Bulgaria is an interesting country with plenty to offer its visitors with unspoilt rural environs, historic towns, national parks, mountains and long sandy beaches there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy. The country’s Black sea resorts are popular holiday destinations.
Varna situated in Varna Bay is a tourist spot as well as a cosmopolitan modern working city; and makes a good base from which to explore more of the region.
The city is surrounded by gardens and has some stunning architecture as visitors will see as they explore the city.
You may want to spend your holiday days on the beach enjoying the sun, sea and sands. July & August can enjoy 10 hours plus of sunshine. Snorkelling can be enjoyed here; diving is also on offer with diving instruction available and gear for hire.
You can rent a car and explore more of the Black Sea coast, visit a hillside monastery or just enjoy the scenic route. A short drive along the coast is the holiday resort of Sunny Beach where you will find numerous aquatic sports and activities on offer also.
If you want to explore the city start at the Nezavisimost Square which is home to the opera house, other historic sights you will see include the 19th century Cathedral of the Assumption which contains excellent iconostasis, bishop’s throne and stained glass.
The Archaeology Museum is worth visiting it houses a fine collection of antiquities.
Another museum of interest is the Navy museum in their displays you will see a collection of marine guns and the Torpedo Boat that was responsible for sinking the Turkish cruiser Hamidie in the year 1912.
As you wander around and explore Varna you will see to the south of the city significant remains of the Roman Baths. After sightseeing you can sit at one of the outside cafes have some refreshment and watch the world go by!
There are plenty of bars, beer houses, restaurants and clubs some bars have live music nightlife is around the beach area in the summer months and is the place to be if you are looking for a lively night out! There are a variety of eateries offering local and European fare so you should find something to suit your taste around the city.
You may like to take one of the various day trips which are on offer you can get details locally what is available at the time of your visit, or your holiday rep if you are on a package holiday will be able to help you.
You will need to carry some form of ID with you at all times in Bulgaria, credit cards may be accepted in many of the larger shops and hotels but many do not take credit cards, you will need local currency which is the lev - Bulgaria is due to join the euro zone in 2010. Many people do speak some English particularly in the main holiday areas but not all. You should fix a price of a taxi ride before your journey and barter if you think it is too expensive – prices can vary! There is much more to see and do in Varna and the surrounding area you should find plenty to enjoy during your stay.
Author: Amy Nichols