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Introduction

Varna by night

Varna by night

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Varna is most probably the most beautiful Bulgarian city and it has very rich historical and cultural heritage. The area around Varna has been home to many ancient civilizations and a trading and cultural capital of the region during the past several thousand years. The Varna archaeological museum is home to the world's oldest man-made golden ornaments and to many more samples and cultural artefacts of numerous civilizations, who have lived her - the Thracians, the Greek, the Roman and the Bulgarians. Varna is surrounded by sea and forest and the area is stunningly beautiful in all seasons. The mild and warm climate also makes it a very good place to live at and the have a memorable summer vacation.

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Sights and Activities

Some of the most beautiful sights of Varna are of course situated near the sea, as the main area hosting them is the Varna Sea Garden - a park created about 100 years ago. The Sea Garden is a favourite place of all locals, who take their walk in the beautiful and quiet alleys, sit on the many sea-view benches to have a chat with friends or ride a bike on a weekend days.

The Sea Garden is right above the beaches of Varna, where you can truly enjoy the summer and the warm sea water. All locals and travellers also enjoy the nightlife of summer Varna, which is centred around the beaches in the many restaurants and night-clubs. Listening to great music on the beach with your friends at some of the great clubs and welcoming the sunrise is a traditional Varna experience.

The central alleys of the Sea Garden are crowded even at 5:00am in the summer season and it is a friendly and safe area (you should of course stay on the central part of the park just in case).

The main touristic and shopping street is about 100 metres from the entrance of the Sea Garden and it is connected to the whole of the city and the resorts by frequent transport (when using the public transport always keep your belongings safe, as just like every major touristic destination Varna in the summer also attracts pickpockets).

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Events and Festivals

Varna is home to several summer art festivals. There is a classical music festival, two short-film festivals, a theatric festival and a film festival.

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Weather

Varna has a humid subtropical climate, with considerable maritime and continental influences. The summer begins in early May and lasts till early October. Temperatures in summer usually vary between 15 °C-20 °C degrees in the night and 25 °C-35 °C during the day. Seawater temperature during the summer months is usually around 22 °C-27 °C degrees. In winter temperatures are about 0 °C at night and 5 °C-10 °C degrees during the day. Snow is possible in December, January, February and rarely in March. Snow falls in winter only several times and melts down considerably fast.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max5.5 °C6.5 °C9.6 °C14.8 °C20.1 °C24.8 °C27.1 °C27.3 °C23.8 °C18.4 °C13.1 °C8.1 °C
Avg Min-1.1 °C0 °C2.4 °C7.1 °C11.8 °C15.7 °C17.8 °C17.6 °C14.4 °C9.8 °C5.5 °C1.6 °C
Rainfall38 mm41 mm34 mm44 mm40 mm46 mm37 mm32 mm31 mm36 mm50 mm45 mm
Rain Days9981099756789

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Getting There

By Train

Varna Airport (VAR) offers flights from all over Europe in the summer. It is also covered by some of the low-cost carriers, which makes it easy and cheap to come to Varna.

By Train

The central train station is located within walking distance from city centre and cruise terminal, there is a bus and taxi connection to airport, bus stations, and resorts. Daily services are available from Sofia, Plovdiv, and Rousse.

There is one direct international train always available. Night train #059 departs Kiev daily, journey time is just under 35 hours. On its way to Varna, this train also stops in Lviv (25 hours) and Bucharest (8 hours). During the summer seasons several more destinations are added. Which cities have a direct connection varies from year to year but expect Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Minsk from the east and Prague and Warsaw among others to be on the list.

By Car

Varna can be reached by Haemus Motorway (A2) from Sofia, E70 from Rousse (and Bucharest), E87 from Constanta, Romania, and Cherno More Motorway (A3)/E87 from Istanbul, Turkey.

By Bus

There are two bus stations in Varna, one serving the local area and one for longer connections to Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Burgas, Plovdiv, Istanbul, Greece, Romania, Central and Western Europe. They aren't that easy to find, so take a taxi. As you approach them from the city centre, the station to the left is the local one, to the right is the long distance one.

By Boat

Varna is Bulgaria's only cruise destination. Cruise terminal is located near city centre, close to train station, walking distance to Sea Garden and beaches. Bus and taxi connection to city centre, bus stations, airport, and resorts. There are ferry lines (buses only) to Ukraine and Georgia. There a ferry to Ilichevsk (Odessa) in Ukraine and Poti & Batumi in Georgia.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AmforaSt.Constantine & Helena,1st str. 126 -VarnaHotel84
Bambook Bamboo Guesthousepanorama 3 Goldensands VillageGuesthouse91
Black Sea Cottage Guesthouse and CampsiteStreet 20 House 67 St Konstantine and ElenaGuesthouse90
Davidovi RelaxStefan Karadja str. 22Hotel-
Delphini GuesthouseDolphin Street 8 VinitsaGuesthouse-
Diana HouseMakedonia street 10Guesthouse-
Equipped ApartmentGraf. Ignatiew St. 26Apartment-
Family Hotel Dionis13 Buzludja str.hotel87
Funished Studio in Central VarnaGraf Ignatiew St 26Apartment-
Hostel Del Mar29, Kraibrejna str., GallataHostel85
Hotel AtlantSt. st. Constantine and Elenahotel-
Hotel FocusComplex Briz2-102hotel-
Hotel Kalina46, 17th str.Hotel90
Hotel MargaritaVajalar 89hotel-
Hotel Morski BriagVarna Golden Sandshotel-
Hotel RoyallVarna, Golden SandsHotel-
Magpie B&BKalimantsiguesthouse-
Palitra Family Hotel11 Constantine DoganovHotel-
Quiet apartment in central VarnaGraf Ignatiew St 26Apartment-
Seapark Homes NeshkovPrimorski Park Gorchivata Cheshma 501hostel-
Varna Hostel16 Dunav St Ap 9 Fl 3,Hostel-
Varshava HotelGolden SandsHotel84
Villa Murfee940 Alen MakGuesthouse-
Villa PrimaEvksinograd str.16 No 18AApartment84
X Hostel WaikikiEvksinograd, 19 - 16th Street Road from Varna to Golden SandsHostel88
Yo-Ho-HostelRusse: str. 23Hostel86
Studio GuesthouseSt Nikola, 1609Guesthouse-
Kaliakra Palace HotelGolden Sands Resort Golden SandHotel-
Valdin Apartments5a Sofia St.Apartment-
Flag Varna Central Hostel13a Bratya Shkorpil StreetHOSTEL83
Hotel Citius6, Baba Rada Str.Hotel-
Villa Joy17 Str. N16, St. Konstantine ResortGuesthouse-
Poseidon Villas№ 152 Panorama 3 Golden SandsHotel-
Hotel SorbonaLevski. str. Doubrovnik 23HOTEL-
Ventura16, Mara Taseva Str.Hotel-
Centre Beach Apartment12 Baba Rada Str.Apartment-
Hotel Orbita25, Tsar Osvoboditel BlvdHotel-
Palace Hotel - Sunny Day ResortSunny Day resortHOTEL-
Mirage Hotel - Sunny Day ResortSunny Day resortHOTEL-
Imperial Hotel - Riviera Holiday ClubRiviera Holiday ClubHOTEL-
Nympha Hotel - Golden SandsRiviera Holiday ClubHOTEL-
Admiral HotelGolden SandsHOTEL-
Lotos HotelRiviera Holiday Club Golden SandsHOTEL-
Elena Hotel - Golden SandsGolden SandsHOTEL-
Ambassador Hotel - Golden SandsGolden Sands ResortHOTEL-
Art Hotel VarnaPreslav str. 59HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available in Bulgaria, although about 60% of the population has regular access. Broadband internet is available through cable, ADSL, fiber optics, WiMax and LAN connections. You can also access internet with your mobile phone, via GPRS or 3G. Speeds are pretty fast in the capital. Outside Sofia, speeds are significantly lower. Internet cafes are available in most towns and cities, and in some villages. Computers are usually not available in libraries, or in public places such as train stations, but free wireless access is often available in such public places and in gas stations. Many pubs and hotels will also have WiFi that is free of charge to use. In recent years, wireless access has been growing, especially in biggest cities, but is still rather limited. Paid wireless access is also available. Speeds in Bulgaria are surprisingly good! In fact Bulgaria is in top 10 of the countries with fastest wireless Internet speeds worldwide.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Bulgaria is: 359. To make an international call from Bulgaria, the code is: 00
There are three mobile operators in Bulgaria: Globul, MobilTel & Vivacom. You can buy phone cards from post offices, kiosks and other street vendors.

The pan-European standard number 112 for all emergency calls is working everywhere in Bulgaria since September 2008. If, for some reason, you can not connect to 112, dial 166 for police, 150 for ambulance and 160 for the fire department.

Post

Bulgarian Posts is the national postal service of Bulgaria. Services are fairly reliable and have been getting better and faster of the years. Still, it takes anywhere from days (domestic) to weeks (intercontinental) to send postcards, letters and/or parcels. They also have a very handy price calculator for all items, both priority as well as non-priority. Bulgarian post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though some are also open on Saturday (mornings) or keep longer evening hours (mostly the central post offices in big cities or in tourist areas along the coastline). You can buy stamps and postcards at the post offices or at newspaper kiosks. Single stamps for domestic services start at 0.45 leva, for international destinations prices vary by region. For sending packages, you can also use more expensive but faster courier services offered by for example UPS or DHL. TNT and local ones like City Express or Econt are also options.

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