Varna Roof Tops

{Travel Diary}

Varna is a very special seaside town for me in Bulgaria. It’s the place where I spent my student years and I can talk about it for ages.

Last year I showed a bit of my favourite Bulgarian town and some of its loveliest beach bars. If you’ve missed, check the post here. This year I’d like to show you Varna from a bit different angle.

This year we stayed at the Black Sea hotel (in Bulgarian: Cherno More). It’s currently been refurbished and some of the floors are not open for guests. Luckily, we had the chance to stay at the 13th floor and enjoy an amazing view over the town. The 4* hotel has the best location on one of the main squares and just a thrown away from the beach and its bars on the sand. If you’re in Varna for the first time, you can’t get lost, simply because you’re able to see the hotel from anywhere.

Varna from eye

Varna from  a bird’s eye

The main square

The main square

Beautiful streets

Beautiful streets

One of the churches in Varna

One of the churches in Varna

Hidden oasis

Hidden oasis

The sea regatta

The sea regatta

Curious guest at the balcony

Curious guest at the balcony

Varna is the main Bulgarian port and is a normal working city, not a summer time resort only. It’s a working town and has a few universities, which makes it busy all year around, though in the summer is way more exciting. You can understand why I’m in love with it since my students years and cried so much when I was leaving it. 😉

Fun Fact: The view from our balcony was showing us the docks of Varna – where scenes of The Expendables 3 were filmed. See the location here.

The day of Varna is being celebrated on 15 of August, which due to the Orthodox church is the day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.  Totally unintended, we caught that day and managed to see lots of celebrations around the central part and the sea garden. There were lots live performances, especially for kids; a gallery exhibition on the pedestrial part of the main street, music and fireworks.

We enjoyed the view from the hotel, only that I was too scared to stay on the balcony and had a sneak view from behind Robert’s shoulder.

The Day of Varna, The Assumption of Virgin Mary

The Day of Varna, The Assumption of Virgin Mary

Day Time
There is a lot to do during the day in Varna. You can have a walk through the beautiful sea garden, which is the longest seaside park in the Balkans, and enjoy fabulous views over the Black Sea. If you like sunbathing with a mojito or a cold beer, then head to one of the many beach bars. You’ll be able to relax on a sun lounge digging your feet in the sand. You can spend a whole day in one of the few shopping centers. If you like cultural sightseeing, don’t forget to visit the The Cathedral of the Dormition of Mary or one of the museums in Varna:

Walking around Varna during the day

Walking around Varna during the day

Lunch time with a glass of red wine

Lunch time with a glass of red wine

Night Time
There is even more to do in the evenings. Along the sea garden and the coast line, there are plenty of restaurant with fresh fish and Bulgarian cousin. You can chose night clubs with a whole variety of music, or just stay at the beach bar you’ve been sunbathing during the day. Most of them have a DJ or live band in the evenings and the atmosphere changes into a cool relaxed summer vibe.

Bar Cubo - evening at the beach

Bar Cubo – evening at the beach

One of the evenings, my friends took us to the Pench’s Bar. They are a Guinness World Record holder for  the most cocktails available on the menu. Be careful how many of them you try though! 😉

Penchis Cocktail Bar Varna

Penchis Cocktail Bar Varna

As I mentioned at the beginning – I can talk about Varna a lot. Next year I’ll show you some more! 🙂