Due to its scenic location and natural beauty, Varna was declared a resort town in June, 1921.
Thus, it ranked among the oldest tourist centers in Europe, such as the Cote d’Azur in France or the Italian Riviera.
With its soft golden sandy beaches, huge emerald green parks and gardens, elite bars and restaurants, museums and numerous cultural and historical monuments, the city has been attracting visitors from all over the world for a century.
The mild marine climate and long summer season remind of the Mediterranean.
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The refreshing sea breeze, however, makes the climate of Varna even more pleasant in summer.
If you have decided to spend your next summer holiday in the city, here is what you shouldn’t miss:
1. Varna Archaeological Museum
Since Varna is one of the oldest cities in Europe, the Archaeological Museum is an important place to visit.
It is housed in an old historical neo-renaissance building from the late 19th century and is located right next to the City Hall.
The building is one of the greatest works of architect Petko Momchilov.
Here you can see the world’s oldest gold treasure, which was discovered in 1972 in a necropolis in the area of Varna.
Consider, however, that the treasure often travels around the world so you should make sure it will be here during the time of your visit.
2. City Hall Building
Opened on June 6, 1981, Varna City Hall is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city.
It is situated in the middle of a charming square with many trees, benches and fountains.
The exterior and interior are dominated by white concrete and marble.
The pink tinted windows make the building very easily recognizable.
3. The Cathedral
The Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral is located in the heart of Varna.
This is the second largest church in Bulgaria after Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia.
It was built in the period 1882 – 1886. Some of the stones used in the construction of the Orthodox church are from the ruined fortress wall of the city.
The cathedral is known for its wonderful paintings and rich interior. The beauty of the throne and the iconostasis is exceptional.
4. The Awning
The Awning is one of the most emblematic landmarks in the city center of Varna.
It is located right next to the 19th century clock tower, in front of the majestic Orthodox cathedral building.
The Awning was built in 1962. Thanks to its convenient and central location, it has become a popular meeting place for the residents of Varna.
5. Clock Tower of Varna
The Clock Tower is located in the very heart of the city, right next to the central square and in front of the cathedral.
It is one of the most important landmarks of the seaside city.
It was built in 1888 and is 24 meters high. The clock itself was installed in 1890.
For some period of time in the past the tower served as a fire observation post.
6. Collective Farm Market (Kolhozen Pazar)
With its numerous colorful clothing stores and pavilions for fresh fruits and vegetables, the old Collective Farm Market is undoubtedly the most colorful place in the coastal city.
Better known in Varna as “Kolhozen Pazar”, in recent years, the place is a major tourist attraction because of its unique spirit and authentic atmosphere.
7. Nezavisimost Square (Independence Square)
With temporary interruptions, the main square in Varna has been called “Nezavisimost” (in translation “Independence”) since 1908.
Although renamed several times, it adopted its old name once again in 1992, shortly after the fall of socialism.
Here you will find numerous boutiques, shopping centers, restaurants, cafes and interesting historical buildings.
The fountain is a great attraction because it is the most modern on the Balkan Peninsula.
8. The monument of Tsar Kaloyan
The monument to Tsar Kaloyan is located not far from the cathedral and “Nezavisimost” Square.
It was made of brass, donated from the Ministry of Defense. The monument is 8 meters high and faces west.
Three people worked over the impressive statue – the sculptors Boris Borisov and Konstantin Konstantinov as well as arch. Milen Marinov.
9. Stoyan Bachvarov Opera and Drama Theater
The Stoyan Bachvarov Drama Theater and Opera are housed in one of the most elegant and aristocratic buildings in the city center of Varna.
Located on Nezavisimost Square (Independence Square), the theater and opera house is built in sophisticated Baroque style.
Construction started in 1912. The building was officially completed shortly after the end of World War I. It was designed by the talented Bulgarian architect Nikola Lazarov.
10. Puppet Theater
Founded in 1952, the State Puppet Theater of Varna is one of the very few of this kind in Europe.
It is located in the heart of the Sea Capital of Bulgaria and is housed in a beautiful historical building.
Over the years, it has won many different awards.
In the same building there is also a very interesting Puppet Museum (Museum of Dolls), which is recommended to visit too.
11. Walk around Knyaz Boris I
Blvd. “Knyaz Boris I” is the most famous shopping street in Varna and the second most expensive in the country after Blvd. “Vitosha” in Sofia.
Here you will find a huge selection of luxury boutiques of famous brands.
This is the main pedestrian zone of the city, and part of the boulevard is closed to cars.
12. Sevastopol Square
World Square, better known from the local residents as Sevastopol Square, is the most emblematic spot in Varna.
Located in the heart of the city, it is a popular meeting place.
It is located at a crossroad between the City Hall and the Sea Garden, on one of the most expensive shopping streets in the country.
The square is surrounded by some of the most fashionable restaurants in Varna.
13. The Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
Located in the busiest tourist area of Varna, the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is one of the treasures of the Black Sea city.
Often called the Sailor’s Church, it was built with the funds of Paraskeva Nikolaou, a Greek-Russian merchant.
After he had survived a terrifying storm in the Black Sea, he fulfilled his promise to build a church. The temple was established in 1865.
14. Dolphins in Love
One of the new landmarks of the city is the sculpture “Dolphins in Love”.
It is located between the iconic “Sevastopol” Square and the main entrance of the Sea Garden.
The sculpture is made of bronze and attracts many tourists and locals.
It was created by the talented sculptor Ventsislav Markov.
15. A man sitting on a bench
“A man sitting on a bench” is a sculpture by Veselin Kostadinov.
The bronze statue depicts the famous architect and sculptor Dabko Dabkov, who is among the personalities with the greatest contribution to the modern image of Varna.
You will find the beautiful work of art only a few meters from the central “Nezavisimost” Square.
16. The Dry Fountain with the Sculpture Fisherman and Goldfish
The Dry Fountain is located at Blvd. “Knyaz Boris I”.
It is one of the newest landmarks of Varna and gives an artistic look of the city.
It is called like this because the water of the fountain drains directly between the tiles through the special grids installed on the ground.
Right next to the fountain you can see a beautiful bronze sculpture which has been installed recently too.
It is called “Fisherman and Goldfish” and is approximately 6.89 ft (210 cm) tall.
17. The Festival and Congress Center
Being one of the most iconic buildings in Varna, the Festival and Congress Center is located near the main entrance of the seaside park.
This is the most livable and colorful part of the summer capital of Bulgaria, in close proximity to the beach as well as to the most popular restaurants and bars.
Various cultural events, including music, theater and film festivals, take place here.
The Festival and Congress Center was officially opened in 1986.
18. South Beach
The South Beach of Varna is the main beach of the city.
It is located very close to the entertaining area of the Port of Varna.
Along the coast you will find numerous various restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
It is famous for its soft and gentle white sands.
The annual national beach volleyball tournament is held here every year at the end of July.
19. Museum of the History of Medicine
The Museum of the History of Medicine is located in the Greek Quarter.
It is housed in an old stone Revival building, which was declared a cultural monument in 1982.
The museum was opened in 1985 and is known for its impressive collection of exhibits from different periods of time.
Today it is part of Varna Medical University, which is one of the most prestigious in Southeast Europe.
20. The former Sea Baths
Sea Baths were extremely modern and rare of their kind in the early 20th century.
They were officially completed and opened in 1926.
In those days similar facilities could be seen only in the most developed tourist nations, such as France.
Varna was declared a seaside resort, so it had to satisfy the expectations of its visitors.
In modern times, the Sea Baths have been transformed into unique and authentic beach bars, each with a different style and individuality.
21. Sveta Petka Church
Sveta Paraskeva Petka Church (most commonly known just as Sveta Petka) is one of the emblematic buildings in Varna, and the most popular project of the architect Georgi Manolov.
It was built between 1901 and 1906, and the first liturgy was held on October 14, 1906.
It is known for its beautiful interior and rich decoration.
It is located on a small square in the city center of Varna.
22. The University of Economics
The University of Economics – Varna is the oldest university in the city and one of the oldest in the country.
It is housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in Varna.
It was completed in 1920, after 9 years of construction.
The main building is a mixture of Baroque and French Renaissance architecture.
The front facade of the university is decorated with a beautiful sculpture of the mythological god Mercury.
23. The City Art Gallery
Varna has several art galleries, but the most popular of them is the City Art Gallery “Boris Georgiev”, located not far from the City Hall.
It is housed in an old and very beautiful Neo-Gothic historical building from the 19th century.
Cultural symposia and exhibitions, including of individual artists, are held here.
If you enjoy contemporary art, don’t miss visiting this place!
24. Saedinenie Square (Red Square)
Saedinenie Square, or as it is better known as the Red Square, is one of the most popular and emblematic places in the city center of Varna.
With its huge trees, shady benches and fountains, today it is an attractive place for recreation for local residents and travelers.
Here you will find tempting cafes and restaurants under the shade of the old maple trees.
25. The Shishkova Garden
The Shishkova Garden is a small square in the Greek Quarter, not far from the Sea Garden.
Quiet and shady, it is a lovely place to relax under the crowns of the trees.
The main attraction here are the ancient archeological excavations, which could be observed through thick armored glass.
There is also a creative fountain, which depicts a stylized traditional loom.
26. Roman Thermae
In antiquity, Varna (then Odessos) was part of the Roman Empire.
Because of the numerous mineral springs in the area, public mineral baths were built in the historical heart of the city during the 2nd century.
Parts of the construction are very well-preserved even today.
The structure was really huge for its time, reaching a height of about 20 meters.
Today, the ruins of the Roman Thermae fall within the borders of the so-called Greek neighbourhood and are a popular tourist attraction.
27. Railway Station
The building of the Railway Station of Varna is located on a small square, not far from the harbour.
Built in 1925, it is one of the emblematic structures in the city.
It is known for its white-and-red clock tower, as well as for its sophisticated facade.
It is the work of the architects Nikola Kostov and Kiril Marichkov.
28. Palace of Culture and Sports
The Palace of Culture and Sports is one of the most emblematic buildings in Varna.
It was completed in 1968 and is a great example of brutalist architecture.
The multifunctional building includes a shopping area, restaurants and cafes, as well as various sports facilities and fitness centers.
Every year it hosts important international events of all kinds.
One of them is the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.
29. The building of the Naval Academy
Founded on January 9, 1881, Naval Academy “N. Vaptsarov” in Varna is one of the oldest universities in the country.
It also ranks among the most elite and reputable naval schools in Southeast Europe.
The academy has been housed in its today’s neo-Stalinist style building since 1954.
Nowadays, it is one of the Soviet era landmarks of the seaside city.
30. Natural History Museum
Located in the heart of the huge Sea Garden, the Natural History Museum of Varna is small but is very well organized.
It is housed in an old historical building, finished in 1918.
Here you will be able to learn a lot about the evolution of the local flora and fauna.
In the garden of the house you can see small decorative breeds of rabbits and other animals.
31. The Aquarium
Located in the southern part of the famous Sea Garden, the Aquarium is one of the must-visit landmarks of Varna.
It was created on the idea of King Ferdinand and is the work of architect Dabko Dabkov.
The building, which is an architectural monument, was completed in 1911.
Because of the Balkan War and World War I, however, the Aquarium was officially opened in 1932.
32. The Sundial of Varna
One of the symbols of the coastal city is a unique sundial, located in the middle of a beautiful flower bed at the entrance of the Sea Garden.
The sculpture, which symbolizes a flying swan, was created in 1974 by Ivan Kovachki, and was located in its current place in 1977, three years later.
33. National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum was established in 1923.
It is known for its rich and valuable collection of authentic exhibits.
It has been housed in its current building in the Sea Garden since 1955.
Here you can see with your own eyes real old cannons, military helicopters, military boats and many others.
34. Retro Museum
The Retro Museum is housed in one of the city’s shopping centers “Grand Mall Varna”.
Here you will find a rare of its kind exhibition of old cars, which presents models from the era of the socialist regime in the country.
Apart from cars, here you can also see some other objects from the everyday life of the people from the period before 1989.
Many of the cars and the other exhibits were owned by famous Bulgarians.
35. Park-Museum Vladislav Varnenchik
Park-Museum “Vladislav Varnenchik” was established in 1924.
The location was not chosen at random.
Many people, fighting for the liberation of Varna from the Ottoman Turks, were killed here in 1444, including the Polish-Lithuanian-Hungarian King Wladyslaw III.
The museum itself is a little known but very interesting place to visit if you are interested in history.
36. Natural phenomenon “Stone Forest” (Pobiti Kamani)
Stone Forest (or as they call it Pobiti Kamani) is one of the greatest and most mystical tourist attractions in Bulgaria.
It is located approximately 20 km west of the city center of Varna and covers an area of nearly 13 km².
Here you can see a large number of cylindrical pillars of natural origin, most of which are between 5 and 7 meters high.
According to scientists, the exact origin of the limestone pillars is not clear yet.
The most popular theories say that the pillars were formed as a result of erosion or because of the accumulation of carbonate from infiltrated underground mineral waters.
37. Complex Barite
Complex “Barite” offers excellent opportunities for rural and eco tourism.
It is located only 22 miles (36 km) from the city of Varna and combines forest, fresh air, traditional Bulgarian cuisine and Revival architecture.
The complex is popular for its variety and large selection of things to do.
It is a good choice for families who want to spend some time in an authentic provincial atmosphere.
38. The Relief Bronze Map
The Relief Bronze Map of the Sea Garden is one of the new landmarks of Varna.
It was created in 2019 by a student from Varna Free University.
The relief map is located near the main entrance to the park, not far from the Sundial.
It gives a good idea of the most important tourist attractions in the Sea Garden as well as where to find them.
39. National Revival Alley
National Revival Allay is the longest and widest in the Sea Garden and determines the overall appearance of the park.
It is very well maintained and consists of two parallel alleys, separated by beautiful flower beds.
Along the entire length of the 660-meter alley rise large 15-20-meter-high trees (mostly from the species Celtis Australis).
Along the entire length of the alley you can see monuments of important personalities from the Bulgarian history.
On each memorial plaque is written the name of a fighter for liberation, and under the shade of the huge trees are erected monuments to the most notable of them.
40. Sea Casino
Since Varna was officially declared a resort city in 1921, it began to prosper very rapidly.
Being one of the most iconic buildings nowadays, the Sea Casino was built in 1926.
After a fire in 1958, the building was renovated and acquired its modern appearance.
The place is important for the cultural and entertainment development of the city.
Today it houses an art gallery, winery, restaurant, pastry shop and many others.
You will find it right next to the main entrance of the Sea Garden.
41. The Little Palace
Built in 1894, the so-called “Small Palace” is a cultural monument, located right next to the entrance of the Sea Garden.
The building is finished in an elegant neoclassical architectural style, and today it is one of the most beautiful in the seaside city.
A number of famous people from Varna lived there over the years.
For a certain period of time, it was also the headquarters of the local radio.
42. Fountain Mermaids
“Mermaids” is one of the most beautiful fountains in Varna and among the biggest tourist attractions in the Sea Garden.
This is a masterpiece of the talented sculptor Kiril Shivarov, creator of some of the most beautiful monuments in Bulgaria.
The fountain was created in 1926.
In many of his works, including in this case, the artist has drawn inspiration from cities such as Vienna and Prague.
Rakovinata Stage (Shell Stage in translation) is a small outdoor stage in the Sea Garden of Varna.
During the summer months it attracts numerous (mostly folklore) performers and dancers from the country and from around the world.
This is a charming place that vitalizes and enriches the cultural life of the seaside city.
44. The Rock Garden
The Rock Garden, better known as Alpineum, is one of the most charming places in the huge Sea Garden of Varna.
It was completed in 1960 and today is one of the main attractions in the city park.
Thanks to the thick shade of the old trees, the Rock Garden is a favorite place to relax during the hot summer months.
45. Bridge of Wishes
The Bridge of Wishes is a small wooden bridge near the Alpineum, in the historical heart of the Sea Garden.
According to a local urban legend, if you make a wish while crossing the bridge, it will come true.
According to another legend, this is the Bridge of Lovers.
It is said that if you cross it, you will find your real love and will stay together forever.
46. The Open-Air Summer Theater
Completed in 1957, the Open-Air Summer Theater of Varna embodies the summer spirit of the city.
It is located in the heart of the Sea Garden and is decorated with natural green vegetation.
Every summer it becomes one of the hotspots of the cultural life of the city.
It is known for hosting various musical events and folklore festivals.
47. The Amusement Park (especially if you travel with children)
The Amusement Park is an important landmark if you travel with your children, but not only.
Around a little pond, under the pleasant shade of centuries-old maple trees, are some very nice cafes.
Here you can relax and enjoy the great weather while your kids are having fun around at the same time.
There are numerous attractions for your kids, including bumper cars, carousels and many others.
48. The Rosarium
Located in the Sea Garden, right next to the zoo, the Rosarium is an extremely pleasant and tempting place to relax during the summer months.
Here you will find secluded benches, beautifully shaped flower beds, as well as wonderful rose bushes of different colors.
49. Varna Zoo
Varna Zoo is a place where you can find over 60 different species of animals, including small and large mammals, various species of birds (including the rare pink pelican), primates and many others.
Although the zoo is not very large, it is a very pleasant and quiet place to walk because of its shady alleys, ponds and benches.
50. The Pantheon
The Pantheon is one of the most popular landmarks from the Socialist Era.
It was officially built and opened in 1956.
The stone sculpture is located in the Sea Garden of Varna and is covered with 7 bas-reliefs.
Work on them took 7 months, but today the monument is among the most visited sights in the city.
Its walls depict scenes of the war against fascism between 1923 and 1944.
51. The Summer House of Atanas Burov
Built in a classic style in 1909, the former summer villa of Atanas Burov is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Varna.
It is located in the northeastern part of the huge seaside park.
It is the work of the famous architect Petko Momchilov, who is also the creator of many other elegant buildings in Sofia and Varna.
The house is situated in a lovely park setting and offers a remarkable sea view.
Today the villa houses an elegant restaurant.
52. The Alley of Sports Glory
The Alley of Sports Glory is one of the new landmarks of the sea capital of Bulgaria.
It is located in the northeastern part of the Sea Garden.
It was opened on May 9, 2013, and the entire length of the facility is 0.68 miles (1.1 km).
The alley is a favorite place for walking and cycling for locals and tourists.
Here you can enjoy the outstanding panoramic view of the Varna Bay while walking under the pleasant shade of the large trees.
The facility is equipped with 10 plates with the names of athletes from Varna who participated in the Olympic Games.
The Dolphinarium is one of a few similar water parks in Europe.
It is located in the Sea Garden of Varna, not far from the sea.
It was officially opened on August 11, 1984.
There are currently 5 dolphins, 3 of which were brought from Central America and the Caribbean, and 2 were born in the dolphinarium itself.
The intelligent mammals are constantly provided with healthy food and purified sea water from the Black Sea.
54. Chapel “Holy Annunciation”
The Chapel of the Holy Annunciation is nestled under the thick shade of huge trees in the central part of the Sea Garden.
Built in 1996, the small Orthodox church is a favorite place of local residents and guests of the city.
The chapel was built with donations from Maria and Lyubomir Serafimovi.
55. The park of Asparuhovo
A bridge with a total length of 2050 meters connects the northern and the southern part of Varna.
The 52 meters high bridge leads to a quiet coastal neighborhood, called Asparuhovo.
It is known for its beautiful park and golden sandy beach.
Inspired by the project of the famous archaeologist and museum worker Karel Shkorpil, the work on the construction of the park started in 1935.
Today this is a favourite place for relaxation and recreation under the thick shade of the trees.
Phanagoria is an open-air historical and ethnographic complex, which is located on the place where the first Bulgarian settlement was founded by Khan Asparuh.
You will find Phanagoria in the coastal park of the south neighbourhood of Asparuhovo.
With its wooden defensive wall, the historical complex looks like a traditional village from that period.
57. Panoramic Site Galata
“Galata” Panoramic Site is located on the road between the neighbourhoods of Asparuhovo and Galata.
Although quite far from the city center, it is definitely worth a visit.
It offers a unique view of the entire city.
It is recommended to visit the place in the evening for two reasons.
First, the panorama is especially beautiful at dusk, and second, you will be able to avoid the hottest midday hours.
58. Church of St. Athanasius
The old metropolitan church of St. Athanasius is located in the so-called Greek Quarter.
It is one of the oldest in Varna and is located right next to the Roman Thermae.
The modern church dates back to 1838.
It was built on the site of another 13th century church, which unfortunately burned down in a fire.
59. Ethnographic Museum
The Ethnographic Museum of Varna was established in July, 1974.
It is housed in a traditional old building from the Revival Period.
The construction of the museum is made of wood and stone.
The building dates back to 1860.
It is located in the heart of the so-called Greek Quarter.
Here you will be able to learn interesting facts about the way of life of the Bulgarians over the centuries.
The rich collection of exhibits include traditional costumes and household items.
60. Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium Copernicus
The Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium of Varna were opened on May 22, 1968.
Located in the southern part of the huge Sea Garden, this place embodies the interest in space and stars, especially high during the 60s of the 20th century.
The biggest attraction is the so-called “Star Hall”.
61. Port Varna
Port Varna is a place that offers numerous opportunities for entertainment.
Here you will find a wonderful amusement park as well as a number of great restaurants offering fish and other seafood delicacies, traditional Bulgarian cuisine and barbecue, Greek cuisine and much more.
The area is a favorite place for having dinner and watching the sunset over the harbor.
Completed in 1901, the Breakwater is not an architectural masterpiece but is definitely emblematic for Varna.
Because of its extreme importance for the development of the city, the structure has been repeatedly strengthened and enlarged over the years.
It protects the yacht marina and the harbor from the fierce waves in winter.
At the same time, on hot summer afternoons it is an inviting place for a walk, mainly because of the refreshing sea breeze and beautiful views.
63. The small lighthouse
The small lighthouse is located south of the Port of Varna, on the west side of the breakwater and right next to the yacht marina.
The place is especially attractive if you want to take some really good pictures of the sunset.
For this reason, many people usually gather here at the golden hour before dusk.
64. The Dragons in Love
In the southernmost part of the Sea Garden of Varna, next to the pool complex, you will find an impressive bronze sculpture, called “The Dragons in Love”.
It depicts a pair of dragons in love, holding an egg in hands.
Unique in its kind, the sculpture has found a place even in a prestigious American ranking dedicated to the most unique monuments around the world.
65. The sculpture “Expectation”
“Expectation” is a unique sculpture, whose location is quite unique and unusual as well.
It was built on the stone wall of the Varna breakwater.
The statue depicts a boy and a girl waiting for a ship to arrive, probably with a loved one on board.
Beneath the 300-kilogram bronze sculpture is a beautiful poem about the sea.
66. Shopping in one of the malls
Varna is known as an attractive place for shopping.
Here you will find a large concentration of shopping centers, which are also located at a relatively short distance from each other.
The largest of them are Grand Mall Varna, Delta Planet Mall and Varna Mall.
They offer a wide selection of global fashion brands, famous restaurants, cinemas and many others.
67. Complex Horizont
Complex “Horizont” is considered one of the most recommended places to visit in the city of Varna.
It is located in the pleasant park setting of the Sea Garden, only a few steps from the beach.
It consists of a day bar, a nightclub, an elegant gourmet restaurant and a refined summer restaurant with an outdoor terrace revealing a wonderful sea view.
The complex is a favorite place for tourists and locals.
68. Historical Park
The Historical Park of Varna is unique of its kind.
It is the first similar attraction, which has been created to entertain its visitors through a walk in the past.
The complex is impressive in its scale.
It covers an area of 130 acres on the outskirts of Varna, not far from the town of Devnya.
If you’re a history lover, it’s a good idea to spend at least a few hours here.
69. The Stargazer (Zvezdobroets)
Varna is famous for its numerous bronze sculptures, especially in the park and in the central parts of the city.
One of the new additions is called “Zvezdobroets”, which means “Stargazer”.
The unique bronze statue was created by the sculptor Venelin Bozhidarov.
It was created in 2018 and is located near the Astronomical Observatory.
70. Wake Park
Wake Park is an amusement sport center located in the northeastern part of the promenade of Varna.
Locked between the Sea Garden and the golden sand of the beach, the complex combines several beach bars in a Caribbean style.
It is a favorite place for locals and tourists during the summer season.
If you love water sports, here you can enjoy some really good wakeboarding.
If you feel tired after a long day outside, you can just have a refreshing drink while observing the sea.
71. Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
The Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship was constructed in the Brutalist architectural style and was officially completed in 1978.
The 23-meter-high rough concrete structure is situated on top of an artificial 95 meters high hill in the northeastern part of the city.
It is surrounded by green areas and reveals an exceptional panoramic view of the city center and the bay, which attracts a number of visitors, especially at sunset.
72. Ecopark Varna
Ecopark Varna is located right next to Saint Constantin and Helena, in the northern part of the city.
It is one of the top places to visit during your holiday in Varna.
The garden is an incredible place to spend the entire afternoon with your family and friends, enjoying the quiet and green walking paths or just relaxing on a shady bench.
It is known for its great variety of species of trees, flowers and bushes, some of which have been brought from remote parts of the world, including Japan or Canada.
73. Butterfly House
Butterfly House is a small private museum.
It is located in a quiet area of the lovely summer resort town Saints Constantine and Helena, in the northeastern part of Varna.
It offers a unique exhibition of rare species of butterflies from around the world.
Here you will see butterflies at different stages of their lives, including caterpillars and cocoons.
74. The Royal Castle of Euxinograd
The Royal Castle of Euxinograd was founded in 1890, 4.3 miles (nearly 7 km) north of the city center of Varna, as a summer residence of the Prince (Knyaz) Alexander of Battenberg.
The castle is situated on the Black Sea Coast and is surrounded by a sophisticated botanical garden.
Here you can see an incredible variety of species of plants from around the world.
Nowadays, the castle is a popular tourist attraction, but it also serves as a presidential and governmental summer residence.
75. Sunny Day Beach
6.2 miles (10 km) north of the center of Varna you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in Bulgaria.
It stretches along the coast of a quiet tourist complex, called Sunny Day.
The Blue Flag awarded beach is well-known for its numerous facilities as well as for the exceptional quality and cleanliness of its soft golden sands and irresistible topaz blue water.
76. Sirius Beach
Sirius Beach is one of the most emblematic along the Northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
It is located nearly 5 miles (8 km) north of Varna and is a must for every tourist.
The place is known for the combination of superb golden sand and shallow azure waters as well as for its old sailing ship, also called Sirius, which is now a popular restaurant.
77. Cabacum Beach
Cabacum Beach is one of the top beaches along the northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and one of the best in Varna.
It is located in the northernmost parts of the city, between Golden Sands and Sunny Day.
It offers a long and wide stretch of soft golden sands and clear azure sea waters.
You can get here easily by public transport.
78. Golden Sands Nature Park
Golden Sands Nature Park is a protected area, located about 10.5 miles (nearly 17 km) north of the city center of Varna.
It stretches for more than 9 km along the Black Sea Coast and Golden Sands.
The deciduous forest is most beautiful in late spring and in summer (between early April and late September).
The forest is home to various species of animals, such as deer, rabbits, badgers, foxes, wild boars and many others.
79. Aladzha Monastery
The medieval Aladzha Monastery has been carved into vertical cliffs (about 82 ft or 25 meters high) within Golden Sands Nature Park.
It is located into a lush deciduous forest, approximately 10.5 miles (almost 17 km) north of the city center of Varna and 1.86 miles ( 3 km) west of the popular beach resort Golden Sands.
The ortodox monastery is one of the most important tourist attractions along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
80. Go to Albena
Albena is a quiet and peaceful family resort, located 19 miles (30 km) north of Varna.
It enjoys a very good reputation because of its very well preserved environment and superb stretch of white sand.
There is a relatively small number of hotels, and all of them are situated in a forest-like setting.
81. Day trip to Balchik
Every holiday in Varna should include a day trip to Balchik.
This is a small coastal city, located 21 miles (almost 34 kilometers) northeast from the downtown of Varna.
Balchik is a historical place and is well-known for its beautiful Revival architecture.
Here you will also see the summer castle of the Romanian queen as well as a wonderful botanical garden.
82. Argata Beach
About an hour drive northeast of Varna, between the villages of Topola and Bozhurets, you will find the whitest beach on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
Argata Beach is a stretch of superb light sand and is surrounded by pristine wild landscapes.
The beach is quiet and offers great opportunities for recreation.
There are some excellent golf courses in the area.
83. Cape Kaliakra
Associated with ancient myths and legends, Cape Kaliakra is a must for every holidaymaker in Varna.
Located 37 miles (60 km) northeast of the city, it is considered one of the most scenic and iconic spots on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
On the top of the nearly 230 ft (70 meters) high cliff is situated a beautiful and very well-preserved ancient fortress as well as a modern lighthouse.
84. Bolata Beach
Bolata Beach has been repeatedly listed as one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in Europe.
It is located in a well-preserved and sparsely populated area, north of Cape Kaliakra.
Bolata is unique mainly for its rare palette of colors.
Superb golden beach separates the red eroded cliffs from the emerald bay.
The area is quite remote, so if you want to visit it, you will definitely need to rent a car for a day.
85. Go to Kamchia
15.5 miles (25 km) south of Varna is the small coastal resort of Kamchia.
It is named after the deep Kamchia river, as it is located near its estuary.
The beach of Kamchia is fantastic.
It is covered with golden sands and is considered the largest in Bulgaria.
Along the river banks you will find the only rainforest in Europe, which makes this place highly recommended for every tourist in Varna.
86. Skele Kapu Cheshmesi
Skele Kapu Cheshmesi is a very elegant and beautiful fountain, located on the promenade in Varna.
It was created in 1834 and is among the most beautiful Ottoman monuments in the city.
Made of marble, it has remained perfectly preserved over the years.
During the construction of the Sea Garden in the late 19th century, the fountain was carefully and elegantly integrated into the design of the park.
One of the remarkable sculptures in the Sea Garden is the work of the famous sculptor Ivan Kovachev.
The bronze plastic is called “Swimmers” and depicts a man and a woman swimming together.
The artist has other interesting works in the park, including the Sundial.
88. The Monument of the Border Guard
The Monument of the Border Guard was created in 1917.
It is situated on a place that served as a border post during World War I.
The monument was completely finished in 1922 when a sculpture of a border guard with a dog was added on top.
89. Golden Sands
Often called the Bulgarian Miami Beach, Golden Sands is one of the most attractive and prestigious Bulgarian resorts.
It is located 20 minutes north of the center of Varna.
As you can guess from its name, the resort is famous for the unique golden color of the sand.
The place is famous for its numerous bars, restaurants and exciting nightlife.
90. The Flags
In 2009, in the northeastern part of Varna, not far from the monument to the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, were installed the tallest pylons on the continent (52.6 meters high).
Here you can see two of the largest flags in Europe – one of Bulgaria and one of the European Union.
The size of each of the flags is 21.4 x 13 meters.
91. Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena
The Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena is located in the eponymous resort in the northern part of Varna.
It was built in the 18th century, but data on the exact time of its creation are missing.
The monastery was destroyed during the Russo-Turkish War of Independence.
However, it was completely rebuilt very soon after the end of the war.
92. Small Roman Thermae
Being one of the oldest cities in Europe, Varna has seen numerous ups and downs in its history.
As you can expect, much of the downtown of the modern city lies on ancient Roman ruins, and the Small Roman Thermae (built in the 3rd century AD) is a very good example of this.
The facility had been serving for 3 centuries, when it started to decline in the 6th century, following the decline of the Roman Empire.
93. Museum of New History of Varna
The Museum of the New History of Varna is located right next to the Small Roman Thermae in the popular Greek Neighbourhood.
The beautiful building was completed in 1851, and the museum itself was opened in 1969.
It traces various aspects of the development of Varna since 1879, including as a port, cultural, educational and tourist hub.
94. Rappongi Beach
Located within walking distance of the city center, Rappongi Beach is one the most recommended in Varna and is very popular with lovers of beach volleyball.
Right next to the fine golden stretch of sand there is a lovely beach restaurant, which is a favorite place for recreation for locals and tourists.
On the sand you will find a great beach bar to enjoy a refreshing drink and to find some pleasant shade during the hottest midday hours.
95. St. Archangel Michael Church
The Church of St. Archangel Michael is considered one of the most significant landmarks in the city center of Varna.
The beautiful building is well-known for its Revival architecture.
It is of great importance for the cultural and educational development of the seaside city.
Here, on the first floor of the building, the first Bulgarian school was opened in 1862.
96. Naval Club of Varna
Consecrated at the end of 1899, the blue and white building of the Naval Club of Varna is located in the heart of the city, right in front of the cathedral.
The multifunctional building is famous for its beautiful architecture and rich ornaments.
It is an elegant mix of Baroque, Renaissance and Roman style.
Today it is one of the most emblematic and recognizable structures in Varna.
97. Headquarter of the Navy
The Headquarter of the Navy of the Republic of Bulgaria is one of the beautiful and emblematic buildings in Varna.
Built in 1933, it initially served as the seat of the Chamber of Commerce.
In 1945, however, the Headquarter of the Navy moved here.
The building is known for its beautiful baroque architecture.
The main highlights of the elegant structure are the balcony and the sophisticated Corinthian columns.
98. Ancient Church “Saint Assumption”
The Ancient Church “Saint Assumption” is one of the oldest functioning Christian churches in Varna.
It was built in 1602, and similar to many other significant landmarks of Varna, it is located in the Greek Neighbourhood of the city too.
It is famous for the icon of the Holy Mother of God, which is believed to have miraculous powers.
99. Museum of Old Varna
Located on a quiet street in the Greek Neighbourhood, the Museum of Old Varna is an extremely fascinating place.
It offers a rich collection of old photos of the city.
This is a great opportunity to trace the transformation of Varna since the 19th century.
More than 5,000 photos are available, mostly of them of iconic boulevards and buildings located in the central parts of the city.
100. House-Museum of Georgi Velchev
Born on November 18, 1891, Georgi Velchev is among the most talented Bulgarian artists.
He lived and worked in Paris from 1920 to 1922, which also influenced his incredible art.
As you can see, enjoying his works, his biggest passion was the sea.
After his death, his sister and brother donated his house to be turned into a museum.
Today here you can see 239 unique paintings, most of them marine-themed.
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