This summer, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks touring around Bulgaria with three other people in a brand new Chevy! Over the next few articles, I am going to share with you some of my photos from that trip, place by place. The Stone Forest is a natural landmark located in the Varna Province.
The Stone Forest (or Pobiti Kamani as it is in Bulgarian) is just a 15-minute drive from central Varna. It is pretty well signposted from the motorway, which came as quite a shock to us as a number of sites in Bulgaria were not so easy to come by. There is a small car parking area beside the road, and you have to pay a nominal entry fee (around £1.20) to visit the site. Upon payment, a man tells you all about the phenomenon that is the forest.
The Stone Forest is literally as the title suggests – an area full of trees, made of stone! It is not clear what has caused the formation of these stone “trees” but some are quite magnificent at 7 meters high and a few meters in circumference. It is generally agreed however that they are around 50 million years old, which makes them pretty amazing in my book. They occupy a space of 7 square kilometers and are sort of arranged in clusters, so you could spend a lot of time seeing it all. I personally think an hour or 2-hour visit would be sufficient.
I would recommend a visit here to anyone staying in the area around Varna as it is such a rare site to see, and so hard to explain. It gives a great photo opportunity too. I would recommend a visit late in the afternoon however, which is what we chose to do, in order that you don’t get hundreds of random people in your lovely photographs!
You can read more about the Stone Forest (including some big words about science and rock formation!) on the UNESCO site or on Wikipedia.