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Varna Things to Do

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  • Cathedral of the Assumption of the...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    TheCathedral is the largest and most famous Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in the Bulgarian Black Sea port city of Varna, officially opened on 30 August 1886. It is the residence of the bishopric of Varna and Preslav and one of the symbols of Varna. Primarily materials from the vicinity of Varna were used for the construction of the cathedral. Stones...

  • Roman Thermae

    4 out of 5 stars

    Varna has so many hidden secrets tucked away in odd niches and the Roman Baths are one such. I had no idea what street they were on until coming across the freebie "Happy" map on my last visit and they certainly aren't signposted (that I noticed). At first sight I presumed it to be some sort of bio-dome but it turned out that what I thought was a...

  • Sea Garden - Morska Gradina

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    It may be a bit of a cliche to say that "the best things in life are free" but it is, in my personal experience, quite often the case. Here in Varna one of my favourite places is the magnificent Sea Garden which sprawls northward from the city centre for several kilometres following the Black Sea coast. The Sea Garden (sometimes referred to as...


Varna Hotels

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  • Splendid Hotel

    The hotel is just across the road from Varna Cathedral, its name is Splendid and that sums it it...

  • Capitol

    Stayed here for 1 week in August 2004. Fantastic everything. Could not fualt anything and would...

  • Panorama Hotel

    excelletn location over the beach, not far from city center beautiful large rooms


Varna Restaurants

  • Well It IS One Of Bulgaria's National...

    Although the small chain of Godzila restaurants style themselves as "Pizzerias" they do in fact offer much, much, more. What they've done is slotted a pizza section into what is otherwise recognisable as very Bulgarian menu style (and of course pizza has become one of the national dishes) and added a little zing to everything. The menu has a good...

  • Restaurant Varna - Villa Marciana the...

    Villa Marciana is the flag ship of fine dinnig restaurants and gourmet restaurants in Varna and Bulgaria. Some reviews on Virtual Tourist years ago lead me to this restaurant and since my first visit my family and me we are coming frequently to Villa Marciana, because it is the most beautyful and tasty place arround Bulgaria. The prices are still...

  • Don't Miss Fine Dining!

    Gourmet Restaurant and Event Restaurant in Padina near Varna.(Belgian/German Author)den 60. Geburtsgtag meines Schwiegervater haben wir in Varna gefeiert. Über Tripadviser fanden wir ein Restaurant in einem kleinen Dorf nahe Varna und buchten es. Mein Schwiegervater hatte nie davon gehört. Sogar den Namen des Dorfes "Padina" hatte er nie gehört,...


Varna Nightlife

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  • 20s-50s Nightlife

    Hi - I wrote the report below about Jokers Bar.I returned to Varna a month or so after I wrote my report, only to find Jokers bar in Varna had closed days earlier!The good news is that the rock band (fandango) have moved another few hundred yards on the opposite side of the same road (Slivinitsa) to another good indoor venue called `Musica E'.The...

  • Over 30's Rock bar/club

    Jokers is a bar/club in Varna's biggest hotel, more geared toward the 1960/70's western rock generation, though it is mainly young Bulgarians who make up the majority of the audience.Joker's Bar have a fantastic Bulgarian band that boast that they play in Joker's bar more than 360 nights a year! The place really rocks when there is a good Bulgarian...

  • visit guiness world record of cocktails

    pench's gentlemen club has guiness world record of amounts of different cocktails.-.meanwhile over 1000 casual


Varna Transportation

  • Sofiya to Varna by autobus...

    Even if you go there just for the sake of the journey, no journey to Bulgaria is complete without a bus ride from the capitol to the Black Sea coast...In February 2012 I took the UNION IVKONI bus from Sofiya main station all the way to Varna, on a day of exceptional cold, that created the most magical, if hostile, HARD frozen scenery...The silver &...

  • Varna to London by autobus

    It is possible to travel all the way from the capitol to the Black sea resort of Varna, without a change of coach, if you travel with BALKAN HORN. MONDAY @19:00 is the weekly departure time & it's possible to use the service to reach Lille, Luxembourg, Plzen, Prague, or Brno, by Tuesday. The Bulgarian capitol will be the getting-off point for the...

  • Public Transport - don't rely on it...

    No wonder there are so many taxis in Varna. The bus timetables are just a joke at many times of day. I have twice spent over an hour waiting for a scheduled service which should run every 10 to 15 minutes according to the bus-stop information. This was only just after 18:30 and on a major tourist route (centre to Golden Sands).Also a disaster is...


Varna Shopping

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  • Grand Mall

    This is the newest and biggest mall in Varna. The difference with Mall Varna is only the size and the football court on the top of the building. At the underground floors is the parking and supermarket Carrefour. On the first 2 floors there are shops and at the last one you can find the food court and the kid attractions. Arena cinema has placed...

  • The first Varna Mall

    Mall Varna is almost as every mall - a lot of shops and entertainment you can find there. There are playhalls, cinema, food court, supermarket and of course many little shops for clothes,suvenirs and home stuff. If the weather is bad and you have already been around the museums, it's a nice place to lose your time

  • The great popcorns

    There is an old man,selling this delicious popcorns on the main street. I have no idea why they are so good but they really are. Peopl are always there,waiting on a tail to taste them. It is crowded but it worth it. Popcorns don't remember but recular price


Varna Local Customs

  • Don't forget

    No matter how many times you are warned before you arrive, it's never going to fully register that Bulgarians (the only country other than Albania) nod their head for no and shake it for yes. If confused as to the message (take into account that some Bulgarians will reverse their habit if they realise you are a foreigner) say da ily nay (yes or...

  • More Gratuitous Photo Usage!

    Then road sign here warns - "Children Don't Have Brakes!"The grafitto, I think, says - "Sexist!"It is, isn't it?

  • International folk festival-Varna

    As a big city with traditions Varna also has its own folklore festival as Sofia, Plovdiv (See for Plovdiv:, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo and others have. The one in Varna was created in 1992 and groups from all over the world have come and danced here. The festival is held in the first week of...


Varna Warnings and Dangers

  • Airport taxi rip-off

    When travelling from Varna airport into the city by taxi, expect to be ripped-off, despite going to the official taxi rank at the airport.The price I was charged from the airport to the centre was 30 Lev (£12). Admittedly, it was after midnight. The price with the meter switched on, in the day time, was only 10 levs (£4) from the centre, back to...

  • Be careful on Golden Sands to Varna Bus

    Hang onto your belongings on the Golden Sands to Varna bus. For several years there have been a gang of about 4-5 gypsy girls (& older woman) who carefully distract passengers whilst expertly stealing money when on the bus. They will then leave the bus, somewhere along the route with the stolen money.This happened to a friend of mine, who swore...

  • Club18-30!

    Varna does not have a major reputation as an obvious tourist resort, outside of eastern Europe & Russia...However, Bulgaria is now part of the club18-30 catalogue, who offer a package deal for that age group, in Varna - location - Sunny Beach...I've never been on a Club18-30 holiday, because by reputation, it's not the experience I'd enjoy - in...


Varna Tourist Traps

  • Scam Bus From Kalimantsi - Surovovo...

    Tourist Scam ! Bus driver charged us 3.00 lev each for the trip and gave us no tickets. Charge is 2.50 lev each. We were unaware of this at the time. I asked him for tickets on my return journey on the bus bus from Surovovo back to Kalimantsi he only gave me 3.00 lev ticket. There were two people travelling. He also smoked on the bus too. Surovovo...

  • About taxis

    1. Taxi drivers are required to place a sticker with their fare on the front window. Check this up before hiring a taxi. In Varna, it should say 59 st/km. Anything more is excessive.And yes, never pick a taxi in front of a hotel. Either ask for one at the reception or stop one in the street. 2. Varna is not that big, you can get almost anywhere on...

  • TAXIs - especially at the airport

    I found out the hard way that Bulgarian taxis have many types of fares. And you don't negotiate in advance they WILL take advantage of you.Especially AIRPORT taxis. I have stayed at Golden Sands. The ride cost $60 to the hotel. The next day the ride cost $30 round trip!!! Ask a few people who look like locals or officials to give you an idea how...


Varna What to Pack

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    Climate in Varna

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 19°C ( 49 - 66°F ); min: 2 - 11°C ( 36 - 51°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 24 – 27°C ( 74 - 80°F ); min: 11 - 17°C ( 51 - 63°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 11 – 23°C ( 51 - 73°F); min: 4 - 14°C ( 39 – 57°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 5 – 7°C ( 41 - 45°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Varna Off The Beaten Path

  • State Puppet Varna Theatre

    The State Puppet Varna Theatre was established in 1952 and opened on a new scene in 1985 – a year after we completed our work on the reconstruction of its new building in 1984. The theatre has its own building in the city centre – a valuable architectural monument that is originally adapted to the needs of a modern cultural institute. An area of...

  • visit nessebar

    Municipality of Nessebar...a place, where history lives together with the present times,so naturally just like the wind, the sand and the water in the sea!

  • A boat trip along Kamchia

    Kamchia is a river in the North East part of Bulgaria, 244km long.The most interesting part is near the firth of the river between the villages Byala and Shkorpilovci, around 25 km south of Varna. That part of the river is declared for biosphere reserve. It contains mainly longnose groves which are one of the most northern ones in Europe as they...


Varna Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming Complex Primorski

    Primorski swimming complex is completely new built in 2010. It has 2 big swimming pool and a little one outside and inside there is another swimming pool. There is also a fitness center and a SPA center. It is situated at the South beach of Varna, just next to the port and the railway station, in the beginning of the Sea Garden. The prices are 3...

  • Go Karting

    Go to Vinitza with a group of friends and take part in the go karting, it should cost 24 leva for a competition of 12 laps, (this is the tourist price) Watch that first corner, it's a killer

  • Club Da Capo - Where To Catch The...

    If you're missing your favourite football team whilst here in Varna then this is the place to check out. They have one big screen and three or four other wide screen TV's. When there's big games on SKY (from all over Europe) they usually have several showing at the same time.During the day time and early evening this is a relaxed, informal bar and...


Varna Favorites

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  • English Gothic on Sunny Beach...

    Varna is a central location in Bram Stoker's influential novel, DRACULA...The Count's coffin is loaded onboard ship at the port here, bound for Grimsby, & it's Dracula's intention to make a return voyage, (until he realises that Van Helsing intends to intercept him there, so he diverts his journey further north, towards Transylvania...)I assume,...

  • Varna in 1984

    In far 1984 Bulgaria was almost the only country that Russians could visit though it was very difficult and expensive. Nevertheless some of us managed to go there and the famous Bulgarian resort Varna was the main attraction, as well as the Golden Sands (Zlatny Piasky) and the Sunny Beach (Slinchev Briag). Varna is the largest city and seaside...

  • Varna at glance

    Varna is sooo alike any other ex-soviet Black Sea resort. I basically didn't see any much difference with Crimea resorts (located in Ukraine). Though center mostly is well renovated and clean, it still feels like most of city have stucked in 80s.


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