Varna – a huge resort city, situated along the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. And if we judge according to our observations, this port city is a popular holiday destination among tourists from different points of the globe.
But at many Internet sites Varna is disliked for many reasons: as if the water is not very clean and the beaches are not like at Sunny Beach or Golden Sands. Personally, we have heard from the tourists, who rested on the above resort only positive reviews, have seen their happy faces and good mood after the holidays.
Varna is slowly changing and transforming, becoming a modern European city with its own values and sights. My husband and I were lucky, however briefly, but yet to touch the unhurried and measured way of life of the Bulgarians in this beautiful city.
History of the city
Varna has a rather rich and ancient history. In the VII century BC in territory of present city was located a fortress called Odessos, where the the natives of Greece lived. Later, in the III century BC, the settlement was seized by Macedonian forces. In consequence of this, two centuries later, the future Varna came under the rule of the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, the economy and religion of this city did not suffer, but quite the contrary, began to develop harmoniously and quickly.
The first mention of the city of Varna in the Byzantine chronicles dates back to VII century. Just then, the land becomes subject to the Bulgarian rulers. Later, from the XIV to the XIX century, Varna was alternately freed from the Turkish occupation by different states. First and Second World War did not spare the city. They have a negative impact on the state of Varna.
Since 1949, the city was known as Stalin. Only in 1956 the territory was given back its old name — Varna.
The weather and the climate of Varna
In summer the vacation in Varna is good, comfortable and pleasant. The climate of the resort is close to the Mediterranean, and an abundance of parks and greenery rescue tourists not only in town, but also near the waterfront.
In Varna there are always warm summers with an average temperature of air about +28°С and sea water +24°С. Sometimes it’s rainy, but not frequent, mostly in June.
Beaches in Varna
In Varna, a lot of beaches, both in the city and on its outskirts. Do not rely on outdated information of questionable cleanliness of the water and the waterfront of the resort, because lately their condition markedly improved (though not enough for the perfect). Now the main part of the coastline is sandy, with comfortable descents to the sea and all kinds of benefits of civilization. You can find: locker rooms, showers, lounge chairs and sunshades, a variety of water attractions.
You will undoubtedly be interested in our separate article, in which you will learn what kind of of Varna beaches are considered to be good and where sea water is really cleaner: Cleanliness of the sea and beaches in Bulgaria.
The most popular are the Southern and the Officers beaches, although they are not crowded. Also in the city there are Central beach and the beaches called Ribarski, Bunite and Bunite-2.
In addition, on the coast of Varna, you can always find a solitary wild or even nudist beaches, as well as in any other resort of the country. On the outskirts of the city are located the beaches of Asparuhovo and Evksinograd, and a little outside of the resort – Kabakum and Fichoza.
Almost all the beaches are equipped, and next to them there are cozy cafes, and in some cases also a wonderful shady parks. On the coast of Varna you will be able not only to swim and sunbathe in abundance, but also fully have a rest from all the affairs and concerns.
Hotels in Varna
As it is paradoxical, although the Varna is criticized by some bloggers and travel agencies, in reality at this resort, tourists want not only to relax during the summer vacation, но и житьbut also to live. Many tourists after a close acquaintance with the city, with a readiness sell or surrender their native homes and move to permanent residence in Bulgaria.
Since Varna is big city, it is quite logical that in the resort it does not feel the lack of hotels. Here you can find cozy rooms at a fairly low prices, as well as luxury apartments with a swimming pool and a full range of various services.
Choose a good variant of the hotel at the resort city of Varna, you can right on our website below. To the list we have included the most suitable, in our opinion, hotels for tourists with diverse prices and their corresponding services.
Shopping in Varna
Shopping in the resort town of Varna is not particularly different from similar in Burgas or in other cities in Bulgaria. There are several large shopping centers and shops with a large selection of clothing and accessories. We can not say that prices for these goods in Varna are lower than in other cities. In the shopping centers there is just a huge number of shops of famous trademarks (Bata, Swarovski, Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, etc.).
You decide for yourself whether you should go for shopping in Varna. But it seemed to us that the prices in shopping malls of the city are far from low, although the choice is fairly decent.
Attractions of Varna
Varna can be proud of its attractions. The most important of them, in the first place, perhaps, can be attributed Assumption Cathedral, that flaunts in the center of the square. The temple is famous not only in Varna, but also abroad. It contains a wide variety of frescoes, icons and stained glasses. And on holidays in its walls you can hear the beautiful singing of the famous Bulgarian male choir. Especially, the cathedral is unique in the evening, when extra lighting illuminates the building with lots of tiny lights.
The second one, by the significance and importance, is the magnificent Dolphinarium, that is located along the coast in a cozy Seaside park. Tourists, that are resting at a resort in Varna are definitely try to get to one of the representations. Be sure, not only children, but also adults will surely love the show, arranged by intelligent and smartest dolphins.
Ticket pricees are: for a child – 14 levs, and for an adult – 20 levs. Photos and video are not included (costs 5 levs). A detailed schedule and more detailed cost of tickets you can see on the official website of the dolphinarium.
Also in the Seaside Park in Varna are located Zoo and Aquarium.There you can see a large number of representatives of the animal world.
Ticket prices for visiting the Zoo are: for a child – 0,5 levs, for students and seniors – 1 lev, and for an adult – 1,5 levs. A detailed information you can see on the official website of the Zoo.
In addition, for lovers of historical attractions: in Varna there are: Archeological, Historical and Marine museums, Necropolis, the Roman Baths, and the ancient, but still retained its splendor, church – the Cathedral of St. Anastasia.[the_ad id=”6272″] It is worth mentioning another important attraction of the city – Lake Varna. It is one of the largest and deepest estuary waters on the coast of the country. Around the lake you can see the lush greenery in the form of trees, beautiful flowers and unusual shrubs. And for fishermen there is a paradise, because the pond is full of delicious sea fish. This ideal picture complements the healing dirt, which is full in the lake.
A special attention deserves Asparuhov bridge – the longest bridge not only in Varna, but also in the whole Bulgaria. It connects the two parts of the city, and also Lake Varna with the Black Sea. The bridge is beautiful at any time of the day, because at night it lights reflected in the sea surface. If you will be in that area do not forget to visit no less interesting Asparuhov park, where the locals love to relax.
Reviews of Varna from tourists
Varna – a beautiful city, full of secrets and mysteries. When we went to Bulgaria, we were planning to devote to this resort the whole day to explore all of its beauty. Unfortunately, the inconvenient for tourists bus schedule from Nessebar to Varna and back prevented to realize our plans. But we liked even what we have seen.
In this seaside town every tourist can find something for himself: some would like to swim and sunbathe on one of the many beaches, another prefer active water sports, some of the guests will devote part of their time to view attractions, and, certainly, there will be lovers of active abroad shopping.
But one thing we are sure: everyone who chooses for vacation the resort of Varna will surely love everything here – from the delicious food to the beautiful nature, from a variety of attractions to the hospitable Bulgarians. АAnd if you remember that the famous Bulgarian and Russian singer – Philipp Kirkorov was born in Varna, it becomes clear why many people want to see this city.
Remember, a good rest – it is not necessarily an expensive vacation on a remote island, and Varna – the best proof of this.
It is very easy to get to Varna: route buses go here regularly. Also, the city has an airport and a sea port. Who can afford it, can come to Varna by taxi or rented car.
Perhaps you will find useful our article with the bus schedule from Varna: Bus Schedule from Varna at 2015-2016 years.
The approximate schedule of buses from other seaside towns of Bulgaria you can see in the header, in the “Services” section.
Photos of Varna
To experience the beauty of Varna and to show you a small part of its treasures, we suggest you to review a small selection of photos, that was made by us in this wonderful city.
Useful links and interesting information:
- Where in Bulgaria is a good rest? Fair article about the clean sea water and the beaches of the Balkan country.
- Sunny Beach – an interesting information, you did not know about this resort.
- What interesting things can be seen in Bulgaria? Important attractions of the country.
- What is the climate in Bulgaria? Approximate weather forecast at the popular resorts of the country.
- Popular and not very resorts in Bulgaria: their pros and cons, attractions and photos.
- Amazing Burgas: shopping, attractions, Seaside Park and more.
- Current prices on popular products in the resort towns of Bulgaria.
- Where in Bulgaria is better and safer to rent a car?
- Popular bus destinations in Bulgaria: current schedule, approximate prices, tips for travelers.