What to see and do in Varna: Top Picks

July 3,2018

Varna is the perfect tourist destination. And it’s easy to see why. It’s a lively, vibrant town full of culture, history and things to do. So whether you prefer to relax on one of the amazing beaches there, sail away in a regatta or stroll down the center and the beautiful Sea Garden you’ll find that Varna has something for everyone’s taste.

And that’s just the fun side of Varna. The other one has a lot to do with its ancient history. Did you know that Varna is home to the oldest Gold Treasure in the world? That’s right! It dates all the way back to the 4th century BC.

Here are some of the best things to do while in Varna:

1. Out in the city: Taking a walk around the key sights in Varna.

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The City Center is a great place to start exploring. Strolling down the center you will be spoiled with choice for shops, cafes, restaurants, and entertainment. The main pedestrian zone includes the area between the "Nezavisimost" Square and the entrance of the Sea Garden, all along "Knyaz Boris I" Blvd. This makes it convenient to get around most of the key sights in town and see as much as possible.

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If you’re looking to do some shopping, is the place. There are enough shops to tire you out including many international brands.

The Dormition
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Visit Varna Cathedral - one of the most beautiful architecture buildings in Bulgaria?

The Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral is a symbol of Varna and one of the most visited places. It’s always worth a stop just to admire the amazing architecture of the building. The domes (roof) are coated with gold and silver and the frescoes are amongst the most beautiful features of the cathedral.

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Stroll down the beautiful Sea Garden

Varna is also famous with its Sea Garden. It’s an emblem of the city and a National Monument of landscaped architecture. In the summer, it’s a lively place full of people and activities. This is where locals come to relax, go for a walk with friends and family, socialize and have fun.

2. Grab a bite to eat

How about going for a delicious meal after cruising around town? With Varna City Card you get a discount at the restaurant which is one of the best spots in town to grab a bite. The quality of the food is great, the portions generous and the prices are reasonable. Their large menu offers many tasty pizzas, fresh seasonal salads, sushi, pasta dishes, and appetizers.

3. History, Museums & Culture

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Varna has a very rich, historical past! Did you know that Varna is home to the oldest Gold Treasure in the world? You can see it for yourself in the and with Varna City Card you get free admission.

The Gold Treasure was found in the Varna Necropolis. Its artifacts date back to 4000 BC and consist of about 2000 golden objects. Archaeologists refer to the Varna Necropolis as the „Prehistoric find of the century”.

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The Roman Thermae - wander amongst Roman ruins

The ancient Bath Complex once belonged to the Roman city of Odessus and is amongst the largest remaining Roman Bath ruins still existing today - 4th in Europe and 1st on the Balkans.

You can see remains of facilities such as changing rooms, a cold, warm and hot pool and an area for social and athletic functions. And with Varna City Card you get free admission.

4. Let Varna entertain you

Varna has more than enough to keep you entertained so here are some really fun places to visit.

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Festa Dolphinarium & Varna Zoo

There are amazing Dolphin shows taking place every day at the Dolphinarium (located in the Sea Garden). You can watch trained dolphins perform many tricks and even throw balls at the crowd! The whole show is very entertaining and great fun for children and adults.

Check out their and to avoid queues and to get a discount. Ticket costs vary according to the season (15-25 BGN).

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The makes for a perfect family day trip and has plenty to keep both adults and children entertained for hours.

Be on the lookout for the magnificent Royal Pheasant and the Golden Eagle. You can also see some Lamas, Wolves, Bears, Foxes and the main attraction of the zoo - the Tigers and Lions! With Varna City Card you get free admission.

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Retro Museum

Travel back in the time of Socialism inside the Retro Museum - a must visit place in Varna.

You can find the Retro Museum inside Grand Mall Varna. The whole museum is dedicated to the Socialism period from 1945 to 1989. Make sure to see the amazing collection of Restored Vintage Cars, the wax figures of famous people from the Socialist era and the interesting object collection of Bulgarian cigarettes. With Varna City Card you get 20% off the entry fee.

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Bungee jumping from the Asparuhov Bridge

Is bungee jumping on your bucket list? If so you can tick that off with a visit to the Asparuhov Bridge.

If you’re looking for something crazy fun to do while here, why not try bungee jumping on the Asparuhov bridge? The jumps are organized by the extreme club , who have been doing this for 25 years! The bridge is 52 meters high and 2km long, above a canal.

Water Fun at Wake Park Varna
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Water Fun at Wake Park Varna

Wake Park Varna is the best wakeboard cable park in the city. is a great place to learn how to wakeboard. They have the facilities needed and provide all the equipment so all you need to do is enjoy this incredible experience. Best part? You get a discount with Varna City Card.

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is another great option! It offers entertainment sailing cruises on their gorgeous ship (summer season only) from Varna to the northern Bulgarian Black-sea coast.

Prefer the romantic cruise? You can go on a stroll in the sea at sunset. With a glass of champagne in hand and the sound of pleasant background music, you can enjoy the lights of the city at night with someone really special. With Varna City Card you get 16 BGN off!

Now that you know about some of the best things you can do in Varna all you need to do is head down to the Sea Capital of Bulgaria and join in on all the fun.