Apr 13 2017
Following our stay near Ruse our next stop was Srebarna nature reserve on the Danube. We followed the road that ran parallel to the Danube and made a quick detour into Tutrakan, just because it was a place I had heard of. We saw a sign for the old fishing quarter and so followed that and parked up to take a quick wander and walk the dogs. There were a few old traditional houses, some renovated, some in various stages of dilapidation, but really very little to see. After grabbing a quick drink from a snack bar, we continued our journey east, following the Danube. The road headed inland a little and through very boring flat agricultural land with little to see, until we saw the turning to Srebarna.
We had booked into an English run bed and breakfast for the night and it was well sign-posted and easy to find. After the dogs had had a good run around the garden we went to explore the lake area at Srebarna nature reserve. It was really the wrong time of year to see much but we had a pleasant walk and spotted the odd pelican and a few storks. We decided to eat in the local restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. The food was of a decent quality and the wine was only 55 stostinki’s a glass! After a good night’s sleep and a lovely breakfast, we went back to the reserve and this time opted to drive along the track as far as we could, stopping every now and then to see what we could see with the binocular’s.
Then it was time to hit the road again and carry on east towards the coast. The road dips inland and goes south east towards Dobrich, which seemed pretty grim on a quick drive through. We then headed north east to General Toshevo, as again it was one of those towns I had heard of many times and where many expats seemed to have settled. It was not particularly memorable. Then it was right at Kardam and through various small villages until we hit the coast in the far north of Bulgaria, just under the Romanian border, at a small town called Durankulak. The drive was quite frankly boring. There is nothing to see, just fields and fields of dying sun-flowers and ploughed dirt. It has to be one of the most nondescript areas of Bulgaria, completely featureless as far as the eye can see.
Durankulak is also a nature reserve with a lake and somewhere a nice long stretch of beach, but access to the either seemed difficult to find as as we were both starving we opted to carry on and head to the small coastal town of Krapets.