The view, however, has not always evoked pleasant feelings. There is a legend that 40 Bulgarian girls jumped into the sea to avoid Islamisation by the Ottoman Turks. Or, alternatively, you may choose to believe the myth that the rocky promontory miraculously appeared under the feet of St Nicholas, who was being chased by the same Ottomans. Today, a chapel stands on the site, and the promontory itself is a major tourist attraction.
Interestingly, some of the Ottomans, who invaded as early as the 14th Century, stayed – and adopted Christianity. Members of the so-called Gagauz community, a rare example of Christian Turks, still live in the villages nearby.
Where in Bulgaria are you?
AND THE WINNER IS...
Marina Atanasova is the lucky winner in our Where in Bulgaria Are You? quiz this issue. Marina is from Burgas, but works in Sofia in the gaming industry. She loves travelling and her first encounter with Vagabond was at Sofia airport. Since then she has also taken to reading the online content at www.vagabond.bg. Her favourite articles are those about unfamiliar places and some of the features on Bulgarian politics.