merging of two small rivulets springing from the Eastern Stara Planina Mountain - Louda Kamchia and Golyama
Kamchia, forms the Kamchia River. Running down through the Balkan Mountain
it meanders through a grove called Longoza (thick by-river grove). Over 40
species of beautiful trees, many species of bushes grow in the forest.
Ferns, reed and yellow water lilies also grow here. Some tourists claim
that the place is the earth’s paradise; others call it a fairy tale place.
The Ropotamo River, Dyavolska River (Devil’s) and Veleka River have similar
geological structure - sandstone, clay loam formations covered with wild
vegetation in the quiet and large firth. Once Kamchia was called Panisos
and the Slavs called it Ticha. Its contemporary name is of Kouman origin.
The Romans built a stronghold called Erite on its left bank. The Lipovani
tribe settled on its banks; actually they were offspring of Russian
followers of the Gregorian Calendar who came here from the mouth of the
Danube. Nowadays the frequently flooded area is a reserve that is under the
protection of UNESCO. The reserve is 40 km in length (throughout Longoza to
the river mouth) and 5 km in width in some of its parts. There are does,
deer, sea hawks and eagles, wild boars, wild cats, etc.
There is regular transport from Varna to Kamchia during the holiday
seasons, and local transport from the villages in the vicinity. The water
transport along the river is wonderful. Renting a boat is not only a way of
transport but a tourist attraction as well..