Varna beach jet ski
Jet skiing in Varna (Photo credit: daree)

Varna Travel Guide

QUICK FACTS

  • Third largest city in Bulgaria and major seaside resort, with about 300,000 residents.
  • The oldest gold treasure in the world was discovered at the Varna Necropolis – coins, jewellery and weapons dating back to 4,600 BC.
  • Established as Odessos in the 6th century BC.
  • Nicknames: The Sea Capital of Bulgaria.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Currency: Bulgarian Leva (BGN).
  • Spoken languages: Bulgarian.
  • Best time to visit: from May to September.
  • Arriving via airport: public transport to the city is 1 BGN, while a taxi costs 10 BGN.

WHERE TO STAY

During the off-season (October – April) it is better to stay near the center of the city – hotels along Boulevard Kniaz Boris I. From May to September, it is more convenient to stay on the Golden Sands (the main summer tourist attraction).

GETTING AROUND

  • GT Varna is the main way to get around. The public transport consists of bus and trolleybus (there is no subway system). A single ride costs 1 BGN, while a ride to Golden Sands costs 3 BGN.
  • Taxis are the other way to get around. The most reliable companies are Omega (052-388 888) and Transtriumf (052-644 444). Fares start at 0.99 BGN, with an additional 0.79 BGN for every kilometer (0.89 BGN after 11 PM).

VARNA NIGHTLIFE

  • Drinking age is 21, last call is 5 AM.
  • Hip/local scene: bars along the coast (directions).
  • Trendy scene: clubs Xtravaganzza and 4as Pik (directions).

UNIQUE LANDMARKS TO VISIT

INTERESTING WALKS

  • Take a walk in the Golden Sands on a sunny day. Great for people watching and getting a taste of Bulgarian culture and traditions.
  • The Sea Garden is a great place for a stroll – relax and observe the untouched nature.

LOCAL WISDOM

  • Bulgarian people have a good sense of humour, and are generally tolerant to jokes and comments of all kinds.
  • Where to find good cheap eats: just about anywhere in the city! Check out the small restaurants and fast food joints on Varna’s side streets.
  • Dangerous areas: avoid the neighbourhoods of Vladislavovo, Vuzrajdane and Mladost. Other than that, Varna is a very safe city as long as you exercise common sense.

RECOMMENDED VARNA GUIDE BOOKS

We were unable to find any good guidebooks specifically focusing on Varna. A general recommendation for travel in Bulgaria:

Recommended trip duration: 1-2 days


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Varna Travel Guide was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Nick
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