Beach near Kranevo
Location of Kranevo
|• Mayor||Rumen Nikolov|
|Elevation||142 m (466 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Kranevo (Bulgarian: Кранево) is a coastal village on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, part of Balchik Municipality, Dobrich Province. It is located in the historical region of Southern Dobruja. Between 1913 and 1940 it was part of Romania, being its southernmost settlement. An important lighthouse is installed on Cape Ekrene, 3 km (2 mi) south of the village. Kranevo enjoys high tourist population during summers and two of the reasons are its proximity to Albena (less than half an hour on foot, by walking on the beach) and its clearly lower prices.
The settlement was founded in the Ancient period, probably by the ancient Thracians and in the next periods was part of the Roman, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires. Its name during Ottoman rule was Ekrene, and Ecrene under Romanian administration.
Due to the constant landslide activity in the area, the activity of the lighthouse was stopped.
Not far from it are the remains of the defensive shaft, which played an important role in the defense of the First Bulgarian State, called Asparuhov shaft. On the huge hill near today's Kranevo, the Ekren fortress (fortress) was once located.
At this place during the Romanian occupation of Southern Dobrogea (1913 - 1940) passed the border with the Kingdom of Romania.
In 1950 a Labor Cooperative Agricultural Farm (TKZS) was established in the village. In 1958 the labor troops passed the road from Balchik, Albena through Kranevo to Golden Sands and Varna.
Kranevo Point on Tower Island in the Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica is named after Kranevo.