Private forests in Strandja threatened by mass woodcutting

1 February, 2017

Owners of farmland whose properties have become a forest after being overgrown with vegetation are willing to cut the trees out of their fields. However, if this is permited and large areas are deforested, there may be serious problems such as landslides and soil erosion. That is why, during a press conference, Venelin Radkov, director of the Regional Forestry Directorate in Burgas, warned against this.

“We are talking about the so-called forests on farmland. A number of former fields, which have not been cultivated over time, have gradually become forests. The Law on restoration of ownership of agricultural land was adopted on 1 March 1991. From 1991 until now, the owners, if they had any plans to use the land as agricultural could cultivate the land and cut down what has wooded. They suddenly thought of starting to use their farmland. But the legislator clearly says – what is a forest will be managed as a forest, “explained Radkov.

He also commented that each municipality had a commission and for each area it was judged whether it was a forest or not.

“Until recently, there were not many objections. But recently emerged. This is particularly true for the municipality of Malko Tarnovo and in particular to the villages Gramatikovo and Vizitsa. Suddenly over 150 complaints and objections were applied. It turns out that people want to have fields, not forests. But in many places the forest is already fifty years old. And if we are allowed to be felled trees from the areas concerned, imagine what erosion will occur, what runoff, landslides. So there is still work to be done on these complaints. And they are made to receive subsidies. Subsidies for areas that are in Natura 2000 are multiplied by two. It would be interesting for me, after someone has cut off the forest that is on the field, has he done something on this site. We will monitor for municipalities such as Sredets, for example, who are excellent in this respect”, said the Director of the Regional Forestry Agency in Burgas.

 The report of the department on the current distribution of the forest territories shows that the forests on agricultural land are a total one percent of all forests in the Bourgas region.


Strandja Nature Park turned 22 years

25 January, 2017

Strandja Nature Park turned 22 years. We are glad to congratulate our friends.

For many years, friends!

Clip promotes the Magnetic Strandja around the world

15 January, 2017

Strandja Nature Park will become world-famous thanks to a commercial clip. The video was produced with European funding under the project “Communication campaign for popularization of destinations EDEN in Bulgaria – second edition” implemented by the Ministry of Tourism as a beneficiary under the COSME program 2014-2020. EDEN is an acronym of the European Destinations of ExcelleNce European destinations) and represents an initiative that promotes sustainable tourism development throughout the European Union.

Strandja is one of the 12 Bulgarian destinations in the project, which is chosen to be advertised in this way. Short promotional videos last up to a minute and a half. They are created in a way that presents the destinations for Bulgarian and foreign tourists. They also include some of the interesting events and tourist sites on their territory. In the video about Strandja are shown the town of Malko Tarnovo, the flora and fauna of the mountain, the festival “Zelenikata”, the fire-dancing rituals, the Thracian sanctuaries in the Mishkova niva area.

The videos will be among the exhibited materials of the upcoming international tourism fairs to which Bulgaria will participate in 2017. The online space will also be used and the videos can be broadcast also in future advertising campaigns of Bulgaria as well as from the respective destinations for their regional marketing. The materials are also published in 2000 copies of DVD media, in Bulgarian and English versions. It is envisaged that they will be distributed on the spot on tourist fairs, forums and other events in which Bulgaria participates.


Rich open bazaar and culinary competition “Strandja Christmas table” are part of the festive program in Malko Tarnovo

19 December, 2016

From culinary delights, fresh homemade eggs, honey, woolen sandals and beautiful souvenirs to original home decorations, all of this could be seen at the great charity Christmas bazaar in the center of the city today. Prepared and arranged by a community center and a community, it has already become one of the emblems of the cultural program. It includes local producers from the villages of Zvezdets and Stoilovo. This year, however, the bazaar has set a very noble goal – some of the participants in the face of mothers from Malko Tarnovo will donate a chat from the collected funds to help a sick child who needs help and moral support. The bazaar can be seen until the end of the Christmas holidays. For a second consecutive year, the municipality will again challenge the culinary pastimes in the town through the “Strandja Christmas Table” competition. Participation in it will be taken by everyone who wants to show that here are not only nature and people, but also the unique cuisine – whether on a day or a holiday. The organizers expect the dozens of sweaty and meat dishes to be stacked at the tables, related to Christmas Eve and Christmas, as is the case in every house in the area. The number of dishes and their type of participation is unlimited and applications are accepted until 21.12., when is the competition itself. Culinary delights must be arranged until 16:00 in one of the halls of the Chitalishte and the awards are scheduled for 17:00. Meals will be appreciated by professional chefs, and the top three in the competition will receive functional awards.


The “Vulchanov Bridge” remains behind the border fence

8 December, 2016

The Valchanov bridge on the river Rezovska near Malko Tarnovo will remain behind the new border fence, it became clear recently. Information about this is announced through his Facebook profile Diko Patronov, Forest Protection Expert at Strandja Park Directorate. According to him, the area will have a door with a key and through it will be able to enter the remarkable site. “We have been assured that tourists who want to get to the place will be able to do this without any problem,” director of Strandja Nature Park eng. Dimo Dimov commented on “”. He announced that the beautiful ancient forest around the Vulchanov Bridge was not damaged by the construction of the border facility and was preserved. Visitors to the biggest nature park in Bulgaria will be able to enjoy it when they are in the area.


Crazy student’s parties in whole Strandja

8 December, 2016

Guest houses across Strandja expect hundreds of students for today’s student holiday December 8th. The houses have long been reserved and the most preferred villages this year are Stoilovo, Brashlyan, Kosti, Gramatikovo and Bozhura. They are advantageous for students, as one night costs about 20 leva, and food and alcohol can be worn from home.

The capacity of a house is usually for 15-20 people, which is more than enough for a student company. More festive students are ready to make a long weekend and have booked the houses for two or three nights.

Only a few weeks later the houses in Strandja will be full again, but this time for the New Year. If at this point you come along and you make a similar reservation, unfortunately you are already late because the guest houses are occupied since a few months.


Guide to EU funding for the tourism sector 2014-2020

1 December, 2016

This practical guide is intended to help participants in tourism sector by raising their awareness of the opportunities for financing actions to improve their product and its realization through the use of European funds and programs.

The creation of the management corresponds to the changed financing conditions after the approval of the 2014-2020 European Multiannual Financial Framework as well as the specificities of the individual programs financed by the European Union for this planning period.

The manual will be subject to periodic updates from the Ministry of Tourism.

European Structural and Investment Funds for Bulgaria 2014-2020: Operational Program “Innovation and Competitiveness” (OPIC) 2014-2020; Operational Program Regions in Growth 2014-2020; Operational Program “Good Governance” 2014-2020; Operational Program “Human Resources Development” 2014-2020; Operational Program “Transport and Transport Infrastructure” 2014 -2020; The “Intelligent Growth Science and Education” Operational Program 2014-2020; Operational Program “Environment” 2014-2020; Rural Development Program (RDP) 2014-2020; Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Program (MAPD) ​​2014-2020;

Territorial Cooperation Programs (2014-2020). For public institutions, NGOs and some representatives of SMEs, they are: Cross-Border Cooperation Program under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance Bulgaria – Turkey 2014-2020 under which the 1st Call for Proposals has been launched and contracts for The grant scheme; Danube Transnational Cooperation Program 2014-2020; Balkans – Mediterranean trans-national cooperation program 2014-2020; INTERREG Europe 2014-2020; Joint Operational Program “Black Sea Basin 2014-2020”;

Политики и програми на Европейския съюз. Избираеми български организации – общини и НСО са по Програма COSME 2014-2020 и Програма Творческа Европа (Creative Europe) 2014-2020 г.


The International Congress of World Civilizations and Modern Tourism was held in Sofia

30 November, 2016

During the second day of the International Congress of World Civilizations and Modern Tourism in Sofia, the participants discussed the need for sustainability strategies in the tourism industry. Among the attendees were the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai.
The director of the Tourism Management Plan in Angkor (Cambodia), Sok Sangvar, presented the history of the Code of Conduct for Visitors to tourist sites in that area of his country. It includes various requirements such as a ban on smoking, the need for appropriate clothing, observing the signs and others. This regulation dates back to the 12th century and provides for strong sanctions according to the offender’s place in the social hierarchy.
Sok Sangvar also stressed that the plan relies on tourism to create more benefits for local communities, relying on the impact of visitors’ experiences and the development of local infrastructure. Tourism is one of the elements of preserving the cultural heritage, which is like a book, the expert also said. The tourism industry is the publisher of this book, which should not be left in the drawers, Sangvar said.
The anthropology doctor at the University of Chicago in Ethiopia, Professor Zerai Alemseged, presented his country as an attractive tourist destination that has given the world not only coffee but also the earliest found human skeletons in the history of the Earth. We are all from Africa, despite our huge external differences now, he concluded, stressing that culture does not belong to just one nation. According to him, successful tourism has to set several important principles – inspiration, engagement, education, management, but also a lot of stubbornness. Only in this way can the cultural values of human civilization be preserved in the name of a better common future.
Prof. Peter Delev, an expert in ancient history from Sofia University, presented to the participants and guests of the Congress basic information about the Thracian civilization. He presented concrete facts which prove the connection between the cultural and historical heritage of present-day Bulgaria and the ancient Thracian culture. The presentation was richly illustrated with images of Thracian treasures, artifacts, drawings and other unique monuments found in Bulgaria.
Directly on Skype from Peru took part in the congress experts from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism Richard Bazan, who introduced the concept of the institution for the development of the industry. It is geared towards local communities and especially to the rural population in the country, which forms the main destinations. They are beneficiaries in the use of funds for tourism development, but must ensure real and process management of tourist services. Only and high quality tourism guarantee competitiveness of the industry emphasized Richard basis.
Discussions continue with lectures by Zurab Polikashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to Spain and Permanent Representative of its country in SOT, Caroline Kuret, Creator of Creative Tourism Network in Spain and Bulgarian representatives from BAS Valeria Fall and Diana Gergova. At the end of the plenary session, the participants will also accept a joint statement from Congress.

Source: Ministry of Tourism –

Students from Malko Turnovo gain knowledge for NP Strandja

28 November, 2016

At the weekend students of “Vasil Levski” school – Malko Tarnovo visited the Thracian-Roman complex and the Dome Tomb in the “Propada” area near Malko Tarnovo. They were led by Dr. Diko Patronov – one of the founders of Strandja NP. The visit was part of the project “Your Hour”, which was launched on 18 November in the Strandja NP Hall with a film about the largest natural park in Bulgaria and in the Balkans, in which they have the chance to live. During the march to Propada, adolescents understood that the ancient complex is located 3 km northwest of the city. For years, around 40 mounds have been discovered on the slope of the rocky hill. Here are four different tombs in architecture, in which important persons or aristocrats were buried. In the cysts (naturally carved in the rocks or made of marble blocks) they buried ordinary people, but they were also quite wealthy, as evidenced by the archaeological material. Students from “Vasil Levski” school – Malko Tarnovo have started activities under the program “Your Hour” under the direction of Elena Stoyanova, a teacher of natural sciences at the school of the town of Malko Tarnovo. Under this program, 30 topics have been developed and distributed within one academic year. All themes are focused on the knowledge of the unique flora and fauna of Strandja Mountain.


Meetings in Strandja

25 November, 2016

On Dec. 3 at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore with the Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences there will be held a Round Table entitled “Between the Visible and the Invisible: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums”. Specialists from different institutions from Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Georgia will take part in the round table. Organizers of the round table are the Regional Center for Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southeast Europe under the aegis of UNESCO and IEFEM – BAS, in cooperation with the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum. The focus of the discussions will be the ability of the Museum to exhibit intangible cultural heritage in the best possible way. The aim of the forum is through the statements of the invited colleagues and the subsequent discussions to create conditions for the development of important aspects of the theoretical understanding of: the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage and its visibility; Clarifying the methodology by which museums in the Southeast European region are involved in the preservation of intangible cultural heritage, as well as exchange of experience on good practice – ways to ensure its visibility.

The roundtable will be accompanied by the exhibition “Meetings in Strandja” showing the results of the work in the field of preservation of the intangible cultural heritage of two projects implemented by non-governmental organizations with the help of volunteers and supported by the National Culture Fund. The exhibition will be opened on 2 December at 17.30 at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore with the Ethnographic Museum.

Exhibition “Meetings in Strandzha” presents the results of the field study and documentation of non-material cultural heritage, held in August 2016 in several Strandja villages, part of the project “Good day, Master! How did you build it? “. As the title itself suggests, the focus of the study and exhibition is masters who have the traditional techniques of building and processing wood, stone, clay. The project is a development of the Meshtra – Traditional Knowledge and Crafts Association – organization of specialists in the field of cultural and natural heritage conservation.

Source: Institute of Ethnology and Folklore – BAS

Project “The unique nature of Strandja – a potential for sustainable tourism” – TUNS was completed

7 November, 2016

On October 26, 2016 the project “The unique nature of Strandja potential for sustainable tourism” was finalized, financed under the IPA Cross-border Cooperation Program Bulgaria – Turkey 2007-2013, third call. The project was focused on the unique nature of the Strandja Mountain and its favorable natural characteristics for sustainable development of various forms of tourism. Three events and two press conferences were held within the project. Materials were collected – mainly for flora and fauna on both sides of the border supported by a large number of photographs. The most important products that will be made available to the general public are the Tourist Guide in English, richly illustrated with photo material, which at the same time shows us the unique natural wealth along with the dozens of mountain routes on both sides of the border. Also for the first time a Tourist Map showing the routes and landmarks of the mountain simultaneously on both sides of the border is printed. The Map and the Tourist Guide will be distributed free of charge. Another important product is this website, which will be constantly enriched with photos and text materials related to the nature of Strandja.

The Project “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism” is co-financed by the EU through IPA Cross-border Programme Bulgaria -Turkey (CCI 2007CB16IPO008 – 3).

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Bulgaria is already among the countries with the most ancient forests in Europe

4 November, 2016

Bulgaria ranks one of the first places in Europe in terms of biodiversity and forests in old age. This happens following an order this Friday (November 4, 2016) to determine 7% (109,000 hectares) of habitats in Natura 2000 areas as old age forest areas. It is reported by the Forestry Executive Agency.

Thus, Bulgaria ranks among the top places in Europe in the countries with the largest number of forests with such status, the agency said. The results were carried out under a project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Executive Forestry Agency for the protection of forests in the old age.

Forests in the old age are important with their functions of preserving a valuable gene pool. They help to preserve biodiversity and have an important function to improve the ecosystem’s water balance. An old-age forest helps the natural dynamics of vegetation, regeneration processes, tree structure, and natural misbalances to be studied. The study of the natural processes that develop in them helps to sustainably manage the remaining forests.

The issued order is a significant step for the protection of wildlife in Bulgaria, WWF environmentalists comment. It is the result of the long-standing efforts of forest-keepers and environmentalists to meet public expectations and is a reflection of modern perceptions that the forest is not just wood.

In addition to their emotional worth, centuries-old forests have the greatest importance for water conservation, air purification and biodiversity conservation.

“The order of MAF stems from commitments made by the state for implementation of EU environmental legislation regarding the Natura 2000 network ” said Nelly Dontcheva, head of “Forests” in the WWF. Following the example of other European countries a certain percentage of forest habitats in Natura 2000 are left without human intervention, which can be a model for balancing economic, social and environmental interests. For the protection of centuries-old forests over the past decade, contributed the Forest Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the University of Forestry, the Coalition “To Keep Nature in Bulgaria” and the forestry foresters. WWF’s public online platform for forests in Bulgaria is accessible to everyone.


International Black Sea Day – October 31

October 31, 2016

The International Black Sea Day on October 31, 2016 celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Black Sea Strategic Action Plan. On this day in 1996 was signed the Strategic Action Plan for the Rehabilitation and Protection of the Black Sea. In 1996 the governments of Black Sea countries agree that pollution of our common sea creates risks for all border countries.
Black Sea Strategic Action Plan is as follows:
• Symbol of hope for a better future for 16 million people from six countries, populating its coast.
• Perfect example of the commitment of governments in the region towards serious action and real results in the efforts for recovery and protection of the sea.
• Celebration of dedicated and tireless efforts of many people who devote their time and energy to help protect the environment.
Twenty years after signing of the document, despite some signs of improvement, many people, especially those living on the coast reckon that it is time for a change of the perspective in the preservation and restoration of this unique natural system – our common Black Sea.

Farming College to be opened in Malko Tarnovo

October 31, 2016

Today Malko Tarnovo made an important step towards the establishment of the first in the country Farming College. The idea was presented in the hall of the community center and the authors of the project – the agro cluster “Sustainable Development of Strandja” and the local municipality gave guarantees that they will do everything possible for the town to have the College as soon as possible.
The idea is the school to accept students after completion of secondary education. The program will be of two years and during this period the focus will be put on the duality education and learning economics, law and marketing.
The plans are for training of personnel for management of the companies in the agricultural sector. One of training programs, for example, will be “Management of plant-growing and cattle breeding farm.” The college will use the base of the University “Vasil Levski” in Malko Tarnovo. Considered is also an option for building of dormitories, and providing public housing for lecturers.
The necessary funding will be expected under the program “Science of smart growth”, under which Bulgaria could absorb, within the the new programming period, nearly 500 million – a record amount for the education sector.
The experts from the Ministry of Education also gave guarantees that the project will get green light – they approved the curriculum and the idea an Agro College to be established in Malko Tarnovo.
“In Agricultural high schools nowadays there is only a single specialized class remained, the orientation of the others have been amended. And the sector needs skilled labor. Because of this, we have taken steps in the establishment of this Agro College. We believe there is no better place from Malko Tarnovo for such an institution”, said the former MEP Marusya Lyubcheva, who is in the footing of the project.
“All the time we talk about the development of Strandja and we wish to make this place attractive for people. In this regard, I strongly support this project. The idea is wonderful, and to make it happen we must use government leverage, friends, acquaintances, and to lobby in order for this college to be established. Once achieved, it will change the appearance of Strandja”, said in his turn the mayor Ilian Yanchev.

Malko Tarnovo becomes depopulated with only a handful of people remained in Strandja, emphasized the mayor. He called for government support for the development of the region.

“People who live here must be motivated and supported by subsidies, to justify why to invest and stay in Strandja”, added Ilian Yanchev and suggested that part of the taxes to be lower than in other regions.

Source: Flagman


Strandja Park restored the children’s workshop “Strandja Rainbow – ZUNKA”

29 October, 2016

After an 8-year interruption, the Stranja NPP restored the National Children’s workshop “Strandja Rainbow – ZUNKA”. This was made possible thanks to the funds available to the Park from a financial balance under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of His Excellency Prince of Monaco for the implementation of technical cooperation on biodiversity conservation and ecotourism development activities in the region Strandja Nature Park. This was made possible thanks to the funds available to the Park thanks to a financial balance under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of His Excellency Prince of Monaco for the implementation of technical cooperation on biodiversity conservation and ecotourism development activities in the region of Nature Park Strandja.
Today, in Tsarevo was officially opened the children’s workshop, which is called the Strandja rainbow, or in the local dialect – ZUNKA. The forum was officially opened by the director of Strandja NPP Dimo Dimov and the Mayor of Tsarevo Eng. Georgi Lapchev. Both of them wished young artists success and much inspiration. On behalf of the participants for the invitation thanked George Koroychev, head of school “Pastrotsvet” The Little Artist, 8-year-old Miss Tatyana, asked a blessing from God with the song on verses of Ivan Vazov “Prayer”.

The National Children’s Planet “Strandja Rainbow – ZUNKA” is attended by 15 children from 5 art schools from all over the country. Here are the graduates of the Asenovgrad schools ” Pastrotsvet” by Georgi Koroychev and “Venche” by Diana Koroycheva, the first school of Zorka Karazapryanova, graduates of Vasil Levski University of Malko Tarnovo and Sofia University “Dobri Chintulov” Burgas. For weeks the young artists will paint, lined and modeling. As a source of inspiration experts from the park directorate will show their guests interesting places from the territory of Strandja Nature Park and its periphery. All the works of the children will remain in the art fund of the Strandja NP and they will be exhibited with traveling exhibitions.

Source: DNP Strandja

Carles Santana, photographer: You have many types of animals, interesting for shooting, earn from it…

October 28, 2016

Carles Santana is a Spanish biologist and photographer. In the past, he was engaged in management of protected areas. But seven years ago he started, together with a colleague of him a small but successful business, organizing photographing and observation of interesting wild birds and animals in their natural environment.
They began with a single shelter, and currently their company offers 70 shelters in ten regions, mostly in southwestern Spain, out of 500 nationwide. A part of the shelters are located on agricultural land and their owners receive a percentage of the profits. The two manage a team of ten people.
The shelters they build are different, depending primarily on the observed species and their characteristics – some are lying on the water, others are built on pallets.
Their company works with many NGOs, local authorities, landowners, and their number one rule, never ever to be compromised, is the protection of wildlife. Santana visited Bulgaria this month and conducted training in the Eastern Rhodopes on how local people can develop this kind of tourism in a better way. First in their business is always the preservation of nature. If there is the slightest danger of disturbing the animals or affecting their behavior, they do not build shelter on the site they liked. They keep the rules, and if some customers do not play the game, they stop working with them. You can learn more about some interesting details about the boutique and profitable business of “Wildlife Photography” from Carles’s interview in “Dnevnik” – October 23, 2016.
Strandja with its unique natural wealth is the ideal place for nature lovers – photographers.


Round table “Strandja. Agricultural education – agribusiness – perspectives”

October 25, 2016

Round table titled “Strandja. Agricultural education – agribusiness – perspectives” will be held in Malko Tarnovo on Friday, 27.10 from 14:00 in the lecture hall of the Library “Prosveta 1914”. The topic of discussion will be the establishment of Integrated Vocational College for cattle breeding and plant-growing in Malko Tarnovo.
The event is organized by the municipality of Malko Tarnovo and Agro cluster “Sustainable Development of Strandzha”. Co-organizers are NGO “Black Sea Institute” and NGO “European educational center”. The idea of the organizers is to continue the discussion of the Roundtable “Sustainable Development of Strandzha”, held earlier this summer. This discussion is aimed at agricultural education as a factor for development in the region. It is connected with the intentions of creating an Integrated Vocational College for cattle breeding and plant-growing in Malko Tarnovo. The organizers support the thesis that the establishment of such a college is necessary and well-timed, can help to overcome the demographic crisis in the region, and support the targeted training of specialists for the development of the agrarian sector, for which natural resources and climatic characteristics of the region are particularly suitable. As panelists at the roundtable will participate famous scientists and teachers in agricultural universities, representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. There will be invited also investors of all sizes, who operate on the territory of Strandja. The topic of the discussion will be the educational structure in the agrarian sector of the region.
Source: Internet and  newspaper Flagman


Final press conference of the project TUNS

October 23, 2016

Today 23rd of October was held the final press conference of the project “The unique nature of Strandja – potential for sustainable tourism.” The project was implemented by the Youth Association VERDICO of Tsarevo with Thracian Tourist Association (TTA) of the town of Kırklareli as a coordinator and partner. An extensive statement on the related activities and results was given by Mr. Ali Korur, chairman of TTA. The main results were reported as follows: the activities on building a database with information about the nature of Strandja, on both sides of the border, construction of the project website, where the unique wealth of the mountain is represented. An excellent result can be considered the drafting of tourist guide (manual), describing the most interesting routes in Strandja, on both sides of the border, in a booklet form in English. Within the project two seminars and a round table were organized, with their main focus the unique nature of Strandja and its potential for tourism development in the border region. Further more, for the first time nature lovers and hikers are provided with a tourist map covering both part of the mountain into a single common map. For more details – see the project website:

Organizer: Thracian Tourist Association
Date: 23 October 2016
Place: town of Kirklareli

The Project “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism” is co-financed by the EU through IPA Cross-border Programme Bulgaria -Turkey (CCI 2007CB16IPO008 – 3).


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Round table “Factors for Sustainable Tourism in Strandja” in Kirklareli

October 23, 2016

Yesterday, on 22.10.2016, there was conducted a round table under the title “Factors for Sustainable Tourism in Strandja”, the final event under the project” The unique nature of Strandja – potential for sustainable tourism. The event was held in Hotel “ROYAL” (KIRKLARELİ BİLGİÇ).

After opening remarks by the Chairman of TTA – Mr. Ali Korur, several presentations linked to the future of tourism in the region were made. Key presenters were as follows:

Nazir Karacam – “From Legends to our days”. Mr. N. KARACAM is a leading local researcher and presented the potential of the region from a historical perspective (history of the area / from ancient times to the present day). Mr. M.SAYGIN presented also the great potential of the riparian (longos) forests of National Park “Igneada”. He drew attention to the risks and threats to the wealth of this part of Strandja, the main threats being the disposal of waste in the lakes, diverting of water from the local population, the yield of stone etc. and on the ideas for the development of energy sector in the area.

About the forestry resources spoke Fikri ERBAŞ, former director of the Forestry – Kırklareli. On the whole the Turkish tourist community and the local population take very seriously the environmental threats coming from various investment plans such as extraction of inert materials / thermal power plant – Ineada – there is a lawsuit in progress with the government for the development of the nuclear power plant project; Poaching remains a major threat – the population of wild pigs is greatly increased, at the expense of the endangered representatives of forest fauna – the roe and the deer.

The last presentation was made Dr. ALİ ÇAKIR from Edirne University.

Organizer: Thracian Tourist Association
Date: 22 October 2016
Place: town of Kirklareli

The Project “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism” is co-financed by the EU through IPA Cross-border Programme Bulgaria -Turkey (CCI 2007CB16IPO008 – 3).


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The number of the tourist in Strandja is decreasing

21 October, 2016

The tourists in Strandja have decreased this year, announced the director of the Natural Park Strandja Eng. Dimo Dimov. According to him, one of the main problems is that tourists do not stay here for a night. “They come with the tours, go round Strandja, visit the Brashlyan village, the village of Mladezhko, visit our paths and leave. It’s tourism on wheels”, he commented. The tourists were mostly organized by tour operators and almost are not leaving money in the region. The most attractive and famous among tourists are the villages of Brashlyan and Mladezhko. There are between 200 and 250 people a day out there. In recent months there has been a more pronounced decline among tourists in Strandja.
Probably this situation is influenced and because of the fact that all the accommodation in the area was given to the border police and troops, which guard the border of the ever-increasing stream of refugees, FOCUS informs. Thus tourists who wanted to stay in the area remained without an option to find a place to stay.


Round table “Cultural Heritage of Black Sea Strandja through the eyes of researchers”

October 19, 2016

Round table on “Cultural Heritage of Black Sea Strandja through the eyes of researchers” took place in Ahtopol. It was dedicated to the longtime head of the Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol Hristina Angelova. The meeting was organized by “Black Strandzha” Association and its Chairman Eng. Petar Kanev.

At the beginning of the forum the Assoc. Prof. Kalin Dimitrov, head of the Center for Underwater Archaeology, introduced his report “Hristina Angelova – researcher and friend” and recalled the enormous contributions of the prominent Bulgarian researcher for the development of science. He emphasized her role in the organization and implementation of the large-scale marine archaeological project, which has been implemented for two years in the Black Sea. It was proposed that the Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol to develop into a national one and to be named after Hristina Angelova. During the conference the Assoc. Prof. Dimitrov presented to the audience his study on a shipwreck happened during the Ottoman period in the southern Gulf of Kiten. Interesting data for the most recent geophysical surveys on the southern Black Sea presented Kiril Velkovski. In his words, the research conducted proves with certainty that the sea level was once considerably lower than the present. And much of what is now under water before it was land. Prof. Ivan Karayotov gave an account of the underwater archaeological research at the mouth of Ropotamo River. Assoc. Prof. Peter Leshtakov presented the latest data on discoveries related to the archaeological map of Sozopol. He recounted the development of the ancient metallurgy in the area and for the newly discovered, over the last few years, prehistoric settlements near the seaside town. Daniela Agre, archaeologist, shared details about the activities at the archaeological site in Sinemorets, and Stanimir Stoychev presented the report “Archaeological studies of Ahtopol (2016)”. The forum was attended by Valcho Cholakov, governor of the district of Burgas, Assoc. Prof. and Deputy Minister of Culture Boni Petrunova and Stanislav Dimitrov, mayor of Ahtopol.
“I appeal to everyone, let’s make efforts to get ahead of construction”, said Assoc. Prof. Petrunova. “The local authorities and construction companies often try to prevent the realization of archaeological research”, she added. And explained that in many cases construction works are started at a particular land plot on the grounds there are no evidence of archaeological sites on it. The Assoc. Prof. Boni Petrunova appealed to her colleagues to make effort for the as detailed and comprehensive as possible coverage of the collected information for each land plot in the existing information registers.


Source: Association “Black Sea Strandja”,


Seminar “New opportunities for sustainable tourism in the
cross-border region Strandja”

October 17, 2016

On 15 and 16 October in the town of Tsarevo – at the building of the Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre, 2 Nestinarka Street a seminar “New opportunities for sustainable tourism in the border region Strandja” was held. The seminar is organized within the project “The unique nature of Strandja – potential for sustainable tourism.” It’s coordinator is Youth Association VERDIKO from Tsarevo with Thracian Tourist Association of the city of Kırklareli as a partner. The seminar was attended also by representatives of the Turkish partner, by the College of Tourism – Kırklareli, the Association TEMA – Istanbul, non-profit organizations in the region – the associations “Black Sea Strandja”, “Vasiliko”, “Lumen”, “For the Earth”, “Ekopan” and others. The purpose of the seminar was to present opportunities for sustainable tourism development in Strandja mountain, related with nature – wild fauna and flora, to discuss the best practices in tourism and the development of protected areas in the country and abroad, to present the Bulgarian, European and world trends in the alternative, rural and environmentally friendly tourism, some financial instruments for sustainable tourism and investment in protected areas.

Seminar “New opportunities for sustainable tourism in the
cross-border region Strandja”

October 17, 2016

On 15 and 16 October in the town of Tsarevo – at the building of the Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre, 2 Nestinarka Street a seminar “New opportunities for sustainable tourism in the border region Strandja” was held. The seminar is organized within the project “The unique nature of Strandja – potential for sustainable tourism.” It’s coordinator is Youth Association VERDIKO from Tsarevo with Thracian Tourist Association of the city of Kırklareli as a partner. The seminar was attended also by representatives of the Turkish partner, by the College of Tourism – Kırklareli, the Association TEMA – Istanbul, non-profit organizations in the region – the associations “Black Sea Strandja”, “Vasiliko”, “Lumen”, “For the Earth”, “Ekopan” and others. The purpose of the seminar was to present opportunities for sustainable tourism development in Strandja mountain, related with nature – wild fauna and flora, to discuss the best practices in tourism and the development of protected areas in the country and abroad, to present the Bulgarian, European and world trends in the alternative, rural and environmentally friendly tourism, some financial instruments for sustainable tourism and investment in protected areas.

Seminar “New opportunities for sustainable tourism in the
cross-border region Strandja”

October 17, 2016

On 15 and 16 October in the town of Tsarevo – at the building of the Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre, 2 Nestinarka Street a seminar “New opportunities for sustainable tourism in the border region Strandja” was held. The seminar is organized within the project “The unique nature of Strandja – potential for sustainable tourism.” It’s coordinator is Youth Association VERDIKO from Tsarevo with Thracian Tourist Association of the city of Kırklareli as a partner. The seminar was attended also by representatives of the Turkish partner, by the College of Tourism – Kırklareli, the Association TEMA – Istanbul, non-profit organizations in the region – the associations “Black Sea Strandja”, “Vasiliko”, “Lumen”, “For the Earth”, “Ekopan” and others. The purpose of the seminar was to present opportunities for sustainable tourism development in Strandja mountain, related with nature – wild fauna and flora, to discuss the best practices in tourism and the development of protected areas in the country and abroad, to present the Bulgarian, European and world trends in the alternative, rural and environmentally friendly tourism, some financial instruments for sustainable tourism and investment in protected areas.

During the first day of the event reports were presented by  by Ivan Kamburov (NP “Strandja”), Dr. Atanas Orachev (Strandja Black Sea), Dr. Dimitar Sabev (independent researcher in the field of ecological economics) and in the second day – V.Moskov (Burgas Association for Ecological and Rural tourism), Dr. Stefan Peykov (Ekopan) and Dr. Desislava Aleksova (International Business School). Besides sharing knowledge and experience for the development of the region also a number of innovative solutions for sustainable tourism and employment in the region were discussed. In a lively discussion raised many problems and solutions to social, demographic and economic development of the region. The participants agreed on the concept for the development of Biosphere Nature Park Park “Strandja” as an integrated approach for development not only of sustainable tourism, but for the overall economic progress of the region. With speeches and comments part took Varban Moscov and Stefan Peykov, and from the Turkish partners’s side participated Ali Korur (Thracian Tourist Association) and Munur Saygin (College of Tourism – Kırklareli).

The seminar was the second out of the project activities of the Youth Association “Verdiko”, which creates added value in “The unique nature of Strandja – potential for developing tourism in the cross-border region Strandja”. Presentations from the seminar will be posted on the project website:, and subsequently, a revised and expanded version will be issued as a separate collection of reports.

Organizer: Youth Assocoation Verdiko
Date: 15 – 16 October 2016
Place: town of Tsarevo – Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Center

The Project “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism” is co-financed by the EU through IPA Cross-border Programme Bulgaria -Turkey (CCI 2007CB16IPO008 – 3).


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New Public Advisory Board has been elected in NPD “Strandja”

29th September 2016

New Public Advisory Board has been elected in the Directorate of Strandja Nature Park. It includes public figures, representatives of state and municipal authorities in Strandja park, the directors of the 5 State forestries in Malko Tarnovo, Zvezdets, Kosti, Gramatikovo and Tsarevo. The membership includes more business reprsentatives and environmentalists. The chairman of PAB (Public Advisory Board) by law is the director of Strandja Nature Park and now it is Eng. Dimo Dimov.

The newly elected Public Advisor updated the Rules of procedure as it was adopted the recoveries are not less than three times a year. The new moment in the Rules is the ability for the members to express their opinions electronically.

Source: NPD “Strandja”


Without cars and caravans to Mladezhka river

28th September 2016

Access of cars and caravans to natural landmark “The Sources of Mladezhka River” is limited. They can be left in the separate parking lot before crossing the river. This seeks to protect forest areas from fires and illegal logging, as well as protecting the wildlife. The restriction was introduced by an order of the Director of RFD-Burgas Eng. Venelin Radkov. It is assigned to the Directorate of Strandja Nature Park to denote the natural landmark with relevant barriers and signs without compromising the free movement of people and animals.

This is one of the most picturesque areas of Strandja located near the village of Mladezhko, which is located 7 km on the west from the main road Burgas – Malko Tarnovo, 50 km from Bourgas and 32 km from Malko Tarnovo. The natural landmark is located in the village Bliznak (Malko Tarnovo Municipality). It has an area of 24.35 hectares and covers highly slashed karst with several caves and karst springs in the area Kale near Mladezhko village.



World Tourism Day – “Tourism for All”!

27th September 2016

Today is the International Day of Tourism. Traditionally, September 27, World Tourism Organization celebrates World Tourism Day, and this year’s motto is “Tourism for All”.

The initiative this year is to create an environment that covers the needs of us all, nevertheless we travel or stay at home. Sooner or later, but at some point in our lives, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism – disadvantaged groups, families with small children or the aging population.

That is why we want to call on all citizens to learn about the beauty and diversity of our world. Help us spread the importance and benefits that the universal accessibility brings to society on this year’s World Tourism Day!

World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 in order to inform the community about the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. This date is put in the official calendar of the UN and the celebration strives to highlight the tourisms potential to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing some of the most pressing challenges that the world faces these days.



Honey from Kosti village has astonished Italians

25th September 2016

From 22nd to 26th of September in the Italian city of Turin a culinary exhibition “Terra Madre Salone del Gusto” took part. It is where the state forestry of Kosti village presents honeydew, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds announced. This is a special honey, and while it is produced the habitats of lesser spotted eagle has been protected – deciduous oak woods between two of the oldest reserves in Bulgaria – “Silkosia” and “Uzunbodzhak” which are of the largest deciduous forest massifs in Europe. This happens through conservation of forests and also with maintenance of open space in the forest areas important to the livelihood of the bird. Forestry activities in that territory are limited, which would lead to losses for the holding, which is offset by the sale of honey dew. Currently the State Forestry – Kosti, manages 130 beehives located in open forest areas using the unique characteristics of Strandja forests. Thus the alternative use of forests is promoted through the production of non-timber forest products. Honey production in Strandja forestry is supported by the project “Eagle Forests”, financed by the LIFE + Program of the EU, whose partners are Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and the National Forestry. The project will allow the State Forestry Kosti to expand and transform the traditional collection of honey in certified organic production.

The exhibition “Terra Madre Salone del Gusto” in Turin is among the most important international events dedicated to food and gastronomy, which was attended by exhibitors from around the world. The richness and diversity of world cuisine is represented by numerous events, including schools of cooking, educational activities for children and families, winery, cinema, food community forums Terra Madre, conferences on issues related to food production, biodiversity conservation and many others. The theme this year is “Earth Love”.

Source: Project “Eagle Forests”


Burgas area becomes the tourist area “South Coast”

20th September 2016

12 of 13 mayors from Burgas regional municipalities shook hands on creating a tourist area “South Coast”. Inaugural ceremony was held today in Burgas and only from Sozopol a representative was not sent and the organizers were not informed that nobody would attend. The idea of the Management Organization of the Tourist area (MOTA) is all the municipalities in Burgas to develop a joint tourist product that will be offered to various tourism where the municipalities will participate, both at home or abroad. This will fill the existing gaps in marketing and the destination management between municipalities and the Ministry of Tourism. It will also bring together the resources of the different municipalities – they will be advertised as a whole, but each place in the area will offer its own tourist products.

Source: Municipality of Burgas


Burgas area becomes the tourist area “South Coast”

29th August 2016

Fig Ficus Carica, aged more than 250 years and tested in 1987 by a scientific team at Agricultural Academy – Sofia, grows in the neighborhood “Vasiliko” in Tsarevo. Fig (Ficus carica) is the genus Ficus and belongs to the family Mulberry (Moraceae), that belongs to the known mulberry, which is one of the ancient cultivated plants. It is named after the place which is considered its homeland – the ancient region of Caria in Asia Minor. In the IX century BC the fig tree appeared in Greece, and the New World was conquered by the delicious fruit later in the XVI century. In Bulgaria fig tree ripens in early autumn and the harvest is done in several stages, depending on its purpose of consumption – drying, cooking, being eaten fresh.

Source: National Geographic Bulgaria


Tsarevo – the heart of the southern Black Sea coast

25th August 2016

Tsarevo municipality combines the beauty of Strandja, beaches and authentic ritualsthat were preserved in the villages of its territory.

This is what makes the most southern seaside municipality the heart of the new tourist area “South Coast,” said the mayor of Tsarevo Eng. George Lapchev. According to him, the merging of the 13 municipalities in this region will help in creation of a common product that will attract more tourists.

According to the concept of the Ministry of Tourism, the country will be divided into 9 regions. Burgas region will be united in the smallest region called “South Coast”. The municipalities of the region will be part of it, the mayors will join the organization of its management. The adviser of the Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Municipal Council of Burgas, Zhivko Tabakov, introduced the concept of the tourist area in front of the mayors of Burgas.

“The town is among the six seaside communities that has solid experience in the development of tourism. Besides that it owns the largest seashore area, over the years it has managed to preserve the authentic Bulgarian customs that are of a high interest for our foreign visitors. Only 17 km from Tsarevo – in Bulgari village the only folklore reserve in Strandja is situated and it is famous for its custom Nestinarstvo. This spectacular dance is performed in very few places in Bulgaria, so Tsarevo municipality can only be proud of that. Traditionally in August in the seaside town the Festival of honeydew and fish fest is held and huge numbers of visitors come and this indicates that the management thinks for the development of a quality and attractive tourist product”, said Zhivko Tabakov.

“The key for a good tourism is to have movement of people and of course these people will be returning to places that most strongly impressed them, as they bring friends to show what they saw in the South Coast” accounts Eng. George Lapchev. According to him, the unification of Burgas municipality will make them more attractive to foreign tourists who want to learn more for the sea and the mountains, and for archaeological sites in the southeast part of Bulgaria. This, according to the mayor of Tsarevo will lead to more tourists in the region.

Tsarevo Municipality will participate in the tourist area “South Coast” with the longest seashore. Ahotopol, Sinemorets and Brodilovo are very attractive because of the archaeological sites on their territories. For the recent years the local government has begun building of museums to make the preserved artefacts, history and ancient customs more accessible for visitors.

Tsarevo municipality has been an established seaside destination for decades. Here, however, ecological tourism, rural and cultural tourism have also been developing. Various festivals have additional value to the product that is developed by the local administration. During the summer season, the southernmost seaside municipality increases its population to 230 thousand people. Annually it is visited by around 1 million tourists.

Lack of Master Plan remains one of the main obstacles to tourism development. “Another reason that could be an obstacle is the unrealized project for a four-lane road Sozopol – Tsarevo, which is absolutely essential. Just for one day in the peak season, the number of the cars at the entrance of Tsarevo municipality exceeds 25,000. This is a sufficient indicator that shows, it is high time to develop the project, ” explained Eng. George Lapchev.



New map of Strandja and the coast

22nd August 2016

Bulgarian Cartographic Association has announced the release of the first tourist map of Strandja coast and its corresponding European cartographic standard. The fishing village near Burgas is marked. It is distributed with a circulation of 5,000 copies. The first copies were handed to Dimitar Yanchev – Chairman of the association “Sea Accord.” In the new editions the fishing village will be represented by a separate information box, as a significant cultural attraction on the southern coast. Burgas candidacy “Knitting fishing tackle – longlines, nets and pots: millennial craft of Burgas bay” for UNESCO, can now be localized on the European map.

In ancient tradition, cartographers received their status from sovereign and their representations have always had a prescribed value and norm. Not accidentally, the United Nations in New York, has a special cartographic department and collection. We will recall that just a year ago, it was renovated and completed with a generous donation of Bulgarian Cartographic Association, forwarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



The unique Strandja might be the pearl of the tourist area South Coast.

18th August 2016

The mayors of Burgas region work together on development of tourism in the region.

The concept of the ministry provides 13 municipalities in Burgas to be part of one tourist area “South Coast”.

Although it will be the youngest of the nine separate regions, “South Coast” is the most recognizable. Here tourism in its various forms has developed extremely strong. The idea of involving the mayors to the Management Organization of the Tourist Region was accepted by all.

“This new concept provides a good opportunity for advertising and coherence between all of us and there is now hope for the smaller municipalities like ours that the problems hindering the development of tourism, will look differently –they are already regional level problems,” said Mayor of Malko Tarnovo Ilian Yanchev.

Strandja is one of the most popular tourist destinations. In Malko Tarnovo for years it has been worked for the promotion of various routes related to the history and cultural heritage of Bulgaria. Malko Tarnovo is one of the municipalities that has been working for years with other local administrations. The project of Burgas Municipality “The magic of antiquity and nature beauty from Burgas Bay to Strandja” has united Malko Tarnovo, Sredetz, Kameno and Primorsko. This is how the municipalities managed to create a joint tourist product and this allows them to participate in various international fairs and exhibitions.

“Malko Turnovo municipality has serious potential to develop rural tourism, and this has been proven over the years. However, we do not exclude the possibility of a larger presentation and development of hunting tourism in the region through to the Management Organization of the Tourist Region. Currently hunting tourism globally established itself as one of the most popular and the most lucrative, too. Let us not forget that Malko Tarnovo is one of the potential partners in the field of cross-border cooperation between Bulgaria and Turkey, which is another plus, “said Zivko Tabakov – Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Tourism Committee at the Municipal Council in Burgas .

Residents of Malko Tarnovo are proud to have managed to preserve the authentic life, culture and history of the region. For this it is difficult to determine what exactly set Strandja among the unique tourist destinations, commented Ilian Yanchev.

Preserved churches and chapels with national prerevival architecture are a good ground for the development of pilgrimage tourism, says Mayor of Malko Tarnovo.

One of the most significant sites in Malko Tarnovo municipality are places of worship in Mishkova field, mound necropolis in Propada, solar circles in Kamaka, rock consecrated ground in the area Indipascha, cave of St. Marina near Slivarovo village, chapel on cave ‘ St. Trinity “near Vizitsa village. Here is the historical place Petrova Niva, where the decision for Ilinden-Preobrazhenie uprising was made.

” Brashlyan village is an architectural reserve with over 80 houses monuments, restored monastery school and church with sacrificial altar built in the pulpit, dedicated to Zeus – Dionysus. I can enumerate a lot more for a long time, however, the prioritization becomes more difficult. I hope the resources of each municipality to be marked precisely and to be used in the common cause more accurately, “said Ilian Yanchev.

One of the main problems for the development of tourism remains the poor roads. For a small municipality of Malko Tarnovo, maintenance of the infrastructure is beyond the possibilities of the local administration. The road connecting Malko Tarnovo with Tsarevo is a pain for both municipalities, admitted Ilian Yanchev. Despite the difficulties, the municipality manages to attract more than 10,000 tourists a year.



Park “Strandja” offers available paths, shelters and drinking fountains for adoption

16th August 2016

Park “Strandja” turns 21 years. During this period a significant infrastructure was built in the park and it is used by thousands of tourists and visitors of the park. Dozens of shelters near attractive sites were created, dozens of routes were marked, and dozens of fountains were restored and renovated. For visitors information hundreds of informational signs with educational, cognitive and target information for protected areas, natural monuments, rare and protected species, tourism and interpretive trails were put in the park. Following the passage of aging, over time of what was built in the park or the damaged infrastructure by vandalizing, the responsibility for carrying out repairs and restoration work is to the Directorate of the park. In pursuance of this activity, inventory of damaged information signs, shelters, and other elements of tourist routes was carried out in order to improve the tourism and information environment on the territory of the protected area. Despite  the limited funding, NPD seeks all opportunities for this task such as sponsorship by supporting environmental organizations, the forest department, state forest enterprises or by “adoption” of tourist routes from supporting organizations or with an interest in tourism development. This is the practice in many countries and our confidence is that we will find support in tourist circles and nature-loving entrepreneurs.

Dear friends, entrepreneurs, like-minded people, we heavily rely on your outstretched hand. Here are a few phones which you can call not only to help but also to give signals for irregularities or to suggest what more could be made for the vast park area of NP “Strandja”:

Eng. Dimo Dimov – 0889630131

Dr. Diko Patronov – 0886012259

Eng. Stefan Zlatarov 887710686


Source: NPD “Strandja”


Summer Cultural Festivals

08th August 2016

Summer Cultural Festivals begin in Malko Tarnovo. Their opening is on August 22 with a concert of Burgas orchestra on “Preobrazhenie” Square, followed by festive fireworks. Over the next six days, from 9 am until late night organizers offer a very interesting program, combining the traditions of folk art and modern entertainment of any kind. On Tuesday morning, hiking to Valchanov bridge goes ahead but for those who are lazier there are two art workshops on the square of Malko Tarnovo. The evening concert “Voices of Strandja” is with the participation of the orchestra “Zharava” Lazarus Nalbantov, Miglena Dzhelezova, folk groups “Magda Pushkarova” and “Filek”, dance ensemble “Zornitsa”. Wednesday classes for the youngest are still in the same place – the Central Square, and adventurers can embark on a get-to-know trip to the Thracian sanctuary in Kamaka area (Markov stone) and visit the center of Strandja Nature Park in Gramatikovo village.

Source: Municipality of Malko Tarnovo


Bulgaria will try to protect with a geographical name the honeydew from Strandja

04th August 2016

There is a great possibility for Strandja honey dew to be registered as a protected designation of origin. This became clear during the visit of Minister of Agriculture and Food Desislava Taneva in Tsarevo, who opened the festival dedicated to this product. The procedure in the Ministry itself has been nearly completed, said the Minister and pointed out that she proposed this procedure in order the honey to acquire a larger market.

With the registration of Strandja honey dew, Strandja will become an industrial zone of honey production, said Manol Todorov, chairman of the beekeeping association “Strandja honey dew” during the Festival, quoted by “Focus” agency.

This year’s harvest of Strandja honey dew is with very good quality, but the quantity is small, the manufacturers have indicated. Around 4.300 million Levs is the resource that is available to the sector “Beekeeping” this year, said Taneva. Taneva announced that European Commission has authorized Bulgaria for the Programme for Rural Development to finance environmental projects for the production of honey. They provide mobile apiaries to be located in areas protected by NATURA 2000. Subsidies are expected to be at 15.37 euros on a bee family. Now it is forthcoming to identify the mobile hives on new rules and from the next year the owners can practically apply.


The Anchor museum – on the track of time

1st August 2016

In the southernmost town located on the Black Sea coast – Ahtopol, there is a relatively young but interesting and rich with artifacts and perfect arrangement Museum – “History of the Anchor.” The exhibition is designed as a public collection of the association “Strandja Black Sea”, chaired by Eng. Petar Kanev. Scientific project management is entrusted to the historian PhD Atanas Orachev. What does the museum exhibition contain?

Large anchors located in lawns that are mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries – notes Dr. Orachev. – The internal exposition tells the very history of the anchor. There are virtually all variations of this basic marine facility that are found in the Black Sea from the middle of the second millennium BC to the first half of the twentieth century. Over the display windows and on podium you can see various artifacts from shipwrecks. The collection has been collected for six years and it is one of the largest in the world as types of varieties. The findings are actually from the water areas between Cape Maslen and Rezovo. This coast was the most dangerous for shipping in the Black Sea.

Besides anchors and their remnants, many coins and other objects have been found in the waters of the Black Sea. The museum has a collection that presents the history of Ahtopol and its inhabitants. Looking at the exhibition, visitors can be informed in three languages: Bulgarian, English and Russian. The museum is the first public collection created in Bulgaria. It is funded entirely by donors.

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Healing spring at the altar of a monastery

31st July 2016

Large-beech monastery “St. Petka (Life reception source) ” attracts with its healing power. At the altar there is a holy spring “Life reception source.” Water is miraculous and cure many diseases.











The Great-beech monastery is the only survivor and an active men’s monastery in Strandja. It is located 4 km east of the village of Golyamo Bukovo (called Kodzha beech until 1934) and 50 km south of Burgas. The monastery is located in one of the least visited parts of Strandja in pretty wild and thinly populated area.

The spring water

On Bright Friday it is a church holiday (the first Friday after Easter), when pilgrims from home and abroad come attracted by the healing power of the spring. “Life reception source” treats kidney, liver, gallbladder, infertility, neurosis. Living water returns eyesight. Some time ago Easter gathering took place at which girls played graceful folk dances,  grandmothers went round with candles to keep the girls safe. Cloister is supported by the priest Evtimij, who has been living there since he was 20. The church, the residential building and the mural paintings are renewed.

Some time ago a Russian prophetess predicted that the monastery will strike a bell. The bell ringing has already been echoing in Strandja. It is a gift of the Czech scientist Dr. Peter Lechner, who heard about the unusual spring while he was on vacation at sea. The water healed him from a serious illness and he donated the bell.


Cosmic energy impact

The famous scientist Michael Geyler of the Moscow Center for Traditional Medicine in 1992 measured the energy area and found out that after the Himalayas the temple in Golyamo Bukovo is the second cosmic energy radiation area in the world.

The monastery was built in the XII century over an ancient temple. From the Sinai Mountain Gregory Sinait came down. He is a man who had dreamed the healing Strandja spring. He set off by ship from Istanbul to Sozopol, entered in the mountain and founded a monastery. He asked for support from Tsar Ivan Alexander. St. Theodosius Tyrnovski joined the monks of “Life reception source” having left the senior public office position in the palace, and St. Romylos Vidinski from Parorian Monastery” St. Gregory Sinait”- this is the cradle of hesychastic movement existed until XIVcentury when it was destroyed by the Turks.

Life-reception temple was rebuilt in 1873 by Costa Yanov from Golyamo Bukovo. He had been long suffering and once he dreamed St. Marian who ordered him to found the mysterious place “Golemiyat Zmiylak” near Osman Bair. The sick man followed the advice of the Mother of God and he washed with the water and finally he was healed. During the construction an iron cross was discovered, brass censer, marble slab “Holy See”. In 1903, the monk Guy acquired 1016 acres of land. Wealthy and strengthened, monastery got new outbuildings.



Strandja Honeydew Festival

30th July 2016

Strandja Honeydew Festival and bee pollens “Tsarevo – the kingdom of honey dew” will be held in Tsarevo from 1st to 10th August. The official opening of the twelfth festival is at 10:00 am on August 1 in the center of Tsarevo. The event will be attended by Minister Desislava Taneva, Mayor of Tsarevo Municipality eng.Georgi Lapchev, Kirilka Yanina, Head of “Bee, Milk and Interventions,” Anna Petrova Principal Expert of “Initial Aid for Young Farmers”, Irina Lazarova – Director of “Agricultural Market Mechanisms” (AMM), Sylvia Vaslileva – Head of “Breeding and Genetic Resources” and others.

The exhibition is held every year. Beekeepers from around the country will participate in the event, who will present all kinds of bee products to residents and visitors of Tsarevo during the festival days. The festival of honey dew will continue until August 10 in Tsarevo.

Honeydew is produced mostly in Strandja because of the favorable weather conditions in this part of the country. It is a product prepared from the mildew on the leaves of oak and linden tree, hence the name “honeydew.” This mildew is obtained with the help of insects, which pierce the plant foliage. Insects eat a part of the sweet juice that is expiring, and the rest retains on the leaves in a form of sticky liquid. When near the bees there are no nectar plants they collect the mildew and make honey. Honeydew is known for its beneficial properties. It is rich in minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins, monosaccharides, folic acid.


Tsarevo municipality, association “Strandja honeydew”, “Agriculture” Regional Department – Bourgas

Press conference organizers and participants in the festival. Meeting of Minister Desislava Taneva with beekeepers and representatives of the state institutions.

Irina Lazarova – Director of “Agricultural Market Mechanisms”

Kirilka Yanina – Head of “Bee, Milk and Interventions”

Anna Petrova – Principal Expert of measure 6.1.”Initial Aid for Young Farmers”

Sylvia Vaslileva – Head of “Breeding and Genetic Resources”

Vanya Statkova – Principal Expert of Department “Direct Payments and Quality Schemes”

Registration of Strandja honeydew as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).


Teeth of cave bear found in Strandja

08th July 2016

Teeth of cave bear have been found for the first time on the territory of Strandja Mountain. The remains were found a few days ago, said biologist Stoyan Yordanov from Ecoassociation “Agalina.” While doing monitoring of bats in the mountains, Yordanov with his colleagues Gani and Emil Zorvaryan encountered the remains – six teeth in a heavily accessible corridor of Bratanova cave. According to them precisely because of the inaccessibility of the corridor, the remains have survived. Eight years ago, again in Bratanova cave only one tooth of a cave bear was discovered, but then the discovery looked futile because it was a single finding. For the currently found remains it is believed to belong to several copies. This shows that thousands of years ago these majestic animals had lived here. Cave Bear is a disappeared representative of the family bears that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene. The species was extinct in the beginning of the last ice age, about 27,500 years ago. The name “cave” stems from the fact that fossils of this kind have been found mostly in caves and points out that this kind had been spending more time in the caves than the brown bear, which uses caves only for hibernation. As a result, from the time being, entire segments of the bones and substantially whole skeletons have been found in many caves.



September 3 to 4, ULTRA TRIATHLON “Lionheart” STRANDJA

02 July 2016

3 km swimming, 115 km mountain bike, 18 km run. This will be the test, the participants in the “Lionheart” have to pass, on 3 and 4 September. It is the first ultra cross triathlon, held in Bulgaria, and the mystical Strandja Mountain was chosen to be the venue, including some of its most interesting historical sites and districts.

The format ultra triathlon is new to the country. The triathlon volume is repeatedly increased than the traditional three stages, making the race a real test for physics and will of the participants. To finish successfully, athletes will have to travel 136 km route with an overall positive displacement of 2336 meters. Base camp of “Lionheart” and the starting point for the three disciplines will be Pearl beach near Primorsko. Right there, in the Gulf, the test of endurance will start with the first challenge – swimming. The next is cycling, as the route of Pearl continues through the villages Pismenovo, Zabernovo, along Veleka river, Kachul area and then to Kosti, Bulgari and Fazanovo to finish again in Primorsko. And finally – running that moves north to Cape Maslen, Begliktash, Bay St. Paraskeva, Lion’s Head and finally to beach Pearl.

The Ultra Triathlon carries a name inspired by one of the landmarks of Strandja and the surrounding area of Primorsko – “Lion’s Head”. It is emblematic for the region and all the participants who reach the final stage of the race will pass near it – running in the magical reserve “Ropotamo”. “With this event we want to take the contestants out of ‘comfort zone’ of roads and exhaust gases and to put them in one of the purest and wild mountains of Bulgaria.” – Philip Shavov tells about the race and the track – one of the organizers of the “Lionheart. ” Besides the opportunity to touch to some of the most impressive and mystical parts of the mountain and to challenge themselves and other competitors, participants in the “Lionheart” will have another serious incentive ,to show the best of themselves. The prize fund of the event is very attractive and has a total value of 5,000 levs. It will be distributed among the top five finishers in each category. Meanwhile all other contestants will receive T-shirts, first aid kits and nutritional supplements for recovery. For those who reach the final, there will be medals. The enrollment has already begun and the call is addressed to all Bulgarian and foreign athletes and amateurs, who want to put them on endurance test, but also to experience the beauty of the magic Strandja Mountain.



Strandanski-Sakar collection has been recovered

10th June 2016

At the beginning of the summer research season, there will be held an open session of the Editorial Board of the Strandja-Sakar collection. For the uninitiated ones we announce that the collection is one of the few interdisciplinary scientific periodicals in the country. It was founded by the famous Bulgarian scientist prof. Alexander Fol in the 90 years of the last century. It is issued in Malko Tarnovo, which is the reason the town was inscribed in the world reference library.

Traditionally, in Strandja most of its founders will gather together, including: Eng. Petar Kanev – today an MP from Burgas region, public figures as: Dr. Todorka Murdjeva, Tzena Koseva, Dr. Peter Peykov, Slava Yordanova and the publisher Dr. Stefan Peykov. Three of the founders of the collection, which is referenced by many libraries in the world, will not attend the meeting in the “mountain of eternal return.” These are prof. Alexander Fol, Iliya T. Petkov and prof. Krumka Sharova. They left us significant work that needs to be continued.

To participate in the reconstruction of the only multi-volume scholarly journal devoted to the municipalities located along the Bulgarian-Turkish border a wide range of adherents and users will be invited . These are mayors, representatives of universities and research institutes – participants in the program, leading scientists, MPs, local cultural and scientific intelligentsia. The aim is to encourage and continue the undoubtedly beneficial presence of Bulgarian science in this part of the country to the new conditions and geopolitical situation.

Fast and effective access of Bulgarian municipalities from Strandja-Sakar region to research products that can be a source of development – this is the new task put before the restored edition, to ensure European and national funding through developing projects. It is intended to issue  thematic volumes, supporting the development of border municipalities of Tsarevo, Malko Tarnovo, Burgas, Sredets, Bolyarovo, Elhovo, Harmanli, Lyubimets, Svilengrad and Ivaylovgrad.

The Editorial Board will be completed and its chairman elected. The agenda of the meeting is the issue of Volume V, Book 1, dedicated to the “The FOREST – a bridge between the generations.”

It is expected to be decided – in any future volumes of the edition to be published a memorial box with text for the contribution of the collection founders.

During the meeting it was introduced a new address to the extremely rich fund of the Research Program “Strandja-Sakar ‘in support of regional economic development. This is the largest and most far-sighted Bulgarian scientific initiative for the state territory, now a border of the European Union.




Strandja lurks a reserve at the age of 83 in their bosom

29th May 2016

Today it is celebrated 83 years since the announcement of the first reserve in Bulgaria – “Silkosia” which is located in the Nature Park “Strandja”. This happened on June 29, 1933 by royal decree № 8485. The reasons of this decision are described “… due to particularly valuable and rare forestry species, as well as the typical shrubby and herbaceous vegetation that represent huge interest Dendrologic, floristic, phytogeographic and ecological point of view …”

Source: NPD Strandja


Museum in Primorsko

26th May 2016

The museum is highly anticipated by the locals. In 2014 in the building of the municipality of Primorsko, it was opened a temporary exhibition of artifacts that have been found in the recent years in the course of archaeological excavations in the area. The aim of this exhibition was to expand its frames and to grow in the Municipal Historical Museum. The building, which is set for the museum is the former public bath of Primorsko. Historical Museum Primorsko aims to expose the oldest and the latest findings of the ongoing archaeological excavations on the territory of Primorsko. The exhibited artifacts are materials of the fortress wall on”Urdoviza” Peninsula, a burial mound in the area “Chenger”, Thracian Sanctuary “Beglik Tash” and dolmens located around it. Honour for the locals is that Primorsko Historical Museum presents a number of valuable exhibits and collections of other museums in the country – National History Museum, Regional History Museum – Burgas, Municipal Cultural Institute and Centre for Underwater Archaeology – Sozopol. Cultural valuables are presented by private donors. All the submitted pieces were found near the coastal mountain slopes and the water area of Primorsko Municipality. The exhibition is rich and interesting for all visitors who appreciate and take interest in the most ancient history to today. Besides archeology, the museum has an ethnographic collection, which provides visitors with information about the life and lifestyle of people of several generations backwards. There are exhibited costumes, everyday objects, tools, utensils and many other interesting, especially for foreigners, everyday objects of our ancestors. The museum expects to receive and preserve cultural values of different ages, donated by the locals who have been keeping them at home so far. Its mission is to preserve, display and explore values, with the aim of cultural enrichment of all the visitors. Besides the exposure in the museum, people will be directed to some basic and interesting historical sites of the municipality of Primorsko that can be visited if they show some interest. These are the Thracian Sanctuary “Beglik Tash”, the fortress “Vulchanovo Kale”, located above the Ropotamo river and others.


Source: Primorsko municipality


Newfound field of Strandja blueberry

21st May 2016

Dr. Diko Patronov: Shrubs have been found in “Sminenovo”area and in “Vitanovo” reserve –”Cold Water” area near the town of Malko Tarnovo. The expedition consisted of me and the head of division Grud Pavlov of the State Forestry- Malko Tarnovo. This is an extraordinary event, included on the agenda of NPD and it confirms our expectations for a wider spread of the Strandja blueberry. Including today’s findings of Strandja blueberries, the total area of east-beech forest with blueberry reach about 300ha.This type of forest is protected under the European Directive for priority forests – only represented for Europe in Strandja. It is found in the high mountains – over 400 metres above the sea level in the territory of the State Forestry Malko Tarnovo. Along with the Strandja blueberry in the undergrowth of the forest there are evergreen laurel, holly and wildly tree. The east-beech forest with Strandja blueberry occupies shady moist and slightly enlightened ravines – from Gramatikovo and Slivarovo to Malko Tarnovo and Brashlyan. We will continue to seek new fields to preserve this unique bush. For Strandja blueberry in 1938 akad.Daki Yordanov wrote that “… in the coming decades some of Strandja flora may disappear like yew and Strandja ( Caucasian) Blueberry” because of the human activities – logging and grazing! And he was right! If we have in mind where the blueberry fields have left, we should (in his memory) merge many forestry efforts and professionalism, in order to prove he was wrong!

Source: NPD “Strandja”


Seminar “The Unique Natural Heritage of Strandja” in Kirklarely

16th May 2016

On May 14 to 15 in Kırklareli town a seminar “The Unique Natural Heritage of Strandja” took place within the project “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism.” Lead partner is the Youth Association VERDICO – Tsarevo and a partner Thracian Tourist Association (TTA) of Kırklareli town. The seminar was organized by the Turkish partner TTA. The seminar was held at the following program: Presentation on “Biodiversity in Strandja region – Turkey” from Dr. M.Saygan – Anatolian University. The lecturer presented the phenomenal nature of “Forest Reserve Ineada – Province Kırklareli” – applying for the status of a Biosphere Park under the auspices of UNESCO. Rare dense formations extends on an area of 3155 ha and 10 km long coastline – containing marshes and lakes with fresh and salt water. Here are four main sites – the lakes Erl, Mert, Saka, Koreni. Lake Mert is of a particular interest with its “outbreaks” during spring when the groundwater rises sharply. The plant world is a diverse and biotype and rich with white and black oak. The fauna is also very rich and varied with the whole range of mammals to insects. Dr. Saygan presented the opportunities that the National Park allows for the development of tourism: photographing birds from nature-lovers and environmentalists, professional photographers, ecotourism.The territory is extremely attractive for development of sustainable and sightseeing tours. The urbanization problems of the region were brought up, issues in concern with minimal damage to the environment.

The second report was a continuation of the first – “Alternative and Environment Friendly Tourism” delivered by Dr. F. Massut by the Department of Tourism of the Province Kaklareli. There were raised issues for ecotourism in Strandja and Dense Forest Reserve and as a first step the routes on Turkish territory should be determined and described.

Brief presentation “Opportunities for photo hunting” in the territory of Strandja.

With speeches and questions by representatives of partner organizations S. Angelov and Ali Korur took part. The seminar ended with wishes for hard work to protect the natural heritage and its promotion in the tourist destinations of both countries.

The Project “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism” is co-financed by the EU through IPA Cross-border Programme Bulgaria -Turkey (CCI 2007CB16IPO008 – 3).

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Project „The unique nature of Strandja – Potential for Sustainable Tourism”

01st May 2016

The Youth Association “VERDICO” – Tsarevo implements the project “The Unique Nature Heritage of Strandja” ( “The Unique Strandja Nature – potential for sustainable tourism”) funded under the Program for IPA Bulgaria – Turkey 2007-2013 – IPA Cross-Border Programme CCI Number 2007CB16IPO008-3 (third call for proposals). Partner of the association is Thracian Tourist Association ( Kırklareli town- Turkey).

The project objectives are: To promote the opportunities for sustainable tourism development in Strandja mountain, connected with nature – wildlife as well as the interesting natural attractions; Making exchange of experiences between businesses, institutions and NGOs from the border region, in order to be implemented innovative solutions for sustainable tourism; Creating a model for cross-border network for sustainable tourism – a factor for sustainable economic development of Strandja.

The main project activities are:

  • To create a database of Strandja Mountain with interesting nature sites and attractions, habitats of the unique animal and plant species, tourist routes, etc.
  • To build an Internet platform with a digital map of natural attractions.
  • To issue a catalog of the three languages including pictures of the sights of the mountains.
  • And finally to held a round table “Factors for Sustainable Tourism in Strandja”.

The practical results of the project are focused on the border region covering the whole Strandja. The partners have already started to work in support of sustainable tourism development in the border region.

At present, MOEW is closing cases for the selection of contractors for the project activities.

The project is co-financed by the European Union through the IPA CBC Bulgaria – Turkey (IPA Cross-Border Programme (CCI number 2007CB16IPO008)).

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