Balchik

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Balchik
Port of Entry
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Satellite view of Balchik

Balchik (Bulgarian: Балчик, Turkish: Balçık, Romanian: Balcic) is a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort in the Southern Dobruja area of northeastern Bulgaria. It is located in Dobrich Oblast and is 42 km northeast of Varna. The town sprawls scenically along hilly terraces descending from the Dobruja plateau to the sea.

This port is the most northerly port in Bulgaria and the best port to clear in if coming from Romania.

Charts

See Bulgaria.

Weather

See Bulgaria.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

The approach to Balchik is straight forward and its breakwater can be easily seen from a distance.

When coming from the North (Romania) you will be called on VHF channel 16 by the Bulgarian border control authority when rounding Nos Kaliakra, requesting pertinent info. about boat and crew. They will also notify the border authorities in Balchik by telephone.

Caution: When coming from the South there is a permanent long fishing net set up a little to the West of the harbor entrance, with no lights.

Entrance

Balchik is a port of entry to Bulgaria.

If you are coming from the North (Romania) you will be called on VHF channel 16 by the Bulgarian border control authority when rounding Nos Kaliakra, requesting pertinent info. about boat and crew. They will also notify the border authorities in Balchik by telephone.

For details see Bulgaria.

Berthing

The harbor now operates as marina with floating docks. It provides good all-round shelter.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The pontoons are suitable for yachts up to 12m. While longer yachts can use them in fair weather, in strong northerly winds it might be safer to try and find a berth alongside if available.

Depths are at least 2.5 m.

There are shower and WC facilities.

Anchorages

None.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Limited.

Marine Stores

None.

Repairs/Yards

Limited, ask at the marina office.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
Can be arranged, ask at the marina office
Water
At the floating docks
Electricity
At the floating docks

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

The Balchik Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the the Balchik Botanical Gardens

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Basic provisions in the town

Eateries

  • Kavatci
  • Dionysopoli

Internet/WiFi

In many restaurants and cafés.

Laundry

At the marina.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

?

Transportation

  • Nearest airport is in Varna
  • Several busses per day to Varna (about 40 km)

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Bulgaria.

Comments

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