The village of Kamen Bryag and the rocky coast in front of it is a magnet for virgin nature beauty admirers, which come in crowds every summer to welcome the first July sunrise. The location of the village, being by the coast between Shabla and Kavarna, impresses with its snug little, clean and cozy country houses. Outside the houses green verandahs and trellis vines are spread, while the visitor’s eyes enjoy the pretty and well-arranged flower gardens. Kamen Bryag is most famous for its strong wine and rakiya with the scent of herbs and figs.
On the coast an enchanting view reveals and the eyes see long miles to the North and South. The vista is incredible. The countryside “Ogancheto” (“The little fire” from Bulgarian) is very popular among the rock and hippie fans of Bulgaria. From far back Kamen Bryag is inextricably linked with the “children of the sun” and the July Morning feast. The area took its name thanks to an old abandoned natural gas drilling from which, for the past half century, a flame comes out. A year ago the flame was on the very edge of the cliff. Due to the many incidents that have occurred it had to be removed.
The daytime at Kamen Bryag can be very short when you are absorbed in fishing, diving, climbing or if you are interested in archaeology. The feeling of harmony between man and nature, here, is complete.
Two kilometers South of Kamen Bryag is the countryside of “Yailata”. It is inhabited by people for about seven centuries. Thracians, Romans, Greeks, Slavs and proto-Bulgarians have lived here. The discovered ancient temples are a testament to the cult of various heathen deities. In “Yailata” an ancient Thracian necropolis from the second century with two-chamber tombs was found. 101 cave dwellings were discovered in the region. As per some hypotheses Sarmatian tribes lived here in the remote past. They say that on these lands the deputy of Alexander of Macedonia – Lysimachus hid an enormous treasure.
On the territory of “Yailata” nest more than 50 bird species (cormorants, hoopoes, golden eyes, rollers, owls, etc.). Via Pontica passes through this area – one of the main routes of migrating birds. 19 species of rare and threatened with extinction plants can also be found here. The beauty of the reserve is unbelievable during spring when peonies blossom. More information is available on the specialized webpage for “YAILATA” – National Archaeological Reserve.
Among the annual events organized in Kamen Bryag are:
- Village-wide fair with a folklore program on 3 July
- Cliff-climbing competition in August
- Workshop “Sea and Wind” with the participation of artists and sculptors from around the country and abroad in September
The high shore near the village is ideal for lovers of tents who pitch them right on the rocks, as well as for these with campers and caravans. Those, however, who have simply visited Kamen Beach to enjoy the beautiful scenery and not to have extreme experiences can stay in several hotels and guesthouses in the village or to seek accommodation at the neighboring Shabla region.
Unlike the numerous evidence of life on these lands during ancient times, information about the newer history of Kamen Bryag is scanty. It is known that the Turkish name is “Kaya Bey Kyoy”, which means “village near the pen of the bey”. According to another version the name comes from the Turkish word “Kaya”, which can be translated as “rock”. The Bulgarian population came to these areas from the Balkan Mountain near Elena and Kotel during the 19th century. The remembrance is kept that the local inhabitants lived in the extinct village Surti Kyoy. There was the farm of a rich cultivator – the old man Nanyo, who moved to Kamen Bryag with his big family. The Romanian occupiers named the village Stynka /cliff/. Even during the Romanian occupation there used to be a School here. In 1958 a new school building was built, but the school was closed down in the 70’s. The school building was then converted into an archaeological base. Library activities date from the first decades of the twentieth century. The Community Center “Georgi Rakovski” was closed down, but was restored 7-8 years ago. Additionally an authentic folklore group was set up.
In 2004, for the first time in the history of Kamen Bryag an Orthodox church was built. In the church “St. Constantine and Helena” unique icons made of plasterboard by the artist Atanas Gadjev, can be seen. In 2007 an information center is launched in the village, providing information about the archaeological reserve “Yailata”, the natural resources and other tourist sites near Kamen Bryag.