Pobiti Kamani, also known as the Stone Forest or the Stone Desert, is a rock phenomenon located near Varna. It is considered the only desert in Bulgaria and one of few found in Europe. The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 meters high and from 0.3 to 3 meters thick. There are a number of theories regarding the phenomenon's origin divided roughly into two groups: suggesting an organic or abiotic origin. According to the first, the formations are the result of coral activity, while the latter explain the phenomenon with the prismatic weathering and desertification of the rocks, the formation of sand and limestone concretions, or lower Eocene bubbling reefs.
Unique in the world, the area is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there:
From Varna you can reach the Stone Forest :
By bus: Take bus number 43 from central bus station in Varna and get off the bus on the last station. There is the village Slunchevo and then you need to hike 1 km trail. Cost of the bust ticket is 2 leva.
By train: You can take a train from Central railway station Varna to the railway station Beloslav and then walk / bike to “South groups"- one of the main rock clusters of the Stone Forest.
By car: First, you drive on the road Vladislav Varnenchik towards the exit of the city that is at the roundabout. Driving straight ahead you pass by the village of Topola and the factory Devnia plast. After only 15 minutes driving and when you must be out of Varna, then you will see a sign “Stone Forest”. This landmark is on the road itself, you just need to turn off it and start your walk.