The village of Vezenkovo is located among old-growth deciduous forests, on the south slopes of East Stara Planina, in municipality of Sungurlare, Burgas region, in Southeastern Bulgaria. The village looks towards the mountainous peak of the mountain affectionately known as 'the old man'.
It is located about 22 km from the nearest town of Sungurlare and 80 km from Burgas and the International airport. It is less than an hour’s drive to one of the many beautiful beaches on the Black Sea Coast and there is bus transport which connects the village with the neighboring villages and towns.
The river of Kamchia borders the village which is suitable for fishing or swimming. We’ve been advised that is possible to catch European chub, Common rudd, Rainbow trout, bleak, barbel, catfish, carp and pike.
Surrounding the village are old growth forests of beech, oak and hornbeam trees. Also near the village are the remains of 2 ancient fortresses.
In the village there is a post office, several shop's, a traditional bar, community center, park, and medical services along with some gorgeous walks along the river or up into the hills.
Located on the south slopes of East Stara Planina mountain range (also known as ‘the old man’), with an altitude of 550m, the climate of the region is temperate, with Black Sea and continental influences.
The summer and autumn are typical for the Mediterranean climate – long and dry! Characterized by a mild winter, early spring, moderate summer and warm autumn, rainfall is generally scarce.
The local area
The territory of Sungurlare municipality is one of the biggest in the Burgas county. Twenty-three decares of vineyards are cultivated in the area. The Sungurlare region is well-known in Bulgaria and abroad for its marvellous wines. The most famous brand called Sungurlarski misket is made from the grapes grown in the adjacent wine-growing villages and towns: Grozden, Slavyantsi, Choubra, Lozitsa and Chernitsa. There are 2 vinyards within the area that offer wine tasting experiences.
Sungulare is an ecologically clean area with no heavy industry or pollution. Dominated by narrow river valleys and numerous ravines that flow into them, the largest river is the River Kamchia which flows into the large Kamchia Dam. A completely unspoilt beach, watersport activities and boat trips are all available here.
Forests cover an area of 393,000 acres in the region making it perfect for nature lovers or bird watchers. Coniferous forest areas are represented by pine and fir, while deciduous forest areas prevailing species are oak, beech and maple. Annually nearly 2,000 acres of new forests are planted and it is an area rich with a wonderful variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.
In the village of Prilep is a museum showing the findings from a Thracian tomb in the area along with other displays reflecting the life and livelihood of the population in this region.
Sungurlare originally emerged and developed as a crossroads settlement. There are remains of an ancient settlement that was inhabited during the late Iron Age and during the Roman occupation. Near it there are several large Thracian burial mounds.
The region is the home of some very interesting natural beauty sites and protected areas like the rock formations in the Nemoydere locality and the pierced rock near the village of Beronovo. Koriyata (The Coppice) is located near Vezenkovo itself. There are some stunning waterfalls and a number of other archaeological sites as well as some medieval villages with original houses.
Medven is well worth a visit ~ The village has preserved its authentic architecture of the National Revival. Walking along the narrow paved streets one still can feel the active spirit of the enlighteners. Most of the Medven houses are proclaimed monuments of culture. The gates of some of the most ancient of them still bear scars from Circassian axes. The village of Medven is a birthplace of the famous writer and revolutionary Zahari Stoyanov and there is a house-museum "Zahari Stoyanov" in the village, situated in Jurta hamlet. There are some wonderful hiking trails from the village, one of which leads to a breathtaking waterfall, also known as the blue pool from the unique colour of the water. Its a great place to swim also.
Near Medven flows the picturesque river of Medvenska. It rises 11 km away from the village. There are the marvelous waterfalls – Sinia vir and Skokovete. Beautiful caves are situated in the Medven Balkan. The most famous are: Lednitzata and Tzarevetz. There is also a natural reserve for wild animals.
Zheravna is also a wonderful village to visit. It is a beautiful mountain village and architectural reserve. There are more than 200 old houses (preserved and restored) dating back to the National Revival period. It is a popular tourist destination as well as an inspiration source for artists and writers. Zheravna is a place where time has stopped. The air is filled with village smells and sounds - of stock trotting by, of coffee cups clatter on a tray, of fresh cold mountain water running in the basin...Many of the houses are nowadays museums and guest houses. The ground floors of others are functioning as shops, restaurants and cafes. Streets are stone laid, narrow and winding. You can easily lose your way or miss the turn you are aiming for. Parking is difficult and it might be better to leave your car in the central square and then walk on.
In August Zheravna hosts one of the most spectacular festivals in Bulgaria. The Festival of Folklore Costume is a 3 days escape from modern life. People wear old folklore costumes or uniforms, sleep under the stars and cook on open fire. Artisans, musicians and warriors reach for the old traditional tools of the trade and engage in workshops and re-enactments, modern technology such as phones and cameras are not allowed for the festival period and and some kind of folklore costume is required in order to attend!
We welcome you to come and experience yourselves the many fantastic possibilities for recreation, historical and cultural exploration, as well as the diversity of beautiful natural surroundings.