In Varna, popular markets, resorts, archeology, medical tourism, history, extreme sports, lovely museums, and beautiful, clean and well preserved beaches. Its streets are filled with theresa trees, pleasant parks and green nature, alongside antiquities, architecture and fascinating historical sites, bustling hotels and casinos.
The capital of the Varna district lies on the shores of the Black Sea, on a strip of beaches that stretches over nearly 400 kilometers, with countless golden beaches and sandy beaches. It is a Balinese city, rich in places of entertainment, food and drink, which also offers a wonderful backpacking holiday, especially thanks to the Golden Sands, the resort area outside the city.
Departure from Varna or from the Golden Sands hotels, jeep trips to the picturesque villages outside Varna, will reveal magical landscapes, people living a traditional lifestyle, fascinating natural phenomena and many historical sites that make the city a mandatory experience in Bulgaria.
Later, the city flourished under Roman rule. It flourished both culturally and economically, transforming it into a major central port city that spanned a fairly large area.
Gradually Varna, once occupied by Alexander the Great and others, became one of the most sacred cities for Byzantines. In 1201, the Tsar Calvian conquered it from the Byzantines and became one of the main commercial port cities in the region. At the time, it developed extensive commercial relations with the republics of Venice and Regusa (which was situated in today's Dubrovnik region).
In the course of the millennium, Varna underwent many conquests until, during the first Balkan War, which broke out in 1912, it became a town.
During the Second Balkan War it was conquered by the Romanian army and during World War II it was occupied by the Red Army. The Soviets then changed their name to Stalin.
In the 1990's, after the communist regime in Eastern Europe fell, Varna succeeded in taking its place as a successful tourist city and became the resort town we know today.
From July to September, during the summer and official tourist season, the weather is warm and pleasant, but note that during this period most of the places are packed with tourists.
The tourist season in Varna begins in the spring months (April - May) and continues throughout the summer months, until the end of September, early October.
Those interested in skiing will arrive here between December and March.
For trips outside the city, you can hire a taxi driver or rent a car (be sure to take photos of the car as soon as you rent it for insurance purposes). For those renting cars- keep to the speed limit because the policemen here get their salaries in traffic tickets.
On the bus and in crowded places, guard expensive objects from pickpockets.
Try the Banitsa, the very delicious Bulgarian borax pastry through Gyuvetch, a superb dish that includes cubes of meat, potatoes and boiled vegetables and Shopska, the Bulgarian version of the Greek salad.
Another tasty duty is the excellent Bulgarian muskka and without the eggplant. There is also a Byurek pastry, stuffed vine leaves (Sarmi) and also the finest kebab kebabs and their cold zucchini soup.
In the Bulgarian drinks department they drank the Salibova, a good local plum brandy and a "Grosudova Rakia," a great grape brandy. The popular drink in Bulgaria is mastika, made from wood sap.
There were those who said that "every street in the city of Varna is a market." Indeed, in the area of the Golden Sands, in the Turkish market around the cathedral and just in the streets of Varna, you will find a variety of surprising stalls, with peddlers and artists who offer their wares and often also bargains and surprises.
At the Varna branch of the Metro shopping center, you can have a variety of cheap shopping and Varna's large shopping malls usually have excellent shopping and excursion packages. See all by clicking on the tag Shopping in Varna.
The casinos pamper gamblers with free food and free entertainment, so many see them as a must-see here.
Seeking a turbulent nightlife in clubs, will often find them at the Golden Sands Resort.
Outdoor outdoor performances can be found in the summer at Primorski Park, the Varna Sea Park.
You'll find cultural entertainment at the Varna Opera House and the nearby theater and clock tower.
Other places of entertainment will be found in the tag Entertainment in Varna.