One evening back from work, I saw this hoarding of Lufthansa with a Pink Lake. They had featured the one in Mexico but I found one much closer to India. What's better, I could swim in it too. And it also happens to be where Viktor Krum went to school ! (Harry Potter fans, you would have guessed where by now)
Welcome to Atanasovsko Lake in Burgas, Bulgaria.
Now, the reason why this has been a well-kept secret is because this is a large lake with only a part of it pink. The pink section of the lake is near Burgas Saltworks.
The lye and mineral salts in the water impart the pink colour to the lakes. And due to the salts, the mud is considered to be therapeutic.
You'll find people soaking in the pink waters, covering themselves up in mineral mud and then washing it all off in the Black Sea nearby. A natural pink lake spa - doesn't that sound like a perfect bucket list item ? And if frolicking in the mud isn't your cup of tea, there are nearby places that offer massages/spa treatments too.
How to reach here ?
By Air: Burgas Airport is connected to several European destinations
By Train: The central train station at the heart of town has regular departures to Moscow, Kiev, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow.
By Bus: The South Central Bus Station has transits to practically every important Bulgarian city, and also to Turkey and Greece.
Getting around Burgas
By Bus: The public transport system is very well-developed. The tickets can be purchased from the conductor directly.
By Car, Taxi or even by cycles. The city is bike friendly and cycles can be picked up from the many bike stations.
And while you plan your visit to Burgas, Bulgaria don't forget to also visit the Black Sea beaches in Varna, the Alexander Nevsky in Sofia and one of earth's energy chakras at the Seven Rila Lakes.
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