Chudnite Skali (Wonderful Rocks) – Asparuhovo, Bulgaria - Atlas Obscura

Chudnite Skali (Wonderful Rocks)

Asparuhovo, Bulgaria

These natural cliffs look like they are a part of an old castle complex. 

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The intricate geologic formation known as Chudnite Skali, or Wonderful Rocks, is located on a shore of a Tsonevo dam in Bulgaria. The formation is made up of a 10 stone spires that rise up to heights of 40-50 meters (130-160 feet).

These unusual structures are the result of wind and water erosion from the river Luda Kamchia, which over time has carved the soft limestone rock. Some of the major peaks have received own names, like Wolf’s Head, Knight, Giant, Hand, and more.

The complex is best observed from across the dam. You can get very close to the cliffs or actually drive or walk through them since a road is directed through this area with some tunnels that penetrate through the cliffs. Lucyly this does not spoil the overall view to the whole area that still has a mystic and fairy-tale-like feeling.

This area has declared as a natural landmark to protect and save its current appearance.

Know Before You Go

You need your own transport for a visit. Most of the buildings close to the dam look neglected. You can see occasional visitors or fishermen when visiting. Other than that there is not much action going on around the dam and cliffs.