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I bet you haven’t heard of Domlyan dam

I can no longer keep this a secret. It is tearing me up on the inside. I need to say it out loud.

Hello. My name is Nina and I am addicted to lakes and dams.

There! Now you know. And since I am not going to fight my addiction, if you keep on reading you’re will learn about yet another stunning dam in Bulgaria.

Domlyan dam is the perfect place to see the sunrise if you’re spending some time in the area of Karlovo. Located just about 20 minutes drive from this gorgeous town the dam is incredibly beautiful and will make the best company for your morning coffee.

Ellie and I got the opportunity to try this combination (coffee + dam that is) while staying over at friends’ house last summer. Staring at the blue waters and waiting for the sunrise I remember thinking that if we ever do start camping, this will be the first location.

How to get to Domlyan dam?

Once again, Domlyan dam is a gorgeous place to see but since mountains are not very close I don’t recommend driving from Sofia for example just for the view. If you’re staying in Karlovo, however, do check what time is the sunrise (or sunset), hop in the car and you’ll be there shortly.

The road to the Domlyan dam is not the best one there is, so if you’re driving a low car you may need to leave it in the center of the village. That’s not a huge issue – the dam is just about 10 minutes walk from there. If your vehicle is steady enough, you can drive further up and park right by the water. Here’s the Google Maps link to the lake.

What is Domlyan dam good for?

The best thing about this particular dam is that it’s rather quite. Despite a random fisherman, there isn’t a large chance of running into someone there. If you happen to have on of those fishing chairs make sure you get it with you – if you’re a reader you will probably want to use the opportunity. To summarize, Domlyan dam is perfect for:

  1. Reading.
  2. Picnic.
  3. Sunrise + coffee.
  4. Sunset + beer (or wine).
  5. Fishing (apparently).
  6. Camping (to be checked).

P.S. If you’re wondering where is this name so familiar from, let me tell you – it’s the yogurt 😉 Domlyan’s yogurt and fresh milk farm is one of the best known in Bulgaria.

By Nina Alexander

Nina is the big sister. She's a marketing professional by day, traveler by heart, tech geek, bookworm, beer lover and an amateur photographer. Her motto is Friedrich Nietzsche's famous quote "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

2 replies on “I bet you haven’t heard of Domlyan dam”

Hi Robert,
To be honest, we’ve never tried it ourself, so we are not 100% sure but I honestly doubt it is found-upon. Domlyan is a nice little village, with its own charm, but apart from the dam, we cannot personally recommend any other landmarks or places in particular to see. Nevertheless, every place surrounded by such incredible nature, especially in Bulgaria, where the land is filled with so many ancient sanctuaries and rich history, is worth visiting in our opinion.

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