Beach resort in Bulgaria


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in Bulgarian: Русалка, also known as: Russalka, Rusalka Get directions

Roussalka is a holiday compound situated in the picturesque oak forest in the Toukliman Bay (Bird Bay) in the north part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, 90 km from Varna, 19 km from Balchik and 15 km from Kavarna.

It was established in 1958 in a rocky forest area, which is a natural habitat for millions of birds. Literally translated “Roussalka” means mermaid.

Almost all the tourist in the resort are foreigners; in the past Roussalka was known to be a French destination, while nowadays a lot of Dutch, Belgian, Russian, Romanian and especially German tourists chose it for their vacation.

The resort has a different concept from the other, bigger resorts like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands. It consists of many deluxe one-storey houses and outside access to them is restricted. These conditions make Roussalka a preferred destination for foreigners who want to spend their vacations in a calm, quiet and secure place.

The resort is calm but not uneventful; there are plenty of different activities offered to the guests. There are more than 15 tennis courts, conditions for horse riding, beach volleyball, soccer, archery, and of course, equipment for a variety of water sports: yachting, kayaking, scuba diving, jet skiing, etc. Roussalka is also famous for its mineral water springs.

The water comes out at 32 C, slightly mineralized, rich in sulphite, with proven healing qualities for diseases of the locomotory system, nervous system, respiratory system, gynaecological diseases and intoxication.

There are a lot of cultural monuments in Roussalka or near the resort, which turns it into an architectural reserve. Interesting places are ancient fortresses, tombs and caves. There are more than 40 caves situated in the popular Yaylata area, an area consisting of steep rocks, reachable only by walk.

One of Bulgaria’s biggest landmarks, the mediaeval fortress of Kaliakra, is situated only a couple of km from the resort. The name of the fortress has Greek origin and means “beautiful fortress”, it is one of the most beautiful places on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

Roussalka is a unique blend of unspoiled nature – a home of millions of birds, many seals and dolphin families, and mediaeval Bulgarian culture.




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    By michael john swanston||

    we have bought a property in sveti nikola and visited roussalka recently, we thought it absolutely delightful and the staff very friendly and helpful, its a very peaceful place and we hope to visit it many times in the future

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    By svetinicola||

    The problem with Roussalka is that the service and the rooms are poor. I paid for a family room this summer (2007) and they didnt provide all the facilities I paid for. For instance the second room had no tv set and the air conditioning was left without a remote control. The telephone didnt work in both rooms. There was no Internet facility in the whole resort. And there were other minor problems too, like broken doors or lockers, etc. More, there was no refrigerator in those rooms. I asked for one, for money, but they refused to provide one in 10 days!!! I signaled to the reception the problemes twice but there was no reaction. I paid for three stars and I got two. Also the food was not so good as in the past and the animation team was terribly boring. As for the beach rescue team I had to signal him that a guy is criying for help in the sea while he was busy at the beach bar with the bartender. I also noticed some sort of a discrimination by the Bulgarian personell between the German turists and other east-europeans.
    My conclusion is that Russalka is a wonderful place, but the people running Roussalka are a shame.

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