Varna is the largest seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Varna is 3rd in population after Sofia and Plovdiv and the 2nd largest city in Bulgaria. It is called the seaside capital of Bulgaria. The town of Varna is situated 470 km north-east from the Bulgarian capital - Sofia, 80 km from the town of Shumen, 78 km from the town of Burgas and 45 km from the town of Dobrich.
Varna is a starting point for many resorts in the northern part of Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Varna is a major tourist destination, seaport, university and business centre. It is a headquarter of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine.
Beach and climate
The urban area of Varna features 20 km of sand beaches. Varna abounds in mineral water springs with temperature 35–55 °C. The beach and the central baths with mineral water are located below the Sea Garden.
The town of Varna features subtropical climate with continental influences. The summer season starts in early May and lasts until early October. The average temperatures in summer are 25–35 °C during the day and 15–20 °C in the night. The temperature of the seawater in summer is about 22–27 °C.
The hotels in Varna are numerous and diverse in prices and categories. The nearby resorts – Golden Sands, Riviera, St. St. Constantin and Elena offer also possibilities for accommodation. Check out the hotels in Varna in the left menu, book online or contact us for more information.
Bars and restaurants
There are numerous seashore restaurants, snack bars, pizzerias, taverns, beer-houses, fast food cafes, clubs and bars. The waterfront promenade is dotted with beach clubs and bars with different kind of music.
Varna is popular for the Sea Garden - the largest and oldest park in the town. In the park area are located an open-air theatre, the Navy Museum, the Seaside Baths, the Museum of Natural History, the Astronomical Observatory, the Planetarium, the Aquarium and Dolphinarium, etc. One of the richest fine arts galleries in Bulgaria is located in Varna. In St. Atanasius church (18th c) there is an exposition of icons painted in the Age of Revival.
The largest Roman bath on the Balkan Peninsula /7000 sq.m/ is located in Varna.
The Ecological Park of the University Botanical Garden is situated in St. St. Constantin and Elena resort close to Varna.
Kamchiya natural reserve, the Aladzha rock monastery and the Palace of Balchik are located also close to Varna.
Various water sports can be practiced on the beach – jet skiing, beach volleyball, boat trips, diving, surfing, banana boat rides, etc. Varna hosts international competitions and national events in several sports such as basketball, football, volleyball, boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, sailing, motocross and auto racing.
Three 18-hole professional golf courses (Lighthouse Golf, Thracian Cliffs, Black Sea Rama) are situated in the vicinities of Kavarna and Balchik to the north of Varna.
Varna is one of the largest Bulgarian transport centers. Varna is accessible by air (Varna International Airport), railway (Central railway station), by sea (Port of Varna Cruise Terminal), by car and by 2 bus terminals.