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About 6 km northeast of Cape Kaliakra is the uniquely beautiful area – The Bay of the Birds (in Turkish “Taukliman”) – a lovely place with small beaches and terraced slopes, abundant mineral water and many rocky islets scattered along the shore.

“Taukliman” is surrounded by a plateau, standing 70 meters above sea level. Especially beautiful are the caves located in its higher section – the “Grand Maara”; “Temnata Dupka” (the longest one, 170 meters); the “Aragonite cave” (richly decorated with beautiful aragonite crystals) and the cave “Igleno Uho” (with red-colored synth formations).

Between the terraces of the slopes small caves are scattered, providing refuge to rare species of birds and reptiles listed in the Red Book of Bulgaria. The area is a true paradise for birds along the migration route Via Pontica. Each spring, flocks of thousands of gulls, geese, sanderlings, plovers and other birds stop to rest in the bay before continuing north to the Eastern plain, to Central and Northern Europe. In the fall they rest here again, before continuing south to the Nile Delta.

“Taukliman” is famous not only for its nature but also for its archaeological finds. According to researchers, the rock caves were inhabited by Thracians, Greeks, Romans and Slavs, and most likely also served as sanctuaries. In the area were found the remains of ancient medieval villages, parts of a late antiquity fortress, a Byzantine fortress from the 5th c. and interesting circular stone structures used for wine production. Where: 6 km northeast of the Cape Kaliakra, near Kavarna. The area is accessible by car up to the entrance of the “Rusalka” resort.

The access to the bay itself is limited. Buses serve the line Kavarna – “Rusalka” every day, in 9.30 and 15.45.

For more information – Bus Station Kavarna, tel.: 0570 23 90 8. When: the best time to visit is between May and September.

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The “Bolata” Area The Bay of the Birds (“Taukliman”) “Yailata” Protected Area