The Sea Capital of Bulgaria
Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the third largest city in Bulgaria. It is the administrative centre of the homonymous province and Varna Municipality and the tenth-largest city in the Balkans.
Varna is very nice place to relax and stay a while and from which you can visit different interesting spots. It is also a fairly very well-preserved city with houses from the Ottoman Empire and begining of 20th century with a very mild atmosphere, and an exceptional Sea Garden.
Depending on what time of the year you choose to visit Varna you have variety of activities. During the summer time a walk in down town Varna can be very rewarding. For the Bulgarian people having a cup of coffee outside overlooking the walking trafic (see and be seen) is a way of living.
Varna Archaeological Museum is found in the northern part of Varna city centre. The museum is a considerable size – the building previously being used for Varna Girls School, although not all of the museum may be open at any one time. Bulgaria has a very rich and colourful history and this is reflected in the contents of the museum. The museum boasts large and varied collections including Chalcolithic gold artefacts over 6000 years old; clay artefacts from Arsenala (a settlement now submerged under Varna Lake); jewellery from Thracian, Roman and Hellenistic periods; and a large collection of religious icons. Arguably the most impressive exhibit is that of Roman funerary sculpture, which has been described by the Rough Guide as the finest display of its kind in Bulgaria. The price for entry is 10 Lev.
The monastery caves were hewn into a 25-m high vertical carst cliff near the upper edge of the Franga plateau on several levels. The complex also includes two small nearby catacombs. Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, it was an active hesychast monastic community of the Second Bulgarian Empire since the 12th century and perhaps survived until the early 18th century. Nearby, remains of a 5th-century cave monastery have also been found.
The Sea Garden is the Bulgarian port city of Varna’s largest, oldest and best known public park, also said to be the largest landscaped park in the Balkans. Located along the city’s coast on the Black Sea, it is an important tourist attraction and a national monument of landscape architecture.
The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, built in the 19th century, houses a finely carved iconostasis and bishop’s throne as well as some interesting murals and stained glass.
Stone Forest is a rock phenomenon located in Varna Province, Bulgaria, on the road between Varna and Sofia around several villages just west of Varna. It consists of several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 7 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 metres high and from 0.3 to 3 metres thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look like they are stuck into the surrounding sands, which gives the phenomenon its name.
The history of Bulgarian maritime dates back to the year of 1883. Once the creation of the Bulgarian Marine by Russian naval officers was accomplished in 1879, there was made a collection of ancient marine exhibits. It was founded in Varna in 1923 by a group of enthusiasts and initially it was housed in the Naval School. In 1956 it was moved to Villa Diana in the Sea Garden. The museum displays a collection of marine guns, the old white house and the Sea Port of Varna and one of Bulgarian first minesweepers.
Third biggest Roman ruins in Europe and, off course the biggest in Bulgaria. The therms were built in 2nd century AD and Romans enjoyed there by bathing in freezing cold water, tepid water or hot water. Only a small complex comparing to original is still preserved.
Dolphinarium offers you a show you will not forget. You will get to know the dolphins closely and watch them play, jump out of the water, sing, … Admission: 17 leva, they have three shows/day