cape Kaliakra Travel Guide

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Kaliakra (Bulgarian: Калиакра; Romanian: Caliacra) is a long and narrow headland in the Southern Dobrudzha region of the northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, located 12 km south-east of Kavarna and 60 km north-east of Varna.

The coast is steep and has cliffs reaching 70 m down to the sea. In the area the last remains of steppe habitats in Bulgaria occur. Kaliakra is a nature reserve, where dolphins, shags and a numbers of typical steppe birds can be observed, it is one of the very good birdwatching sites in Bulgaria.

It is identified by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds/BirdLife Bulgaria as an Important Bird Area and a Natura 2000 site. There are features and ruines of the fortified walls, water-main, baths and residence of Despot Dobrotitsa's medieval capital.

Kaliakra was the site of the naval Battle of Cape Kaliakra on 11 August 1791, part of the Russian-Turkish War of 1787-1792.

Since 2005 there is a large medium wave transmitter with 9 guyed masts near Kaliakra, the Kaliakra Transmitter.

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