Dvoreca is the name of the Palace, which is located near the town of Balchik. It is situated on the Black Sea coast, 40 km from Varna and 2km from Balchik. Dvoreca was built during the period when the southern part of the region of Dobrudja was Romanian territory, in the period 1920-1940. The Palace was built by Italian architects and its name Dvoreca means "Quiet Nest". It was inspired by the English Queen Mary and she is buried in the chapel in the garden. The overall vision of the palace is a combination of different architectural styles and symbols - Christian, Roman, Thracian and Oriental. The architecture is combined with exotic vegetation. The complex consists of a large park with several buildings that are located at different places, bridges, steep trails, waterfalls, rose garden, chapel and botanical garden. The garden is called Universitetska Botanicheska Gradina (University Botanical Garden). It was established in 1955 on an area of 65 acres. It is the second largest collection of cacti in Europe. Dvoreca is open every day of week from 8PM to 10PM during the summer and from 8.30AM to 5.30PM in winter.
Aladscha Monastir or Aladja Monastery is a famous rock monastery in the Bulgarian Black Sea region. It is situated within woodland, 14 kilometres from Varna - The second biggest city in Bulgaria and 3kilometres away from the sea resort of Golden Sands. The monastery is perched on top of the rocks and stands approximately 40 metres high. Visitors can see many of the original rooms including the temple, church, crypt, chapel and the living quarters and kitchens of the monks. Surrounding the monastery are many caves, which can also be visited. The opening hours are: In the summer (from May to October) every day from 10:00am to 17:00pm In the winter (from November to April) from Thursday to Saturday, from 10:00am to 17:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday it is closed. Admission prices are: Adults - 4.00lv (2 Euros) Children – 2.00 lv (1 Euro) There are free parking spaces available close to the monastary.