Property in Balchik region for sale and rent
Balchik is town and seaside resort, situated terrace-like on a small bay on the Black Sea, 31 km north of Varna, 37 km south-east of Dobrich and 500 km east of Sofia. Balchik is third in significance Bulgarian port after Varna and Bourgas, and it is used for medium-size passenger and trade vessels.
After the Second Balkan War, in 1913, Balchick became part of The Kingdom of Romania. The town was regained by Bulgaria during World War I (1916–1919), but Romania restored its authority when the hostilities in region ceased. In 1940, just before outbreak of World War II in the region, Balchik was ceded by Romania to Bulgaria by the terms of the Craiova Treaty.
During Romania's administration, the Balchik Palace was the favourite summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania and her immediate family. The town is the site of Marie's Oriental villa, the place where her heart was kept, in accordance with her last wishes, until 1940 (when the Treaty of Craiova awarded the region back to Bulgaria). It was then moved to Bran Castle, in central Romania. Today, the Balchik Palace and the adjacent Balchik Botanical Garden are the town's most popular landmarks. Currently, three 18-hole golf courses are being developed around the town, two designed by Gary Player and one by Ian Woosnam.