Visit Varna - Best of Varna

Varna is the maritime capital and third largest city of Bulgaria. It is home to around 365,000 people. Varna has an interesting distinction: the oldest treasure made of gold was found in the Varna Necropolis and it consists of artefacts dating back to 4750 BC. Over 30 prehistoric settlements have been found in the region dating back to 100,000 years ago. The region has been populated by Thracians and Greeks at one point or the other in its history and later became a part of the Byzantine Empire. It was also a part of the Ottoman Empire for four centuries. After a long time of being exchanged between significant powers during the course of its history, Varna became a part of Bulgaria. The city played a significant role in the First Balkan War and the First World War. It is now one of Bulgaria’s most important economic hubs.

Its ideal location has made Varna one of the most significant tourism destinations in Bulgaria. The city is also Bulgaria’s only international cruise destination. It is among Bulgaria’s fastest growing and best performing cities. In 2007 and 2008, it was voted ‘best city in Bulgaria to live in’ and once you visit this Bulgarian gem, you’ll know why.

Varna is an interesting mix of old world charm and modernism, with its neo-renaissance and neo-baroque buildings standing shoulder to shoulder with elegant apartments and exquisite beachfront property. Your itinerary planner should consider this city because of its beautiful attractions such as the famous Sea Garden and the archaic Aladzha Monastery. For a fascinating, history-rich vacation, head to Varna. It won’t disappoint.

Varna Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Varna tips for your visit

  • It’s very possible that you may end up paying inflated rates if you avail taxis without looking up the fare. Look for the small plate located near the rear door’s windows for the correct fare.

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Varna Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Varna

  • Save 7% Jeep Safari Program
    Jeep Safari ProgramNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    Traveling with the jeeps through an of-road route, crossing of several river places, driving along the river about 300m, wond...

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  • Save 8% BLACK SEA YACHT PICNIC
    BLACK SEA YACHT PICNICNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 7 Hrs

    Join us on one day yacht trip along the charming Black Sea coast north from the town of Balchik!We depart the picturesque por...

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  • Save 8% Varna Walking and Wine Tasting Tour: Cultural Treasures
    Varna Walking and Wine Tasting Tour: Cultural TreasuresNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Immerse yourself in Bulgarian history and culture during this 4-hour small group walking and wine tasting tour of Varna. Wand...

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  • Save 5% Five Interesting Places Around Varna in One Day
    Five Interesting Places Around Varna in One DayNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    This is a one day guided tour that takes you to the west of Varna. You will visit the mouth of Kamchia River and Kamchia Rese...

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Facts and Stats for Varna*

  • Pollution Statistics in Varna

    Know the pollution level of Varna before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 47.83 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35.87 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 71.59 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 40.63 (Moderate)
  • Varna: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Varna for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Varna.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.67 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 22.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 64.17 (High)
    • Car Stealing 30 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 34.17 (Low)
    • Attacks 26.67 (Low)
    • Drug offense 44.17 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 68.33 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.67 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40 (Moderate)
  • Living in Varna - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Varna is 136.99 (High)

    • Safety Index 69.22 (High)
    • Climate Index 85.08 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 60.99 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.39 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.24 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.51 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.88 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 49.96 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Varna

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Varna

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.92 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.96 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 78.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 55.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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