The Silistra Region is agricultural, with extremely fertile soil and a temperate climate good for farming. The region is famous for its delicious apricot brandy.
Silistra’s magnificently forested countryside favors ecological, hunting, and rural tourism. On the islands formed by the Danube, tourists seek recreation. Hunters patronize the Karakuz game. Nature buffs are drawn to the lily-covered lake in the Malak Preslavets and Srebarna nature preserves.
There are a number of historical sites in Silistra—Thracian mounds, fortresses, and the Silistra sepulchre.
Perhaps Silistra province’s most unique site is the old fishermen’s neighborhood in Tutrakan, whose houses and churches are built in the National Revivalist style. This architectural complex is the only one of its kind in Bulgaria, and is not to be missed if you find yourself in Silistra.
The port city of Silistra is Bulgaria’s biggest producer of apricots. Orchards cover the quiet riverside city, which has a beautiful view of the Romanian countryside beyond the Danube.
Silistra is an old city. The well-preserved remains of a Roman tomb, with its colourful wall paintings, is one of the biggest archeological discoveries made in the area. A remnant from a later area stands not far from the town—the Ottoman fort of Medjid Tabiya.
The village of Sreburna (whose name means “silvery”, because of the moon’s reflection in its lake) includes the Sreburna Biosphere Reserve, a protected birds’ resting place. The village is on the migratory path of birds flying south for the winter.
Visitors also come for the hunting and fishing opportunities. Apart from its natural wonders, Sreburna has the typical offerings of any cosy village: some restaurants, places to stay, shops and a post office, as well as a natural science museum and an office of the Bulgarian Academy of Science.
The hillside town of Tutrakan is accessible from Sofia, Rousse, Varna and Silistra by bus. It was once a minor port, but today is turning into one of the area’s tourist centres.
Tutrakan’s architectural reserve is known as the Ribarskata Mahala, an old fishermen’s quarter of 48 homes from the National Revival era. Some of these have been converted into tourist accommodations. A nearby ethnographic museum exhibits the tools of trade of these fishermen—nets, lines and harpoons.
Pozharevo has a small beach on the Danube and a nearby lake, both perfect for fishing, sailing, swimming and some water sports. It is a popular camping area as well. Pozharevo has a medical centre as well as shops and restaurants, and residences are mainly in the form of clusters of farm houses. It has become a popular village for foreigners living in Bulgaria.