Hrabrovo is a village in North-East Bulgaria, part of Balchik, Dobrich region. It is located 25 km south-east to the town of Dobrich, 15 km west of Balchik and the sea-coast and 50 km north-west to the city of Varna.
The relief is flat-hilly. The climate is temperate-continental and is characterized by a hot summer, a warm spring, a cold winter with plenty of snowfalls and cool, yet sunny spring. The population of the village numbers to approximately 100 people. Altitude - 230 m.
Only scarce information of the village's past is available. A small quantity of Serbian and Bosnian coins dated back to 14th century near the village.
The legend of how Hrabrovo was established is being told by the locals. It has it that in the beginning of the 19th century a Turkish village named Kerez Orman (meaning "cherry forest" in Turkish) lied at the foot of Dobrudja Plateau, on a hill descending to Batovska Valley. Its name derived from the abundance of wild cherry trees in the area. As the population of the village grew the stock breeders' needs of vast pastures increased too. This was probably the reason why two brothers, the Turks named Hamza and Ali settled in the valley. They built a ranch in the most southern part of nowadays Hrabrovo village. The new settlement was named after the two brothers Hamzalar and in the 50's of 20th century its name was changed to Hrabrovo.
In the village there is a grocery shop and a cafe. The village is supplied with water and electricity on a regular basis. Bus transportation is available to the town of Balchik and the nearby villages.
The local people are predominantly engaged into agriculture - production of fruit and vegetables, bee-keeping. Many of them a commuting to their jobs in Balchik daily.
The climate is favourable for the production of wheat, barley, corn, rape-seed and sun-flower. The soil is fertile and is being cultivated by private agricultural cooperation. The area is also popular for the production of melons and water-melons of highest quality.
Over 50% of the houses in the village have already been sold to foreign citizens. Several English families are coming over each summer. The price of the properties varies from 13 to 15 Euro per square meter.
The proximity of the sea-coast, the tranquillity and the beautiful panoramic view towards Batovska Valley and the sea attract many foreigners to purchase a property in the village.
Investors are interested in the area as well, there are projects for the construction of hotels and wind parks.
Pictures: Mirela, internet