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 Eurasian 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 HabitatWetland, Plain, Steppe, Agriculture, Grassland, Plateau, Canyon, Valley, River, Sea, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Hilly, Rocky, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Summer, Autumn migration, Spring migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
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