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A: St. George Camping near Kavarna, Bulgaria

by Nick Spirov, 7.7 km away

A wonderful place on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria - one of the last wild beaches left.Located in a...

St. George Camping near Kavarna, Bulgaria

B: St. George Camping near Kavarna, Bulgaria

by Nick Spirov, 7.8 km away

A wonderful place on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria - one of the last wild beaches left. Located in ...

St. George Camping near Kavarna, Bulgaria

C: St. George Camping near Kavarna, Bulgaria

by Nick Spirov, 7.8 km away

A wonderful place on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria - one of the last wild beaches left.Located in a...

St. George Camping near Kavarna, Bulgaria

D: Wildness

by Valentin Matache, 10.9 km away

Wildness

E: Lighthouse Golf and Spa Resort

by Valentin Matache, 10.9 km away

Lighthouse Golf  and Spa Resort

F: Bulgaria, Kaliakra, Cliffs

by Thomas Blanket, 12.6 km away

Bulgaria, Kaliakra, Cliffs

G: Balchik Road

by Reza Pazhouhesh, 12.9 km away

Balchik is about 40 km north of Varna from which there are regular minibus services, roughly every tw...

Balchik Road

H: Cape Kaliakra

by Nick Spirov, 13.0 km away

Cape Kaliakra

I: Cape Kaliakra

by Nick Spirov, 13.0 km away

Cape Kaliakra

J: Kaliakra

by Reza Pazhouhesh, 13.0 km away

Kaliakra

This panorama was taken in Bulgaria, Europe

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