Shabla Lighthouse
Shabla Lighthouse
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,654 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We were actually going to the village of Tyulenovo and that lighthouse was not on our itinerary but due to a road confusion we ended up in front of it :).
It is the oldest lighthouse on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (more than 150 years of service - since 1857) and is located on the easternmost point of Bulgaria. Some say, it is a diminished replica of the lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.
The lighthouse suffered damages during a strong earthquake in 1901 which required it to be strengthened and clamped in a steel framework.
You cannot get too close to it because it is in a military area with restricted access but there are some boards next to the fence with information about it and the village that was in the area of modern Shabla.
I would not say it should be on your bucket-list but if you are passing by you can take a look.
Written May 29, 2021
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Travel Critic
United Kingdom444 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Business
The lighthouse is inaccessible to the public but does stand majestically and is a relic of times gone by. Funding from the EU enabled the area to be improved and the lighthouse repainted. There is a gift shop and cafe nearby, and of course views of the sea.
Written September 8, 2023
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Desislava
Plovdiv, Bulgaria569 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Nice place to see, if you are visiting Shabla. The lighthouse is old and with interesting arhitecture. It would be great if were possible to enter inside the building, but this is not the case here due to military zone restrictions. Around the lighthouse there are some interesting art installations . Strange looking pyramids, which could also be interesting for some of the visitors. I would say this is most interesting place in Shabla only because they aren't many more ;)
Written September 21, 2020
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Andy B
Southampton, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
This area is very natural without the demands of the city,walk the cliffs and admire the view over the Black Sea
Written November 2, 2019
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dannychan_sg
Singapore, Singapore2,910 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We were staying at Balchik and took a day trip to visit some of the attractions nearby, including Shabla Lighthouse. Apparently this is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in the Black Sea Coast, and it has an interesting lightning conductor shaped in a crescent moon with a star.
Written November 6, 2018
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E_Academical
Bucharest, Romania23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We stopped here whilst driving to Balchik - there is no access but it is a good photo opportunity. There was a small local cafe / restaurant nearby and a souvenir stand near the perimeter fence of the lighthouse property but nothing else. Worth a stop if your heading to nearby Yaylata or Kaliakra historical sites.
Written August 22, 2019
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Laura N
Bucharest, Romania591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
The lighthouse is really nice, also there are some anchors and propellers, impressive size, that welcome you as you approach the tower. Unfortunately, you cannot go close to the lighthouse or see its surroundings well, or even the shore of the lighthouse, because it is a military base.

Although, it s nice to stop by and try to ignore the garbage around that alter your experience. The lighthouse gave me an interesting feeling, remembered some of the books i've red.
Written June 2, 2019
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vtc2017
Miami, FL1,761 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The actually light house is a military base therefore cannot be visited. If you are in the area you can stop for few minutes to take pictures. There is not much to do in the area.
Written August 31, 2018
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LMOverby
Columbia, MO1,770 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Probably worth a stop if you're passing through the area, but not really much to see. You can't get close to the lighthouse (it's marked as some sort of military facility) and it's not all that impressive from a distance, especially since the paint (vividly depicted in guidebook photos) is actually quite faded. The site has some historical significance, since lighthouses like this one opened up and expanded commerce on the Black Sea.
Written May 21, 2018
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Mariya K
Kostinbrod, Bulgaria356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Well, this is a place filled with so many curiosities that you can satisfy your adventurous spirit just spending a few hours there. This is the easternmost point of Bulgaria. One of the oldest lighthouses on the Balkans, build over 160 years ago in its present design. However there are remains of ancient fortress, which are yet to be excavated, but archaeologists assume there was ancient lighthouse on this site. During devastating eartquake in 1901 almost every building in the area was in ruins, exept the lighthouse. It can also be used as a compass due to its structure. There is a lot more that can be said about this place, but it's better to ask some of the local fisherman - they know the secrets.
Written August 4, 2017
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