Atanasovsko Lake Pink Lake in Bulgaria

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If you are tired of relaxing on the beach and discovering the architectural and cultural sights
Cultural treasures in Bulgaria, there is another unusual place on the Black Sea coast
Lake Atanasovsko, a famous nature reserve known worldwide for its beauty, lies at the Black Sea coast.
Lake Atanasovska is a famous nature reserve known for its beauty all over the world.
The lake attracts with its fantastic views - the water constantly changing color from blue,
green to red, a great variety of flora and fauna and
the mud baths and the brine baths, all equipped with a variety of products.
These places attract travelers from all over the world, not only for sightseeing, but also for souvenirs and
It is an attractive destination for travelers from all over the world, not only for sightseeing and souvenirs, but also for recreation.
You can get there either on your own or with a guided tour.

The location of this natural wonder is in the south-eastern part of Bulgaria, in the city of Bourgas,
between the districts of Izgrev and Sarafovo in the west.
The easiest way to get to the lake on foot or by bike is to go through Seaside Park (the sea garden).
The easiest way to reach the lake on foot or by bike is to cross Burgas' Seaside Park (Marine Garden) and then head north.
While an organized visit to this spa town is easy, you can visit on your own
The old road and disused railway line are perfect for you.
disused railway line from Burgas to Pomorie, running through the
Atanasovska Spit, just opposite the beaches of Burgas.
Before the Second World War, the entire area of ​​the island was served by one train. During World War II, a train called the Anhialo Express ran along this road and along the lake.
was the first stop.
The narrow-gauge railway runs parallel to the disused broad-gauge railway.
The narrow-gauge railway, which is still used for salt mining and as a tourist attraction, runs parallel to the disused broad-gauge railway.
Today it is used for ice mining and as a tourist attraction.
A bike path was created along the old road, which is now used as a tourist attraction.
A bicycle path is currently being built along the old road, which is also used as a car route towards Burgas.
At present, the old road is crossed by a bicycle lane, which is also used as a car route in the direction of Burgas - Atanasovsko Lake.
In addition, there is The northernmost beach of Burgas, Solnitsa, is the most secluded and quiet
The uniqueness of the beach lies in its proximity to natural mud pools. mud pools and salt lakes.
It's totally free and you can lie down in the mud pools. You can lie in the mud and soak up the pink brine for free, or get a mud treatment.
After the treatment, it is a pleasure to plunge into the warm waters of the Black Sea and wash off.
all that remains.
You can alternate between mud baths and surfing or kitesurfing lessons. Kitesurfing Lessons.
On the way to Lake Atanasovsko along the coast you will pass a beach
with black sand and shells where a wave occasionally builds up
Lake Atanasovsko is a coastal lake typical of this type of lake.
It is a coastal lake typical of this type of lake. Once upon a time there was a sea in its place. Then, under the influence of various natural factors and events.

Gradually, an isthmus formed (spit, curb).
Gradually, an isthmus (spit, break) was formed, separating part of the youngest water surface from the sea.
The isthmus, separating part of its youngest water area, turned into a salt lake.
And although the lake is still connected to the sea And although the lake is still connected to the sea by a series of canals, the microcosm of the lake has evolved over the years.
Over the years it has developed its own microclimate, changing the composition of the water and the structure and composition of the bottom sediments.
The composition of the bottom sediments has changed and a unique flora and fauna has formed.
The lake has evolved into a storehouse of chemical elements and organic compounds,
a place of natural salt formation and extraction, and a habitat for a large number of birds.
This body of water of just over 7000 hectares, stretching over almost
9 km long and 4.3 km wide and with an average depth of 0.3 m, offers a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The area, which stretches for about 9 km, is almost 4 km wide and has an average depth of 0.3 m, offers a great variety of flora and fauna and contains rare biotopes.

Due to the high salt content, salt has been extracted here since 1906.
Extraction process was introduced here in 1906 due to the high salt content.
Despite mining, much of the area has been declared a protected nature reserve.
Salt is extracted in both parts, but mainly in the southern part, which is connected to the Black Sea by several canals.
The lake is connected to the Black Sea by several channels, which increases its
salinity (20-27.5 ppm).
The northern part, on the other hand, is a nature reserve. The smaller southern part is mainly used for salt extraction and as a buffer zone.
The smaller southern part is mainly used for salt mining and as a buffer zone for the nature reserve.
Due to the lake is used for salt mining, which began in 1906 and is still in operation today.
The exploitation has been going on since 1906 and continues to this day.
And although the mining methods have not changed much since then. And although the mining methods have not changed significantly since then, the salt is extracted in a traditional, environmentally friendly,
environmentally friendly way and has no negative impact on the residents of the reserve.
the reserve's annual sea salt production reaches an incredible 40
thousand tons a year.
Around the lake you can visit a bird watching station
(almost 70% of all bird species living or migrating here can be observed here) which is part of the bird watching area.
Migratory Birds), which is part of a 285-metre educational trail with information
. You can also visit a 285-metre scientific trail and a special observation point for birds.
Observation point, which serves to observe migratory birds,
Here you can see more than three hundred different birds, including rare ones, so
many ornithologists come here for observation (316 species have been found at the lake).
(The number of bird species in the lake is 316, while in Bulgaria there are 423 species).
All the travelers are equipped with special optical devices,
the shy but so attractive birds can be easily spotted.

The lake is actively used for recreational purposes: on the spit there are
The lake is actively used for recreational purposes: the spit is equipped with mud procedures and brine baths.
Sulfide mud and saline seawater - brines have
high biological activity and are useful in the treatment of many
The mud and salts from Lake Atanasovsko contain a full range of micro and macro elements valuable for our body,
algae, marine microorganisms.
They do not contain a single drop of harmful, toxic substances.
The black mud (the Black Sea mud is the name given to the lake) soothes and heals various ailments, such as:
B. almost the entire spectrum of skin diseases, arthritis, herniated discs, gynecological problems,
plexitis, neurological diseases, diseases of the central nervous system, the musculoskeletal system
A wide range of drinking mud is produced in the spa facilities.
The muds have a positive cosmetic effect and strengthen the immune system.
the immune system.
It's very easy to use - you just have to get in , smear yourself in mud or bathe in it for half an hour, then dry off
in the local sun and wash off the mud in the Black Sea
afterward You have walked 50 meters to the opposite side of the spit.
The beach strip is covered mostly with black sand (with a high content of iron oxide),
fine and clean, which warms up well in the sun.
The beach is full of shells. Shells that are great fun for both kids and adults to look for and collect.
children and adults alike.
Interestingly, the water of the lake is pink in many places in summer, which is due to the special salinity of the water.
The water of the lake turns pink in many places in the summer, which is due to a special salt plant (Dunaliella bracken) that
gives the lake a fantastic sight that is pleasant to watch, like floating in the water.
The water in the lake (rapa) is very dense and one cannot keep one's head upright or half-sitting in it.
You can hold it lying down or semi-sitting with little or no effort.
Access to the mud and brine treatment area (with bridges and boarding point) is metered but not paid.
You can pay for the mud and brine procedures, but they're not expensive.
There are several cafes and a paid pavilion for showering,
changing clothes and massages on the spit.
Interesting facts :

  • During World War II, to protect the road along the coast, the
    Atanasovska Spit was provided with reinforced concrete defenses.
    She can still be seen today.
  • At the lake there is also a viewpoint called "Točka"
    which is used by hobbyists to watch birds flying along the Via
  • The lake rejoiced after the events in
    2015 by the Bulgarian Foundation for Biological Diversity.
    By this time, the salt festival, built photo shelters for ornithologists, created
    special trails for the rare pintail duck.
  • Lake Atanasovsko can be visited all year round.
    There are none. It is a popular destination for water-loving birds, used to wintering, even in winter.
    Birds used to wintering in their homeland or those migrating on their way to the Danube Delta.
    from the Danube Delta to the Bosphorus.
  • The symbol of the reserve (the northern part of the lake) is the Eurasian Pratincole,
    which prefers to nest in saline waters with little water.
    The icon of the reserve (in the northern part of the lake) is the Meadow Flycatcher, which prefers to nest in waters with little vegetation.
    Today there are only 10,000 pairs of grasshopper chicks left on earth. Today there are only about 10,000 pairs of dippers left on earth, which is why they are protected as an endangered species.
  • In the vicinity of the lake there is a salt educational trail, which,
    through stylish graphic illustrations and factual elements, leads to
    an open-air museum exhibition presenting the profession
    of salt mine workers at Atanasovské Pond.
  • The medicinal muds of Lake Atanasovské Lázně are sulphidic muds
    formed as a result of the decomposition of organic matter.
    They have a specific smell of hydrogen sulfide and a high content of iron sulfides,
    calcium and magnesium salts, salts of organic acids and humus.
    -The lake is home to over 230 species of plants, seven of which are threatened with extinction.
    There are 230 species of plants in the lake, seven of which are threatened with extinction in Bulgaria.
    -It is one of the richest ornithological places in Bulgaria.
    More than 300 bird species have been identified in the lake. There are over 300 bird species, 12 of which have been classified as globally threatened.
    threatened worldwide.
    Lake Atanasovsko is a unique natural phenomenon and a truly
    amazing place.
    It is useful, curious and interesting to visit this wonderful place.

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