Cape Kaliakra

Dobrich Region  >  Bulgaria

One of the most attractive birding places in Bulgaria. Typical bottle-neck site with excellent combination of sea cliffs, steppe, rocky valley with marshland.

Added* by Petar Iankov
Most recent update 13 April 2020


Interesting combination of various habitats (sea, sea cliffs, stony steppe, rocky gorge with a marsh with river vegetation) in addition to specific geographical position (the coasline sharply turns from North-South into East-West orientation), which makes the site very important for migrating birds. Situated in the North-Eastern part of Bulgaria, it supports some species with eastern distribution, such as Pied Wheatear, and makes the place the closest to Western Europe to see this species. Cliffs provide breeding sites for the Eastern race of the European Shag - Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii. Intensive migration of birds of many species attracts here Eleonora's Falcon, Peregrine Falcon and other, and the abundance of rodents makes Kaliakra traditional breeding site of the Eagle Owl. In May flocks of Rosy Starling pass through the area, and breed there in some years.



The site is well marked, and there is a park site near to the very cape, from where you can walk. There are possibilities to park the car in the near valley (Bolata Valley) and to explore it on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Steppe , Agriculture , Grassland , Plateau , Canyon/cliff , Valley , River , Sea , Reedbeds


Flat , Hilly , Rocky , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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