CYCLING ROUTE N1 IN BULGARIA

KM TOTAL LENGTH

SETTLEMENTS

VILLAGES

TOWNS

ABOUT THE ROUTE

Dunav Ultra is the longest tourist cycling route in Bulgaria – 740 km along the Danube River, through Dobrudja to the Black Sea. In the section Bregovo-Silistra, its trajectory overlaps the transcontinental cycle route Eurovelo 6.

EXPERIENCING THE ROUTE

While you cycle along the Danube in Bulgaria, using a personal guide is unnecessary. To make it easier to organize the adventure, we divided the route into 14 sections called Stages. And some of the Stages offer two options of the track to choose from – Classic or Adventure track.

OUR CAUSE

Since the Dunav Ultra route was created, our cause has been to promote over 110 Bulgarian small villages and towns through or near the path passes. Our goal is to improve the overall cycle infrastructure and develop the route as an attractive destination for cycling tourism.

ROUTE INFORMATION

General information

The Dunav Ultra cycling route was created as a personal challenge for three amateur cyclists, who set themselves the goal of covering the distance near the northern border of Bulgaria within 48 hours by bicycle. For three consecutive years, the project leader Boris Begamov has organized and personally participated in extreme events along the route, with the cause of promoting the region. After 2016, Begamov set out to upgrade the Dunav Ultra route, as the most popular tourist cycling route in the Balkans.

Classic and Adventure track

While traveling on a bicycle along the Danube in Bulgaria, you can do it in two ways (using two different tracks). We call the tracks – Adventure and Classic tracks. The Classic track is most suitable if you travel on a standard road bike – you will move away from the Danube several times, but there is artificial pavement everywhere. The Adventure version includes cycling closer to the river musing secondary roads, forest, and dirt roads without artificial pavement. The Adventure track requires a specific attitude, skills, more time, and suitable equipment. This experience represents an even deeper immersion in the region along the Danube River and Dobruja in Bulgaria.

The 14 Stages

To plan comfortable and safe enough daily travel, we divided the route into a total of 14 Stages. Eight of the Stages offer an Adventure option. Each Stage ends in a settlement, with the basic logistics and tourist environment necessary for such an experience. The longest Stage is Silistra – Dobrich 102 km, and the shortest is the Adventure track of the Stage Nikopol – Belene, 28 km. More information about each Stage is available in our Mobile application for Android and iPhone.

Nature

The route passes through a vast geographical area: tributaries of the Danube, protected areas, nature parks, reserves, lakes, swamps, and agricultural land. Meeting nature along the Danube and Dobruja in the right season is an exotic and unforgettable experience. Flora and fauna offer a specific and rich diversity; the most exciting places are Persina Nature Park, Kalimok-Brushlen Protected Area, the mouths of the Timok, Iskar, Yantra, and Cherni Lom rivers, the Malak Preslavets swamp, the lake Durankulak.

Traditional food

The region offers a specific cuisine based on earthly and river goods. Here the Danube fish is a daily meal, and the fish soup is a brand. In the restaurants, the fish often is offered fried. Here you can try the taste of catfish, carp, zander, or bleak fish. The influence of Wallachian cuisine here is evident – stuffed cabbage leaves as “sarmale,” fried pork chops as “dzhumerki”, polenta as “mamaliga” are present in traditional menus. Although fruit trees grow everywhere, in the Dobrogea region, there are plenty of apricots, peaches, plums, melons, watermelons, and more. In Silistra and Dobrich, you can try watermelon jam in a homemade style called “majun”, and fresh mackerel on the Black Sea coast.

The 100 Dunav Ultra Highlights

In 2018, for the first time, we created a list of the 100 Dunav Ultra Highlights – a selection of cultural and historical sites, archeological places, natural phenomena, animals, birds, and food – all representing identity on the route Dunav Ultra. We update the list periodically, and you can find detailed information for each site and its geolocation in the Mobile application Dunav Ultra.

ABOUT THE DUNAV ULTRA EXPERIENCE

Traveling along the Danube and Dobruja in Bulgaria is a unique experience with no analog in this part of the continent.
The specifics of the terrain (ups and downs), the region’s history, natural landmarks, specific nature, and the turbulent socio-economic processes over the centuries define the identity of a unique world – we called it – the World of Dunav Ultra.
To discover this world while cycling the route is part of our Dunav Ultra Adventure.

Boris Begamov

Dunav Ultra, Founder

“The Danube cycle journey in Bulgaria is both – a personal challenge and an adventure, as well as a philosophical return, deep in the roots of our human nature.”

THE MOST INTERESTING PLACES

The 100 Dunav Ultra Highlights

The 100 Dunav Ultra Highlights encounters natural phenomena, historic sites, sanctuaries, archeological sites, animals, exotic birds, traditional food, and the most exciting spots for the region.
Detailed descriptions of the sights are presented in the Mobile application Dunav Ultra.

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The Danube, The River

Immerse yourself in the World of Dunav Ultra

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR IN TOURISM

In 2017, the Dunav Ultra route won the Grand Prize – Innovation of the Year in Tourism in the Annual Awards of the Ministry of Tourism

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DUNAV ULTRA

Dunav Ultra Cycling Route.
740 km along the Danube River banks to the Black Sea in Bulgaria.