Shabla, Tyulenovo, Kamen Bryag and Yaylata

With population of just over 3000 Shabla is Bulgaria’s one of the smallest towns. Yet it has a large and exceptionally well-kept city park, community center combined with the modern bus station (serving the only shuttle bus to Kavarna and back roughly four times a day, though), and a few restaurants. Being six kilometers from the sea shore makes it a pretty sleepy place.

Shabla’s sea shore, however, offers the longest sand beach on the Black sea, an old lighthouse, and a comfortable trail to the village of Tyulenovo well known for the rock formations of the same name.

From there it is easy to get to another coastal village — Kamen Bryag — famous for the July Morning rock festival where the late John Lawton of Uriah Heep often performed as the sun was rising from the Black sea on July 1st morning.

And just a little over a kilometer from Kamen Bryag lies the archaeological reserve Yaylata with remains of the ancient fortress and numerous cave dwellings.

Shabla town hall
Shabla town hall
Cape Shabla - the easternmost point of Bulgaria
Cape Shabla — the easternmost point of Bulgaria
Shabla lighthouse
Shabla lighthouse
Black sea shore
shark shaped bench
Tyulenovo rocks
Tyulenovo rocks
Tyulenovo rocks
Tyulenovo rocks
Tyulenovo rocks
Tyulenovo rocks
Black sea shore
sea birds
sea birds
sunflower field
sunflower field
a chappel
Shabla beach
Shabla beach
Shabla beach
a windmill through the window
John Lawton monument
John Lawton monument. Dedicated to the lead vocalist and songwriter of Uriah Heep. His song “July Morning” became popular in Bulgaria and sparked grass-root holiday of the same name. In 2022 John Lawton's ashes were scattered over the sea from the high cliffs of Kamen Bryag.
danger sign
Yaylata fortress
Yaylata fortress
Yaylata information plate
Yaylata fortress: ramparts
A small cave on the shore - one of many prehistoric cave dwellings in the Yaylata area
A small cave on the shore — one of many prehistoric cave dwellings in the Yaylata area
ancient cave dwelling

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