Top 10 Things to do in Varna, Bulgaria

November 22, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Varna (Bulgarian: Варна, pronounced [ˈvarnɐ]) is the third largest city in Bulgaria and the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Situated strategically in the Gulf of Varna, the city has been a major economic, social and cultural centre for almost three millennia. Varna, historically known as Odessos, grew from a Thracian seaside settlement to a major seaport on the Black Sea.
Restaurants in Varna

1. Sea Garden

Varna, Bulgaria
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4.5 based on 736 reviews

Sea Garden

Reviewed By Андрей М

The Sea Garden is the best place for walking in Varna.
It is about 4 km long. Here you can stroll, exercise or have some coffee in one of the numerous pubs.
The Beaches along the sea garden attract thousands of people during the summer months.

2. Varna Archaeological Museum

Bul. Maria Louisa 41, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 681 030
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4.5 based on 298 reviews

Varna Archaeological Museum

Reviewed By wdtaylor1066 - Lennox Head

Given only the Louvre, BM and Met get 5 stars I appear to be very fond of this museum. While literally provincial the long history from paleolithic through Roman and Byzantine times until today gives the town a rich history which is extremely well reflected in ts main museum.
Particular highlights are neolithic gold grave goods which are the equal of similar in Le Hermitage.
Travelling to Varna to see the museum is worth it, and then there are the Roman Baths (2 of them).

3. The Retro Museum In Varna

Andrey Saharov Str. 2 | Grand Mall, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 88 600 1070
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

The Retro Museum In Varna

On an area of 4000 square meters, you can find more than 50 restored cars, manufactured between 1943 and 1989 from the socialist era.We also have 27 wax figures of ideologists, revolutionaries and national artists such as Todor Zhivkov, Leonid Brezhnev, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Erich Honecker, Nicolae Ceausescu, Gustav Husak, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Stalin, Lenin, Vysotsky, and others.

Reviewed By Shlomi T - Nagano, Japan

Fantastic museum !! LOVED it. Really nice display and you can even take photos freely. One of the nicest retro museum I have visited. Worth very much the 5 Euros it cost to enter.

4. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

Plaza Kiril I Metodii 2, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +30 699 939 9930
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4.5 based on 540 reviews

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, built in the 19th century, houses a finely carved iconostasis and bishop's throne as well as some interesting murals and stained glass.

Reviewed By Leonine949 - Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

This Cathedral is not only impressive from the outside, but it repays a visit to the inside. The walls are covered in artwork in glowing colours, the various icons and stations are sumptously carved and it all presents a glorious picture of faith. Even for those who are not believers, or from a different faith, it is an impressive record of transcendent art.

5. Stone Forest

Varna-Sophia Old Road, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 618 011
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4.5 based on 390 reviews

Stone Forest

Reviewed By JGFIELD - Walton On Thames

Millions of years ago under the sea were these stones and rocks .
Walk along the sand and get the feel of the ancient times .
Sit and meditate for a few minutes under the stones . Experience timeless feeling .
Worth the visit . Entrance is 3

6. Aladzha Monastery

In Naturpark, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 355 460
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4.5 based on 404 reviews

Aladzha Monastery

Reviewed By onova2014 - Moscow, Russia

Small and remote location, well maintened. You need a ticket to enter. Check website for extra activities such as Concerts and special Exhibitions in the small local museum. Walk up to the top level, explore the territory and visit the museum - all interesting and well done.

7. National Maritime Museum

Primorski Blvd 2, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 633 015
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4 based on 116 reviews

National Maritime Museum

Reviewed By SAPWanderer - London

Bulgaria has never been a powerhouse with a Black Sea Fleet like the Soviet Union possessed and today Russia still possesses. Bulgaria's fleet evolved after Russia-Turkey War that gave Bulgaria it's independence from the Ottoman Empire. No sooner had that happened than Bulgaria joined Germany as an Axis Power in World War 1 and again joined with Hitler's Germany in World War 2. After WWII Bulgaria was absorbed into Eastern Europe as a Warsaw Pact country so Bulgaria's navy was a 'made in the USSR' Russian technology existence.
Not surprisingly the museum really focuses on everything to do with Bulgaria's efforts to either build it's own national defenses or to develop it's own style of navy adapted to Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast and Danube River defensive needs leaving the Soviet Union to be 'Masters of the Black Sea.
This unique niche position the Bulgarian Navy filled in a self-defensive function is well detailed in the museum.

Primorski Park, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 302 199
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4 based on 451 reviews

Dolphinarium

Dolphinarium offers you a show you will not forget. You will get to know the dolphins closely and watch them play, jump out of the water, sing, ... Admission: 17 leva, they have three shows/day

Reviewed By Raegan O

I wish people would stop going to these places. The dolphins seem bored and I don't blame them because who wouldn't be caged in a swimming pool instead of being free in the sea. Our desire to swim with them is selfish and cruel. I went here for a coffee and could see how awful it must be for these dolphins. These places should be made a thing of the past. It's almost as terrible as Varna zoo.

9. History of Varna Museum

Maria Luisa Blvd 41, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 681 030
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

History of Varna Museum

Reviewed By GURMANDUL - Bucharest, Romania

A very interesting lesson about the Historical multi faceted aspects of Ancient Bulgaria throughout the Millennia...Very well researched, preserved and presented material - very enlightening for every person who takes some interest in History (and not just in browsing through similarly looking Flea Markets all over...)

10. Botanical Garden Ecopark

Resort Saints Constantine And Helena, Varna 9000, Bulgaria +359 52 361 941
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

Botanical Garden Ecopark

Reviewed By Tony_and_Teodora - Satu Mare, Romania

What a great place for meandering about either by yourself or a love one! Also with the BBQ pits, eating & sitting areas it's an excellent place for a family picnic. You are not restricted to one area and therefore you can just lay down your blanket any where you want. Plenty of shade is provided by the beautiful surrounding trees or if sunbathing is your pleasure you can do that as well. Eco Park is well maintained. Signs are written in both Bulgarian & English. The small entry fee is well worth the price.

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