Discover Varna

Wondering what to see in Varna? Want to get your hands on the tastiest foods, or dance the night away? Check out our guides to Varna’s best spots.

Top 6 hidden gems+bonus

Want to see the real Varna? Here are some of our favourite hidden gems to add to your list of must-see spots while you’re here. Take a few extra days after Innowave Summit 2018 and live Varna like a local.

Central beach and seaside alley

Another great place to stroll along, the central sea alley consists of several kilometers of pedestrian zone, starting from the community pool and reaching until the fourth breakwater. The central beach, the seaside alley and the belonging sea baths have been built in the 20th century. Today, baths have been reorganized and you can find a whole lot of restaurants, bars and clubs that complement the large and wide beach area. You will be very nice surprised seeing wild swans swimming or just walking on the beach very close to the people.

Galata panorama

A hidden gem in the crown of Varna, the panoramic balcony on the way to Galata is a place that you can’t afford to miss – especially when it’s lit up at night. It has the most breathtaking view of Varna.The spot uncovers one of the most magnificent, breathtaking views to the city. It’s pleasant to visit both during the day when you can see all of the city and the beach area until St. St. Constantine and Helena, and in the evening, when you can watch the lights of the city and the calm, monotonous sea movement. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you – the panoramic area is a preferred location for taking pictures.

The Stone Forest

The Stone Forest is a unique natural phenomenon, also known as the Petrified Forest – a name that completely corresponds to the reality. It is a captivating assembly of stone columns, towering up to 10m, hollow or solid cylinders or cut cones, varying in shape and size rock blocks and a lot of rock pieces, shattered throughout the entire complex. There are various different hypotheses for the origin of the stone forest: that they used to be the sea bottom, that they have an organic origin, that they were biogenic seaweed buildings, that they formed around natural springs with a large gas content, or even that they were created by aliens

Aladzha Monastery

Aladzha Monastery is the most famous medieval cave monastery complex in the Bulgarian Black Sea region, inhabited by hermit monks in 13 – 14th century. The monastery caves were hewn on two levels into an almost 40 meters high limestone rock. The monastery church, the monastic cells, the dining premise and the kitchen are situated on the first level, as well as a small cemetery church, the crypt (bone-vault) and the economic premises. The second level represents a natural rock bay in whose East end the monastery chapel is built.

The Roman Baths (Thermae)

The Roman Thermae of Odessos are the third biggest in Europe and the biggest on the Balkans. The thermae used to function almost one century, till the end of the 3rd century and besides as a place of hygiene, they used to play the role of a peculiar club for business meetings and sport activities. Passing through spacious halls creating a natural barrier for the cold air, the visitors of the baths used to enter a big hall called palestra. Highly attractive even today is the heating system connected with the double floor and the special cavities leading the warm air to the roof structure of the Thermae.

Euxinograd Palace

Originally built to be the summer residence of King Alexander I Batenberg during 1881 – 1885. Includes several artistic buildings, a cellar, greenhouses, a clocktower and a spacious park. Nowadays the palace is a government and state residence, but is still accessible for visits of groups of minimum 10 people with pre-booking and a maximum attendance time limit of an hour and a half.

Bonus gem
Festa Dolphinarium, Varna

Conveniently located in the Sea Garden of Varna, the dolphinarium is unique for Bulgaria. Visitors can enjoy a marvelous dolphin show, held simultaneously in four languages: Bulgarian, German, Russian and English.