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Varna Solo Travel Guide

Planning a solo trip to Varna, Bulgaria? Here’s everything you need to know for your visit:

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 1.60 BGN, while a taxi costs 20 BGN.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Best hostel for solo travelers in Varna: Nomado Hostel. Very clean, with comfortable rooms, and friendly & welcoming English-speaking staff. Great for meeting other travelers. Daily breakfast included. Close to the Cathedral, walking distance to the beach. Great common areas for socializing, including a beautiful garden outside.
  • 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 1.60 BGN, while a day ticket costs 4.00 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).
  • Great bars to start your night: Sundogs, The Black Sheep Pub, Three Lions Pub (sports bar), The Vault Bar (cocktails), Cafe Bar Soho, and Kultura Speakeasy Bar.
  • Looking for clubbing? Head to Club Retro or Masquerade Club.

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.
  • Great restaurants to try: Staria Chinar, Happy Bar & Grill Center, Chuchura, Marceda Wine & Dinner, SUSHI Masters, and Marché Restaurant ($$$ – Fine dining / European).
  • Looking for a vegetarian restaurant? Head to Vege Joy Restaurant.
  • 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 neighborhoods of Vladislavovo, Vuzrajdane and Mladost. Other than that, Varna is a very safe city as long as you exercise common sense.

Recommended trip duration: 1-2 days


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