TOP places to visit in Varna – part I

Varna is one of the biggest cities in Bulgaria. It’s situated in the North-Eastern part of Bulgaria on the Black sea coast. In the summer is a favorite place for Bulgarian and foreign tourists, because combines the beauty of the golden sands, crystal blue water and variety of nightlife.

Laying on the beach and drinking cocktails is not the only thing you can do in Varna.

I will offer you ten five destination, people ranked on Tripadvisor. For your peace of mind is recommended to contact a licensed travel agency that will take care of your seamless transportation for your holiday. There are a few companies providing a cheap airport transfers Bulgaria, Varna. You have several options you can choose from – rent a car, take a taxi, rent a car with private driver, which for me is the best option, etc.

  1. The Sea Garden

The Seaside Garden is the Bulgarian port city of Varna’s largest, oldest and best-known public park, also said to be the largest landscaped park in the Balkans. Located along the city’s coast on the Black Sea, it is an important tourist attraction and a national monument of landscape architecture.

The park is the favorite place for recreation and fun of the citizens of Varna. Apart from the long alleys for promenades, the sea coast with the beach and numerous restaurants, bars and clubs, one could also enjoy a swimming pool complex and a children’s playing ground with mini-entertainment park and a small pond with boats. Just before the main alley of the garden is situated the so-called “bridge of wishes”- a small bridge which is believed to fulfill wishes if you cross it walking backward and with your eyes closed.

 

  1. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin is the largest and most famous Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in the Bulgarian Black Sea port city of Varna, and the second largest in Bulgaria (after cathedral Alexander Nevski in Sofia). Officially opened on 30 August 1886. It is the residence of the bishopric of Varna and Preslav and one of the symbols of Varna.

 

  1. Stone forest

Pobiti Kamani, also known as The Stone Forest or The Stone Desert, is a desert-like rock phenomenon located on the north-west Varna Province border in Bulgaria. It is considered the only desert in Bulgaria and one of few found in Europe. The desert consists of sand dunes and several groups of natural rock formations on a total area of 13 km². The formations are mainly stone columns between 5 and 7 meters high and from 0.3 to 3 meters thick. The columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look as if they were stuck into the surrounding sand, which gives the phenomenon its name.

 

  1. Varna Archaeological Museum

 

The Varna Archaeological Museum is an archaeological museum in the city of Varna on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. One of the largest museums in Bulgaria, it features 2,150 m² of exhibition area and displays objects from the prehistoric, Thracian, Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman periods of the region’s history, as well as from the times of the medieval Bulgarian and Byzantine Empires, the Ottoman rule and the Bulgarian National Revival (including about 900 medieval and Revival icons).

 

  1. Aladzha Monastery

Aladzha Monastery is a medieval Orthodox Christian cave monastery complex in northeastern Bulgaria, 17 km north of central Varna and 3 km west of Golden Sands beach resort, in a protected forest area adjacent to the Golden Sands Nature Park.

The monastery caves were hewn into a 25-m high vertical karst cliff near the upper edge of the Franga plateau on several levels. The complex includes two small nearby catacombs.

Dedicated to the Holy Trinity, it was an active Hesychast monastic community of the Second Bulgarian Empire since the 12th century and perhaps survived until the early 18th century. Nearby, remains of a 5th-century cave monastery have been found.

Stay tuned for the next article, where I will continue with the rest of the top destinations in Varna.