General information and infrastructure
Territory - 442 sq. km
Number of population centers - 16
Population - 17,500
Administrative center - Dalgopol townThe municipality is located in the eastern part of the Varbishki Balkan /eastern Balkan Range/. The town of Dalgopol is located 70 km from the regional centre, Varna. The terrain is semi-mountainous and mountainous and is defined by the rivers Louda Kamchia and Goliama Kamchia, the northern slopes of the Kamchiyska mountain and the eastern slopes of the Varbishki Balkan. Along the stream of the Louda Kamchia River is the third largest dam in Bulgaria - the Tsonevo Dam Lake of length of 28 km. The Varna-Sofia railway, with the rail junction to Shoumen, passes through the territory of the municipality. The Provadiya - Aitos road also passes through the municipality; this artery provides the road connection between North and South Bulgaria.
Economy and business
The basic priority of the Dalgopol Municipality is the development of infrastructure, agriculture and tourism. A large portion of its territory is taken up by forests thus providing good conditions for wood logging and wood-processing. The arable land is 184,115,000 sq. m. There are five farming cooperatives and three big tenant farmers in the municipality. A modern greenhouse for year-round rose growing with an area of 60,000 sq. m is currently under construction. There is an existing fruit storage facility in the town of Dalgopol, which is not operating to full capacity. Perennial plants - apple trees, pear trees, peach trees and vines are traditional for the region. Potentially promising activities are strawberry and raspberry plantations and essential oil crops. There is a specialized plant for the production of metal casings and door locks - Obkov AD. Several parquet-producing factories have also been opened in recent years. Also of interest to business operators are the aggregate material deposits - gravel, river ballast and clay. Gravel for construction purposes is extracted near the village of Partizani, in the Sini Vir locality.
Environmental Protection and Tourism
The long distance separating Dalgopol from the regional centre, its climate, the absence of industrial production and the presence of various ethnic groups with their cultural and religious diversity, predefine the municipality's development priorities. And this should be the line of development in the field of light industries, agriculture and tourism. The diverse woodlands provide good conditions for the development of small and big game populations. Local species include red deer, roe, wild boar, hare, wolf, jackal, fox, marten etc. Out of the bird species the most common are the pheasant, snipe, wood-pigeon, Egyptian vulture, imperial eagle and white-tailed buzzard. There is bighead carp, common carp etc. in the Tsonevo and Eleshnitsa artificial lakes. The old-growth beech and oak forests are well preserved and managed. There are abundant water sources. The region provides opportunities for developing eco- and rural tourism in the village of Asparukhovo and specialized photo-safaris and bird-watching.
Sites of natural beauty and cultural monuments
The municipality is characterized by precious archaeological and ethnographic heritage. The architectural and ethnographic complex in Asparouhovo preserves the way of life and culture of one of the oldest settlements in the country. Four houses in the Kamchiya style have been restored, with authentic ethnographic expositions and arts items. A Revival period church of 1857 was restored; it contains well preserved icons of the 19th century. The Museum of History in Dalgopol owns a large number of gold, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish coins and bronze coins from the last Thracian ruler, Cavarus. It holds interesting ceramics, tools and artifacts from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic, as well as some well preserved fabrics, adornments and traditional rural costumes. The Rock-hewn Monastery, Royak, and the Kaleto Fortress are unique by their origin. There are three sites of exceptional natural beauty in the municipality: Sini Vir ("the blue pond") near the village of Debelets; Chudnite Skali ("The Wondrous Rocks") near the village of Asparukhovo; the Kouza Skoka waterfall near the village of Lopushna; the waterfall in Polyatsite and the Karadzhiite locality. Protected areas include the Toulumova Cave at Arkovna peak, which is inhabited by bats, and the Pregradata locality. There are also two reserves, Varbov Dol and Kalafata. The Vodenitsite Eco-Park with an area of 450,000 sq. m hosts a number of caves and recesses. Most characteristic are the vertical rock rings of height of 30 m. This locality features a well-preserved prehistoric stone sanctuary and the remains of a Celtic settlement of the 3d c. BC. Four tourist paths are also maintained, as well as two observation towers. There are notices and tourist information boards.