City walk in Dobrich Old Town

There is one city in Bulgaria which is, according to me, very underrated. However, in my opinion, every place has its hidden gems if we are looking for them. This is the reason why I decided to head to Dobrich and to prove that there is a lot to see in the capital of the Dobrudzha region. Follow me on my city walk in Dobrich Old Town.

First stop: Literature museum ”Yordan Yovkov”

Literature museum ''Yordan Yovkov'' in Dobrich
Literature museum ”Yordan Yovkov”

My first stop was The Literature Museum of Dobrich, called after the famous Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov. The museum has two important exhibitions. The first one is dedicated to Dora Gabe – Bulgarian poetess from a noble family and whose origins come from the Dobrudzha region. All her children’s books, as well as her poems, are available in the museum. There is a little corner representing the study where she worked and spent most of her life.

Dora Gabe's study in Dobrich
Dora Gabe’s study

The second part of the hall is all about Yordan Yovkov‘s novels, theatre plays, and life. You will see copies of his books translated into different languages as well as props of one of his most famous theater plays – ”Albena” in the same department.

Furthermore, a monument of Yordan Yovkov stands imposingly in front of the museum in memorial to his great contribution to Bulgarian literature.

Props of the theater play ''Albena'' by Yordan Tovkov in Dobrich
Props of the theater play ”Albena” by Yordan Tovkov

After the Literature Museum, I continued straight ahead to the Old Town.

Suddenly a beautiful church captured my attention and I decided to make a detour.

The Church of St Martyr George in Dobrich

The Church of St Martyr George in Dobrich
The Church of St Martyr George

The church is located in the city centre and is stunning from the outside with its beautiful frescos. Not only the church is a must-see, but, there are two important monuments in front of the church – a monument of the Apostle Vasil Levski, and a fountain with a white swallow encrusted in the stone. The White Swallow symbolizes the faith in the eponymous novel of Yordan Yovkov ”The White Swallow” and is one of the symbols of Dobrich. Thus,  if you are curious enough, you will see it around you ):

The White Swallow in Dpbrich
The White Swallow

Dobrich Old Town

After ten minutes I arrived at my destination – the Old Dobrich. As the weather was nice, I treated myself a coffee with a view on the Dobrich Old Town. The famous Dobrich bakery specialized only in pretzels in the past was also nearby. As a result, I decided to have breakfast and tasted Dobrich pretzel. I also bought a homemade bread with cheese (домашна питка) as a ”souvenir” to bring back home. I highly recommend you to try the homemade bread or other dough products when you visit Bulgaria, you will not regret it!!!

Bulgarian Pottery
Bulgarian Pottery

Bulgarian craftsmen shops

Continuing down the street, I was entering the little craftsmen shops. There is a pottery shop, a woodcarving shop, Bulgarian embroidery shop, a hatter, icons’ painter shop and others. At the end of the street, I saw the Tower Clock that helped the artisans in the past to know at what time of the day to open and to close the shops.

Woodcarving shop

That was my half-day city walk in Dobrich Old Town. I am glad I made it and did not listen to others. That’s how I discovered the beauty of Dobrich myself. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Thanks for reading!