Why visit Varna - The Sea Capital of Bulgaria

July 2,2018

Varna is a much-loved destination for Bulgarians and tourists alike. It’s easy to see why - it’s the perfect resort city that simply has it all. Beautiful long beaches, crystal clear waters, lively atmosphere and countless bars and restaurants with delicious local cuisine and drinks. But guess what? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The region of Varna is incredibly rich in natural resources - protected reserves, secluded, wild beaches, waterfalls, lakes, hot thermal springs, mountains - the list goes on! The history of Varna will not disappoint either. Ancient burial sites ruins from 4000 - 5000 BC and unique cave monasteries are just a small part of Varna’s ancient heritage.

Still not convinced just how special Varna is? Here are 6 reasons why you should visit this amazing city!

1. Varna is home to the Oldest Gold Treasure in the world.

Oldest Gold Treasure
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When workmen began digging a ditch in the town of Varna in 1972, they could have never imagined they would stumble on one of the most important gravesites in history.

The Varna Necropolis contains artifacts dating back to 4000 BC and consists of about 2000 gold objects. The treasure has been shown in the USA in the exhibition “Thracian Riches: Treasures from Bulgaria” and it even spent 7 months in Japan on display as the “Oldest Gold in the World”!

Where can you see the artifacts? The artifacts can be seen at the in Varna. You get free admission to the museum with Varna City Card.

2. Amazing beaches

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How often can you vacation on a wild beach, swim in crystal clear waters or walk through the thick forests of a protected natural reserve?

Bolata Bay (Kavarna) is 75 km from Varna. It’s a refreshing change to be able to go to a beach that has not been turned into a “tourist trap”. It’s visited mostly by locals and since it’s part of a reserve the water is incredibly clean. So if you want a clean beach, where you can relax all day in the sun without having spent a lot of money, grab a towel and head down to the Bolata bay.

3. Cuisine, ancient traditions & a thriving crafts scene

Ancient traditions & a thriving crafts scene
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So why does Bulgarian food taste so amazing? Hint: unique recipes passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

Taste traditional cuisine in Varna: Visit the restaurant and get a taste of Bulgarian tradition inside a 150-year-old house restaurant. The tavern is located in the center of Varna and it’s the place locals love because of the genuine, traditional food.

Bulgarian people are the kind who like to share their customs and traditions. They are very proud of their ancient heritage as well as their rich culture. And one of those traditions is national folklore.

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The is a great example of traditional Bulgarian folklore dance and the represents Bulgarian (as well as international) music and performing arts.

Ancient traditions & a thriving crafts scene
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Bulgarians are also very proud of their crafts. If you want to know the secrets of Bulgarian traditional crafts visit The International Fair of Arts and Crafts in Varna (it happens every year in August). The best part? You can see the craftsmen in action!

4. Affordable holiday

Affordable holiday

Good value for money. That’s right, you can vacation in Varna and enjoy yourself even if you’re on a budget.

You can find a room in a hotel or a guest house for 20 BGN a night or less (10 euro), with all the facilities and extras you could possibly need! A delicious traditional meal will cost you somewhere between 20-40 BGN (drinks included) which is just around 20 euros.

5. Amazing sightseeing experience

Roman Thermae

The Roman Thermae - how often can you get the opportunity to wander amongst Roman ruins without barriers? If you visit the Roman Thermae in Varna you can do just that!

The ancient Bath Complex once belonged to the Roman city of Odessus. It’s one of the largest remaining Roman Bath ruins - 4th in Europe and 1st on the Balkans.

The complex was constructed in the late 2nd century AD and became a public center where locals gathered to discuss important matters of the town and to socialize.

Touch and see the ancient history of the region: You can see remains of facilities such as changing rooms, a cold, warm and hot pool and an area for social and athletic functions. There was an impressive underfloor heating system of pipes (hypocaust) which is still visible.

Sea Garden of Varna
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The beautiful Sea Garden of Varna is the largest landscaped park on the Balkans

In the summertime, the Sea Garden is a lively place, full of people and activities. This is where Varna’s citizens come to relax, go on a walk with friends and family and to simply socialize and have fun.

The garden is located on the shore of Black Sea with a very nice view and good bike lanes - many people come here to exercise different sports. It includes also a lot of interesting landmarks like Varna Zoo, Museum of Natural Science, Festa Dolphinarium and the Naval Museum.

Touch and see the ancient history of the region: You can see remains of facilities such as changing rooms, a cold, warm and hot pool and an area for social and athletic functions. There was an impressive underfloor heating system of pipes (hypocaust) which is still visible.

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You can swim with dolphins in the Festa Dolphinarium.

The Festa Dolphinarium in Varna is the only one of its kind on the Balkans. If your ultimate dream is to swim with dolphins now you can do this during your summer holiday in Bulgaria. There are amazing Dolphin shows taking place every day at the Dolphinarium. You can watch trained dolphins perform many tricks and even throw balls at the crowd! The whole show is very entertaining and great fun for children and adults.

Tip: Check out their and to avoid queues and to get a discount. Ticket costs vary according to season (15-25 BGN).

6. Lively town atmosphere and entertainment

Rappongi RESTAURANT & BBQ
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Bulgarian people are very sociable. They love to go out for a drink or coffee with friends and they are perfectly capable of just chilling on a beach and partying all at the same time.

If you want something cozy, with a nice atmosphere, cool people and funky music then Cubo is just the place for you.

Perfect to chill at the day and to have a drink with friends at night. Located near the sea, is one of the most preferred places by the citizens and guests of Varna. You can sit on the sand while enjoying a cold drink and good music, plus the mojitos cost as little as 4 euros!

is another popular spot that locals and tourists love to visit. The music is good (mostly house), there are parties every weekend and the drinks are at a decent price.

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The club hosts local and international DJs. The lobby bar has a large garden terrace with sofas and canopies lit by candles.

Now that you know why you should visit the Sea Capital of Bulgaria all that’s left to do is for you to start planning what will be one truly unforgettable holiday.