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Fishing in Durankulak Lake

The atmosphere in this little-visited part of the coast seems to be world away from the packed beaches of Varna, Golden Sands, Sunny Beach and Albena. Locked in rural solitude, it's an ideal place to get away from it all. The village is surrounded by one of the largest and finest beaches (length>6 km.) on the Bulgarian seaside. The sand dunes and the beach are remarkably undeveloped, and the whole gem of place maintains its wilderness and authenticity. The Hellenes used to name the Black sea Pontus Euxinus, amiable sea. And it’s true that the Black sea near Krapets is amiable and hospitable: calm and pure, without ebb-tide, without dangerous fishes, with fine sandy bottom.

Just a kilometer northeast of Krapets is a fish-rich Dourankoulak lake. It attracts fishing fans with plenty of Pike-perch, Carp, Catfish, Bream, Crucian carp, Rudd, and even European eel. The lake, with semi-salty water and swamp flora, is surrounded by steppe vegetation. On the narrow strip separating it from the sea is the sand-dune hugging plant life. It is famous for being a reserve for a number of marsh birds, some of them are registered in the Red Book of the fauna species in Bulgaria.

On the big island in the Durankulak lake is discovered the temple of Kibela - the oldest prehistoric necropolis in continental Europe. Nearby remains of the ancient Eneolithic settlement (existed from 5400 to 4100 B.C) were excavated. Excavation has also revealed many other finds dating back to various periods of human civilization. All archaeological finds can be seen in Historical Museum of Dobrich. Find more details and photos about this unique site here.

South of the Krapets are two more lakes shrouded in bulrushes, the Shabla lake and the Ezerets lake. These lakes are frequented by many varieties of birds, principally ibises, herons and grebes. The wetlands serve as water supply for domestic and industrial use, agriculture irrigation, fishing ( Northern Pike, Perch, Catfish, Carp, Crucian carp, Тench) and livestock grazing

Between Krapets and cape Shabla is situated a landscape of deserted beaches and crumbling ochre cliffs that carries on for kilometers. Nearby the town of Shabla is the yachting club where the annual yacht-regatta along the Black Sea coast starts.

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