Sinemorets Beach (Veleka Beach)
Set close to the Turkish border Veleka Beach is one of two beaches in Sinemorets, and by far the nicest. In fact it is one of the most striking and iconic beaches in Bulgaria consisting of a narrow strip of soft white sand which juts out across the mouth of the Veleka River as it empties into the Black Sea. This creates a beautiful beach with the sea to one side and a lagoon behind.
Until the 1990s this area was off limits to outsiders with the communist government not happy to have visitors so close to the Eastern Bloc borders. However, things are very different now and if you’re a hiking enthusiast, you can explore the coastal trails near the fishing pier or along the Strandja Nature Park to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, if you love fishing, seafood, and seaside photos, a trip to the pier is an absolute must.
Just to the north of Veleka Beach is a rocky bay which is home to the “ships”. These are natural rock formations that look like the hulls of ancient, stranded ships, jutting out of the sea. These are a firm favourite with photographers, particularly towards sunset.
That said, if you’re going “sightseeing” here, be aware – you may “see” more than you bargained for! The section of beach beside the Veleka Lake is totally “clothing optional”. For those looking to sunbathe or bare all, Sinemorets Beach is all about “freedom”!
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