Varna Tourism

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.

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.

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

    • Air Pollution 54.31 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 48.96 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 53 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.46 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 72.83 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 40 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Varna for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Varna.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 28.13 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 24.22 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 63.28 (High)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 34.38 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 44.53 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.28 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 66.41 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.88 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.28 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 40.63 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Varna is 136.59 (High)

    • Safety Index 68.24 (High)
    • Climate Index 85.08 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 60.57 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.47 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 38.78 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.76 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 48.78 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.65 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.66 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.64 USD

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

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