Hiking trail from the thracian cliffs “Beglik Tash” to the Cape “Maslen Nos”

The hiking trail provides an easier access to the famous destination – Cape “Maslen nos” near town of Primorsko, Bulgaria. The Cape is an ancient harbor, a point of reference for sailors and a beacon for centuries. In the present – an exotic beach with waters rich in fish and the presence of remarkable rock formations resembling fjords. There is also a good opportunity for a panoramic view of the wild shores of the southern side of the Ropotamo Reserve.

How to get from Beglik Tash to Cape  Maslen nos
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Route features

In summary, the features are as follows:

Total length of the road – 2.4 km

A narrow eco path through a forest – 1.7 km

Chalked open road – 700 m

Length of the fjord exit and panoramic view – 700 m

Height difference: 140 m

Route description

Until now, the only way to get to Cape “Maslen Nos” has been on the rough road passing by the Perla residence and 6 km long, which can only be taken by an off-road car. Thanks to the new hiking trail, you can take it for about 40 minutes from the thracian cliffs – sanctuary Beglik Tash, passing through a forest, followed by a gravel open road. Due to the narrow grassland paths and lots of flies (in the summer) it is recomended to be equipped with hiking shoes or covered sneakers, long trousers, insect spray, water, sun glasses and a hat.

At the meadow in front of the the thracian cliffs Beglik Tash, the beginning of the eco-path is marked with a sign:

Begining of the hiking trail from Beglik tash to Cape “Maslen
The beginning of the eco path through the thick forest
Orange tree markings should be followed

Walk along the narrow eco path and follow the orange markings. During the antiquity, the Romans descended this way to the port that was located at the cape “Maslen nos”. Along the way, you will see in many places the plant butcher’s-broom (Ruscus aculeatus) – forbidden for gathering
according to the Bulgarian laws.

Butcher’s-broom (Ruscus aculeatus) – rare plant

After passing this area, you will continue walking along the gravel road (coming from the deserted Perla Residence in Primorsko) and will pass a military zone (enclosed with fences and signs) and a staion of bulgarian scientists used for observation in the Black Sea.

Preservation of the protected area

The area from the sanctuary Beglik Tash to the cape “Maslen nos” is within the boundaries of two protected areas. There are rules that should be observed when visiting. These areas are:

1. “Beglik tash – Ropotamo”.

2. “The rock formations, the fjords and the sealing cave in the area of Maslen Nos”.

To put it briefly – do not throw away waste, do not tear plants, do not light a fire, no camping, and let the place look like you’ve found it.

The beach at Cape “Maslen nos”

The beach at Cape “Maslen nos”, Primorsko, Bulgaria
The small restaurant on the beach

The place is pleasing to those seeking tranquility, as the beach is almost never crowded because of the difficult access. In the surrounding bays there are often fans of underwater fishing – divers with spearguns from the entire Burgas region, because the waters are very rich in fish. At our time, when we visited the beach, the waters were not so clear as at the beaches of Sinemorets or Varvara, but the visibility was relatively good. The place will fascinate you with its tranquility and the great biodiversity in its waters, where you can spend a long time only with a snorkel and a mask captivated by the underwater view.

Origin of the name “Maslen nos”

The name “Maslen nos”  (in translation Oiled Cape) originates from the Turkish “Zeitung Burun”. According to some sources, the translation is wrong and should be translated as “Maslinen nos” (Olive Cape) because many years ago there had been an olive forest near to the cape (according to the old inhabitants of the town of Sozopol who knew the area the most well). The supporters of the “Oiled Cape” thesis believe that the name came from the many cargo ships carrying food and spices from the Mediterranean, who had a fatal encounter with the rocks and “oiled” the cape with large quantities of olive oil that had transported.

The supporters of the “Oiled Cape” thesis believe that the name came from the many cargo ships carrying food and spices from the Mediterranean, who had a fatal encounter with the rocks and “oiled” the cape with large quantities of olive oil that had transported.

For a long time, Cape “Maslen Nos” has served as a navigational landmark for seafarers.

The place has been used as a harbor since ancient times. Many anchors and ceramics dated from the Early Iron Age to the late Middle Ages were found along the sea bottom . Probably that the port here was a part of the harbor complex known as Hersonessos in the pre-Roman era, and later got the name “Terra” during the Roman era. The complex started from here – Cape “Maslen Nos” and reached to the mouth of the Ropotamo River, including some of the small bays of the peninsula- St. Paraskeva, Vaterahi and others. Some of these finds could be seen now in the museums of Burgas, Primorsko and Kiten.

Documents of the state of lighthouses of 1863 describes the existence of one at this area at those times

At present, in its modern appearance, the lighthouse is maintained by the Hydrographic Area – Bourgas to the Bulgarian Naval Forces and falls into the enclosed military zone, in the most protruding part of the cape. The visiting in that area is forbidden.

Take a walk and watch rock formations – Fjords at “Maslen nos”.

On a return from the small beach, you can visit the 700-meter-trail for watching the rock formations with steep, 20-meter high slopes that may have inspired the ancients to create the myths and legends of marine deities and monsters. They are called fjords because resemble the long narrow bays in the Scandinavian countries, but with the difference that in the formation does not participate glaciers and the length of the cut is much smaller.

A fjord at Cape “Maslen nos”, Primorsko, Bulgaria
Another rock formations

Somewhere around them there is a cave. Local people say it was shelter of seals in the past. It is popiular with the name “The Seal’s cave”. It is only accessible from the sea. If you wish to watch it, you have take participation in the yacht trips. They start from the port of Primorsko.

At the end of the path, you will have a panoramic view of the wild shores of Ropotamo Reserve.

Panoramic view of the wild shores

Bay “Zigra”

Cape Beglik Tash
Cape “St. Paraskeva”
Cape “Korakya”
Map of the wild shores of Ropotamo reserve

Continue of the walk

For the other hiking trails and landmarks in Ropotamo Reserve – look at the attached map here.

If you are planning a longer stay in the area, it is a good idea to choose Primorsko as a city for staying. It has many hotels and lodgings, and can offer many entertainments to diversify your holliday at the sea.

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