Travel Guide Varna

Travel Guide Varna | Editor: Florian Lieke

Varna - a true paradise for sun worshippers, beach lovers and culture vultures. We reveal our best tips for your holidays in Varna!

View of the Varna promenade

7 Exciting Facts About Varna

  • The origins of Varna date back to 570 B.C.
  • With around 340,000 inhabitants, Varna is Bulgaria's third-largest city (as of March 2021) - after Sofia and Plovdiv
  • The average annual temperature is 17.8 °C
  • On average, the sun shines for 6 hours a day in Varna
  • The Varna Necropolis is the oldest gold treasure in the world
  • The Sea Garden in Varna is the largest landscape park in the Balkans
  • The Roman Baths of Odessos are the fourth-largest preserved Roman bath complex in Europe

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Varna?

Those who want to spend a beach holiday on the Black Sea are in good hands during the summer months from May to September. Especially in high summer, i.e. in July and August, you can expect an average temperature of 28 °C, and the number of rainy days also decreases significantly compared to the rest of the year. Ideal conditions to spend a few relaxing days by the sea. Those who primarily want to get to know the region and avoid the tourist crowds should travel during the off-season. In terms of weather, however, only April and October seem suitable, as temperatures drop drastically between November and March and rainfall increases significantly.

Woman on the beach in Varna

All Varna Highlights at a Glance

View of Varna Beach

What Are the 5 Most Beautiful Beaches in Varna?

1. The Classic: Varna Beach

Let's start with a classic: Varna Beach. Varna Beach can be considered the city beach of Varna, as it is directly connected to the city centre and can therefore be reached without any problems. This section is particularly suitable for all those who like to combine urban hustle and bustle with the beach or whose accommodation is located in the centre. However, Varna Beach is no longer an insider tip. But if you are looking for a wide range of activities for young and old, this is the place to be. There is a lot on offer!

2. The Party Beach: Golden Sands Beach

The Golden Sands Beach has become the talk of the town and is one of the most famous beaches in Europe. For some years now, this beach section has been competing with the popular seaside resort of El Arenal on Mallorca and attracts mainly young, party-loving travellers. So, if you're looking for party, company and fun, this is the place to be. Countless bars, cafés and casinos await you here. But the Golden Sands Beach is also very spacious and ideal for long walks in the sun. However, in high season, you should be aware that the beach area is very crowded and leaves little room for absolute relaxation and tranquillity.

3. The Sporty Beach: Asparuhovo Beach

You are a keen swimmer and love to do sports even on holiday? In this case, Asparuhovo Beach is just the right place for you! The beach section is located outside the city centre, is still quite unspoilt and, due to its location but also because of the winds, creates the best conditions for learning how to windsurf. But Asparuhovo Beach is also ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddling. Here, you will also find one of the few water sports schools in the region, where you can register for various courses or at least rent the appropriate equipment. A dream come true for all water sports fans!

Windsurfer at Asparuhovo Beach

4. The Family Beach in Varna: Trakata Beach

Protected by numerous breakwaters, and due to the shallow access to the water, Trakata Beach is perfect for families with children. Here, children can easily splash around in the water while adults relax on the fine sandy beach. You can also expect much more tranquillity than on many other beach sections in the region. You will only come across a few tourists and mainly locals, so you can also unwind a little. Although the entertainment programme is not as extensive as on Varna Beach, for example, there are a few restaurants where you can enjoy local snacks and cool drinks.

5. The Diverse Beach: Rappongi Beach

Rappongi Beach is one of the most extraordinary beaches in Varna. It is divided into three sections that have something to offer for every taste. But especially the first section is perfect for all those who are looking for absolute peace and relaxation. The beach is not overcrowded here, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the water and lean back in the cosy bay and just enjoy. If you get bored, you can simply move on to the other two sections. The second section offers drinks, good music and company both during the day and in the evening. The third section, on the other hand, is dedicated to water sports.

View of Rappongi Beach

What Are the 3 Must-See Attractions in Varna?

1. The Roman Baths of Varna

The richness of Varna's culture and history already becomes evident when having a look at our first attraction: the Roman Baths of Varna. The origins of the baths date back to the 2nd century and the complex was once the largest one in the Balkans. Moreover, with more than 7,000 square metres, it is still the fourth-largest preserved Roman bath complex in Europe. So, make sure to stop by the historic Roman Baths during your trip. It's worth it!

View of the seaside garden in Varna

2. The Sea Garden of Varna

If you like to go for long walks, our next sight is definitely the right thing for you. The Varna Sea Garden is one of the central points and covers an area of several kilometres. In beautiful surroundings with numerous plants, fountains and sculptures, you can take a relaxed stroll through the garden, enjoy nature and catch a glimpse of the sea every now and then. If a simple stroll is too boring for you, you can also visit the Varna Zoo, Dolphinarium, Museum of Natural History, Astronomical Observatory or Maritime Museum located in the Sea Garden. And if you get hungry, you can simply have a snack at one of the numerous cafés and restaurants along the promenade.

3. The "Assumption of the Mother of God" Cathedral

Last but not least, the city's landmark: the "Assumption of the Mother of God" Cathedral. The sacred building is located in the city centre and its golden domes can already be seen from afar. Even though the building was only erected at the end of the 19th century, it has no less significance than other sights and landmarks of the city - quite the opposite. It stands as a symbol of the victory of the Bulgarians over the Turks after about 500 years of occupation. Inside, the cathedral also features beautiful murals and wooden art. Definitely worth a visit!

What Should You Definitely Eat in Varna?

If you like hearty food, you'll get your money's worth in Varna. The Bulgarian cuisine has many hearty delicacies and culinary highlights to offer, which you should definitely try during your trip. For example, snezhanka or tarator, cold vegetable soups that are refined with local yoghurt. Especially in summer, these two dishes are soothing and refreshing. Another classic is sarma, a popular snack made of vine leaves, served with a variety of fillings. And fans of meat will be particularly pleased with the large selection of meat dishes. Especially recommended: Guvec. It's a local meat dish, usually lamb, which is cooked together with vegetables and potatoes in a pot and cooked in the oven for several hours until it's tender. A real delicacy!

Bulgarian food served in a bowl

Tip: If you want to get to know the Bulgarian cuisine even better, we recommend the restaurants Staria Chinar, Gostilnitza Chuchura and Mr Baba.

View of the Stone Forest near Varna

What Should You Not Miss on a Holiday in Varna?

Although it is no longer an absolute insider tip, it is no less worth seeing: the Pobiti Kamani near Varna. The stone forest is situated about 20 kilometres from the city centre and can be reached easily. For a small fee, you can marvel at the unique natural phenomenon and follow in the footsteps of the past. Here, countless stone pillars rise from the ground, some of them even resembling people or animals, which is why they have names such as "the lion", "the stone guardian" or "the camel". The origins of the stone pillars have never been fully explained, but there are numerous legends about them. A true sensation that you should not miss on your trip!

Flights to Varna With Austrian Airlines

Stroll through a beautiful sea garden, unwind on the beach or taste the countless delicacies of Bulgarian cuisine - in Varna, you can do it all! So, what are you waiting for? Book your flight with Austrian Airlines right here and enjoy the unique flair of the city soon:

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