Shumen is a town with long history of aerial sports. The Shumen Aeroclub was established as early as 1951 and has been developing ever since in four main branches: powered and unpowered flying, parachuting, aeromodelism and technics. Today Shumen hosts paragliding and aeromodelism competitions, as well as the annual cross-country race. Under the right conditions, the longest flights here can go for up to 200 km.
The reason behind the region’s aviation development is the favorable conditions the Shumen plateau offers. The plateau is located southwest of Shumen, and from the air you can clearly see its irregular quadrangle shape. When in a flight you also get to see one of the modern state’s symbols, the majestic monument dedicated to the 1300th anniversary of Bulgaria. A flight to the north offers an impressive view of the historical and archeological reserve, Shumen Fortress, which has been collecting memories for thousands of years and was used by Thracians, Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians.
Panoramic and cross-country flights with a paraglider are possible, as well as combined slope soaring and thermal flying.