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Bolata cove
залив Болата
areal view
areal view
Bolata cove is located in Bulgaria
Bolata cove
Bolata cove
Location of Bolata cove
Coordinates: 43°22′55″N 28°28′15″E / 43.38194°N 28.47083°E / 43.38194; 28.47083Coordinates: 43°22′55″N 28°28′15″E / 43.38194°N 28.47083°E / 43.38194; 28.47083
Country Bulgaria
Provinces (Oblast) Dobrich
Municipality (Obshtina) Kavarna
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)

Bolata (Bulgarian: Болата) is a small cove and Nature reserve located in the Northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.

Bolata Cove[edit]

Bolata within Dobrich Province

Bolata cove is located at the northern rocky coastline of the Bulgarian seaside. It is 3 km to the north of the Kaliakra headland. The nearest settlements are Bulgarevo village in about 5 km distance and the town of Kavarna in 13 km to the west.[1]

The place represents a small cove with a perfect semi-circular shape, featuring a beautiful sandy beach. All this is between a brick-colored high cliffs at the end of a rocky canyon. There is a very small river flowing into the sea.

This is the only approachable place where the sea can be reached for kilometers of cliffs spread out northwards and southwards.


In the caves around are found remnants of an ancient settlement dated as far back as 4th century B.C. In the area of Bolata was also found a Maltese cross which testify to the foreign trade relation of the Second Bulgarian Empire with the Republic of Venice and Genoa.

During the communist regime, on the right side of the canyon above the cove, there was built a top secret base. That's why few people knew about the place. There is some talk about a telephone cable that started from here and through the cove and sea connected leaders of Bulgaria and Soviet Union. The semi-abandoned buildings and a watch-tower can be seen nowadays on the plateau around Bolata.

The Reserve[edit]

Little bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

In the sky of Bolata cove passes the so-called Via Pontica one of the main roads (north to south) of the migratory birds. Bolata is the only reserve in Bulgaria that includes sea area in its territory. Many interesting species make their nests here. Among them are:

In the area of Kaliakra and Bolata can be often seen short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis).



  1. ^ "Bolata Bay Near Cape Kaliakra". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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