Once a country behind the Iron Curtain Bulgaria was a distant country to many of the western eyes filled with cold war assassinations and spy games behind the Eastern block. But Bulgaria today is in a different era than it was years ago. Bulgaria has a lot to offer for the traveller and holiday visitor, with her rocky coastline, sandy beaches, wild mountain meadows and around 300 days of sunshine a year. Lionsgate guest house ideal located for a relaxing break in the rural mountains of Bulgaria with goldern beaches and warm waters just a couple of hours drive. Sofia the captial of Bulgaria within easy reach for a days shopping enjoy a relaxed meal with good glass of Bulgarian wine in one of many cafe bars within one of the oldest citys in Europe.
The botanical garden of Balchik is situated in the former summer residence in the palace of the Romanian Queen Maria. The garden covers an area of 65 decares. Numerous rare exotic plant and tree species grow in it. One of the most interesting collections of more than 250 Cactus and other succulent species covers a total area of 1 decare. This collection is second richest in Europe after the collection in Monaco. In the botanical garden, there are many exotic and rare trees such as: rubber, sequoia, gingko, magnolia etc. Around 2000 different plant species grow in this unique garden.
The “Tihoto Gnezdo” (The silently bird's nest) Palace is situated near the sea, between three steep shores. The palace is inaccessible for winds and rich in a variety of flowers, trees and water. The working drawing for the palace is made by Italian architects, Americo and Augustino. A small magnificent palace combining different architectural designs has been constructed for 11 years. The palace was totally completed in 1947. The Queen Regina Maria is English by birth. She spent most of her childhood in Egypt, therefore, the palace combines Roman, oriental and Christian symbols.
Both the Botanical garden and the Palace in Balchik are among the most popular tourist spots in Bulgaria. They host numerous cultural events and expositions.