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 fact, more of a living nightmare, (though having written that, whether the reports of drunken orgies is really truth, or 'urban myth', might mean I'm maligning this tour operator - I must admit, their tour brochure looks almost disappointingly respectable!)
I'll never have the chance to experience the Club18-30 EXPERIENCE - for the fundamental reason that I'm too old now, but I do hope to return to Varna...
Varna is an old city, regarded as the most beautiful in Bulgaria, where I wish to discover the real culture & find some beaches where there is room to breathe...
According to the Club18-30 brochure, not only should this side of Varna be of interest to their clientele, BUT so should the secluded island resort of Nessebar ( - I beg to disagree...)
"Shopping at the markets in Nessebar (a 10-minute ride away by bus) is a nice alternative daytime thing to do - and gives your holiday a bit of culture!"
What the brochure does not mention, is that Nessebar is close to the resort of Burgas, which is halfway down the Bulgarian coast from Varna!
Club 18-30 is part of the Thomas-Cook travel operator group, who have been around for ages, so such a blatant mistake seems inexcusable to me...
If, like me, you do not want to be in a resort full of the sort of folk that the Club 18-30 EXPERIENCE appeals to, then maybe it's best to visit Varna outside of high-season...
(Photo's show Sunny Beach waterslide, in Soviet era - 0nly because I've a fascination with this period of history...)
- Historical Travel
Be very careful with the taxies. As a resort city there are many drivers who would try to lie you.Prices vary every summer, the normal tariffs are like 0.60/0.70 lev/km. Two of the biggest companies are Lasia (Ласиа - original name) with telephone 500 000 Omega (Омега) with phone number 388 888.
You can trust one of the above companies and be very careful if you catch another taxi - ask for the price per km,how much will they take you for the whole distance and so on.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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Leave Your Gun At Home...
...along with your attack dog!
Whilst Bulgaria does have strict regulations regarding private ownership of firearms it does seem that there are quite a few illegal guns around. Gun crime however is not a major problem in Bulgaria and in fact (according to Wikipedia) the percentage of homicides with firearms here is less than that of Canada.
But it's good to see that Happy Bar and Grill here in Varna won't let anyone in if they are carrying!
PS The door sign says "Pull".
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Bring Your Own Beer!!
Varna has a rather cute little airport about 20 minutes out of the city centre and whilst the number of daily flights is relatively small it does provide links to most major hubs for travel further afield.
The only thing to beware of is that if you like a beer be prepared to be extorted! A can of Kamenitza, land-side, (which was marked as 89c) cost 6 Leva. The same can airside 7.50!!!
But on the bright side you can have cigarette on the airside observation deck ;)
- Beer Tasting
I wouldn't bother going at the beach in Varna unless I want to visit the port or Mr.Baba restaurant or the tent beach bar.The beach itself is overcrowded , dirty and the sand is not as fine as the one I'm used to from Sunny Beach.
If you ask me ,a much better place to go is the resort "Sunny Day".
Danger from the sea
The sea is called The Black sea 'cause small quantities of oil can be found in the water. But that is not the thing you should be concerned about, more dangerous are the medusas which can be seen in large hauls....
So beware, don't go in too deep water 'cause they do not come in shallow parts on the shore.....
Check the photo: These round things in the water are the medusas....
We were warned, but it happened anyway - in Varna early evening, broad daylight, a group of four gypsies (two adults and two children) tailed us as we walked along Kniaz Boris, huddled tightly togther to disguise what they were up to, and started opening my wife's rucksack. She felt the movement and turned around sharply - the girl's arm was still partly extended. When they were shouted at they smiled and laughed outrageously...
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
SG Expressbank charges 5,5 lv/ 2,25 euro for exchanging your money if you are not a client of the bank. This is the first time I hear such *** and I consider it an absolute ripoff - AVOID IT IF POSSIBLE!! This bank seems to be the most common spread bank around.
- Spa and Resort
Dont change money on the streets!
In the pedestrian area near opera house there are a lot of "private" people who wanna change money with you for 1 EUR = 2 LEW (fixed change rate is 1 EUR = 1,95/1,96 Lewa). IF you change 25 EUR or more (normally they want to change 25,50, 100 or 200 EUR), they show you new 10 Lewa notes - but then they give you old 50 Lewa notes who are nothing worth anymore! They also try to buy a mobile phone from me and also wanna give me old worthless 50 Lewa for it! So never change money on the street, go to exchange offices or bank offices!
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Although Bulgaria is relatively cheap country for most of the tourists coming here, you still have to be careful when chosing a taxi.
All taxi cars in BG are painted in yellow.
The normal price for Varna is 45/55stotinki during the day and 60 stotinki during the night time. But there are some taxi cars that will charge you 3-4 times more, moreover if they notice you are a foreigner.
That is why my advice is to stop cars that have big phone numbers drawn on their doors.You should also be able to see the prices on any of the windows of the car.
I know this is a common danger in the whole world, but as we have many gysies here, I believe you should be more careful.
The Cathedral is the most dangerous place in my opinion and the busses going to Golden Sands as well.
Car travellers watch out
When crossing the border by car always pay attention that the guy there will give you a yellow sticky "vignette" for the 4 EUROs.
Do not accept only the bill.
When travelling by car always watch for radars. Don't rush!! In Varna radars are usually placed at the entrance coming from Golden Sands or at exit toward Burgas in crossing bridges area.
Always have in pocket a small amount of EURO ( abt. 30) for any pottential bribing.
- Road Trip
BE CAREFUL OF...
IN VARNA YOU MUST ALWAYS ASKFOR THE PRICE 1ST.
DONT CHANGE YOUR MONEY IN STREETS,ONLY IN EXCHANGE, OR IN HOTELS.
ALWAYS ASK FOR YOU RIGHT WITH THE TRAVEL AGENCIES WHO FORGET MOST OF THERE DUTY WITH THE TRAVELERS.
- Family Travel
People, just no comments here! It was on the beach near the cottage.
WEll, relatively NEAR...you had to go down down down down down overcoming unPASSible paths of a little woods.
That was my first and the last time I was there.
But my parents did like it as they were just few people.....Any more comments?
ÁÀÍÊß, ÁÐÚÌÁÀÐÈÒÅ, ËÈÁÈß, ÒÅÐÅÌ... ÍÀÒÎ?
Èìà ëè Áúëãàðèÿ â ìîìåíòà ñïåöèàëíè ñëóæáè è àêî äà - ðàáîòÿò ëè èçîáùî òå? À àêî ðàáîòÿò íåùî, òî êàêâî ïî-òî÷íî? È êîé â ìîìåíòà èì äàâà çàäà÷è, íàðåæäàíèÿ è ãè êîíòðîëèðà?
Ïðîñïàíèÿò îò ÍÐÑ ñêàíäàë ñ îðúæåéíàòà ñäåëêà íà "Òåðåì" ïðàêòè÷åñêè ðåøè ñúäáàòà íà äèðåêòîðà íà Íàöèîíàëíàòà ðàçóçíàâàòåëíà ñëóæáà Äèìî Ãÿóðîâ, êàòåãîðè÷íè ñà îò ïðåçèäåíòñêàòà àäìèíèñòðàöèÿ. Âå÷å è ñàìèÿò Ñàêñêîáóðããîòñêè íÿìàë âúçìîæíîñòè äà çàùèòè øåôà íà ðàçâåäêàòà, òúé êàòî îò ïúëíîìîùíèöè íà âèñøàòà àìåðèêàíñêà àäìèíèñòðàöèÿ äîëèòàëè ÿñíè ñèãíàëè çà íåîáõîäèìîñò îò ñïåøíà ñìÿíà â ñèíõðîí ñúñ "ñòðàòåãè÷åñêèòå èíòåðåñè íà ÑÀÙ".
Íå å ðàáîòà íà ðàçóçíàâàíåòî äà ðàçêðèâà ñäåëêè êàòî òàçè ñ "Òåðåì". Òîâà çàÿâè øåôúò íà Íàöèîíàëíàòà ðàçóçíàâàòåëíà ñëóæáà ãåí. Äèìî Ãÿóðîâ ïðåä ðàäèî "Ñâîáîäíà Åâðîïà".
Øåôúò íà Íàöèîíàëíàòà ðàçóçíàâàòåëíà ñëóæáà ãåí. Äèìî Ãÿóðîâ íàðå÷å „äîñòà íåñåðèîçíè è ñìåøíè, èçâàäåíè îò êîíòåêñòà" òâúðäåíèÿòà, ÷å ïðåçèäåíòà Ïúðâàíîâ å íåäîâîëåí îò ðàáîòàòà íà íåãîâàòà ñëóæáà.
Âàëåðè Ãþðîâ: "Èëþçèÿ å, ÷å Íàöèîíàëíàòà ðàçóçíàâàòåëíà ñëóæáà ñúùåñòâóâà"
Ïðè òîâà îòãîâîðíèòå çà êðàéíî íàëîæèòåëíàòà ñìÿíà íà ãðîòåñêíî ïðîèçâåäåíèÿ ãåíåðàë èíñòèòóöèè âñå îùå íå óñïÿâàò äà ñúáåðàò ñìåëîñò è îñâîáîäÿò âàæíàòà çà ôóíêöèîíèðàíåòî íà äúðæàâàòà ñòðóêòóðà îò äîñàäíîòî íåäîðàçóìåíèå.
Âåðîÿòíî ùå ñå âúðíåì êúì ðàáîòèòå íà ÍÐÑ ñëåä 22-è. Òàêà Ïúðâàíîâ îòãîâîðè íà âúïðîñ äàëè ÍÐÑ ñè å ñâúðøèëà ðàáîòàòà, èëè å ïðîñïàëà ñäåëêàòà íà "ÒÅÐÅÌ". ÍÐÑ å íà ïîä÷èíåíèå íà äúðæàâíèÿ ãëàâà.
Çàòîâà ïúê ïúðâèÿò ðàçóçíàâà÷ ñðåä þðèñòèòå, ãîâîðÿò êëþêàðè, íàìåðèë ïúòå÷êà êúì Âðàíà è ïðîòèâíî íà ëîãèêàòà ïðîäúëæàâàë äà áúõòè ñ êðèâèÿ êîë âå÷å ñúâñåì ñóõîòî äúðâî íà ðîäíîòî ðàçóçíàâàíå.
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