Plan a day trip, have an unforgettable time with the birds of Poda Protected Area…

…and get a stamp for your The 100 National Tourism Sites collection.

You can visit here for an hour, or spend the whole day. You will have unforgettable moments with the diverse feathered inhabitants of the area, watching them from the observation terrace of Poda Nature Conservation Centre, or seeing them from the visitor’s trail. You can use our binoculars and spotting scopes, and our charming bird experts will be happy to share with you all the interesting facts they know about birds.

Poda Protected Area is located at the southeastern end of the city of Burgas and is among the few places in Europe where 315 species of birds have been recorded on an area of no more than 1 sq. kilometer – ¼ of the bird diversity of Europe! This is the only place on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast where you can find a mixed colony of spoonbill, glossy ibis, pygmy cormorant, night heron, red heron, squacco heron, little and great egret.

Plan a day trip to our amazing nature conservation centre and spend a day with the wonderful wildlife that lives at the outskirts of the coastal city, on the main road to Sozopol. If you are a fervent photographer, do not miss the chance to hire a photo hide at Poda and take pictures of our rare and charming feathered stars!

© Ivo Zafirov/Spoonbill

Opening hours

APRIL to SEPTEMBER

Monday to Sunday (incl. on national holidays)
9 am – 7 pm

OCTOBER to MARCH

Monday to Sunday (incl. on national holidays)
9 am – 5 pm

Entrance fee:

Adults: 5 leva
Students: 2.50 leva
Children up to 6 years of age: free entrance

Talk ‘n’ Tour:

Our bird experts can offer you an interesting talk about the history and the wildlife of Poda Protected Area, along with a guided tour of our small but informative exhibition at the nature conservation centre. Price: 15 leva

Photo hides:

The price of renting our photo hides depends on the number of photographers and the time they want to use the hides for. To use our accommodation (for up to two people), please contact us in advance.

How do I get there?

Poda Nature Conservation Centre is located in the protected area of the same name, directly on the main road between Burgas and Sozopol. How to get there:
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Coming from Burgas (travelling south): pass by Lukoil Petrol Station; drive on the bridge across the canal; pass by Petrol Petrol Station; take the exit for Malko Tarnovo-Kraymorie; use the overpass to change directions back to Burgas. Once you are on the main road to Burgas, pass by the bus stop and in 160 metres stop at the parking lot by the road – you are now at the parking lot of Poda Nature Conservation Centre.

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Coming from Sozopol (travelling north): after you pass under the overpass of the Kraymorie/Malko Turnovo road, pass by the bus stop and in 160 metres stop at the parking lot by the road – you are now at the parking lot of Poda Nature Conservation Centre.

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You can reach Poda by public transportation too: get on city bus no. 17 from Avtogara Yug (South Bus Station) to Kraymorie. As it is not possible to cross the road directly at the bus stop near Poda, we suggest that you reach the final stop of the line (Kraymorie District), and stay on the bus to get off on the first stop on the way back to Burgas – Poda.

From the parking lot/bus stop you need to walk on the old bridge over the canal and you will reach Poda Nature Conservation Centre of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds.

GPS coordinates of the parking lot: 42.442767 N and 27.469618 Е.

Our little shop

In the shop corner of the Nature Conservation Centre you can find souvenirs from the protected area – pin badges, magnets, T-shirts, bird feeders and nest boxes for birds. Here you can buy books that will teach you how to identify birds and will reveal the natural beauty of Bulgaria. The shop corner also sells refreshing drinks.

What can I see now?

Winter in Poda Protected Area is not an ‘empty’ season. The marsh and the sea coast provide enough food and peace for many species of birds during the cold months. Some birds have come from Northern Europe to spend the winter here.

Most winter bird visitors can be observed from the terrace of the centre to avoid disturbance. This is particularly important in this season when birds have to save energy as it is harder for them to restore it.

Poda Protected Area
© Chavdar Gechev

If you come to visit Poda in the winter, you can see all three species of European swans– mute, whooper and tundra swans, even on the coldest of days. Also, you can see almost all species of European ducks, coots, grebes, great egrets, bittern and some raptors, for example white-tailed eagle, dozens of marsh harriers and many other species of birds.

The globally endangered Dalmatian pelicans are also regulars here, as well as another globally endangered species – the white-headed duck. The latter is seen only occasionally, in contrast to the pelicans which are here every day.

© Bogdan Boev

What can I do there?

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birdwatching: you can use our binoculars and spotting scopes and make your observations directly from the terrace of the centre;

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have a talk with our experts to learn the most interesting details about the life of birds, as well as a few tricks for more successful birdwatching;

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go for a walk on the visitor’s trail in the protected area;

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watch and photograph birds from the specially designed photo hides;

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spend the night at the centre and observe and photograph birds from dawn till dusk;

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see the exhibition and learn fun and interesting facts about the wildlife in Poda Protected area and the wetlands around the city of Burgas.

© Nikolay Stankov

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