Stone Desert

Location ID: 2960

This unique film locations is a natural phenomenon called „Pobiti Kamani“, also known as The Stone Forest and Dikilitash, and is situated on an area of 7 square km at a distance of about 18-20 km from the city of Varna, 6 hours away from Sofia by car.

The natural landmark consists of an ensemble of stone columns, up to 10 meters high, hollow or thick cylinders, crossed cones, variously shaped and sized rock blocks and multiple stone pieces, spilled around the entire complex. The phenomenon had been famous as a sacral place since antiquity, but it was documented for the first time in 1829. For thousands of years, Nature has been carving stone pieces in order to turn them into impressive sculptures, which look like people, animals, monsters, mythical creatures, etc.

“The Stone Guards”, “The Camel”, “The Throne”, “The Stone Forest” are the names of just a part of these natural pieces of art.

The ensemble “Dikilitash Group” is the most famous and attractive for the tourists. The complex consists of more than 300 different in size columns, situated in a stripe with sizes 850 meters x 120 meters, and about 50 structures are situated in a smaller area to the south. Some of the columns are broken in two or three parts, other are lying on the ground as if they had been uprooted from their places, and others form interesting sculpture groups.

A typical peculiarity of the columns here is that they are bulging in the middle, as if two crossed cones are stuck to their bases, as some of them reach up to 9 meters in diameter. One of the stone structures looks like a frozen fountain. A stone lion with basis diameter of 12 meters is lying in close proximity. Colossal mushrooms can also be seen nearby. The rest of the groups are situated around the nearest town, and are also worth seeing. The site is considered to be the only naturally occurring desert in Bulgaria, and one of the few such natural phenomena in the whole of Europe.