The Bulgarian city of Varna is the third largest in the country and as such provides the city atmosphere within a slightly smaller, more easily navigated than cities such as Sofia and Plovdiv. Based near the sea, Varna is one of the country’s most popular university destinations, and as such has a thriving cultural scene. The city is perhaps one of the best to visit in Bulgaria for a mixed experience; the combination of being a large cosmopolitan area with a university is great for a city break, while the port location provides something a little different to the more central areas.
The roads within and surrounding the city are of an average to good condition, meaning that a hatchback will provide comfort whilst being nippy enough to travel around the city roads.
Driving in Varna
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Important things to note
Varna is well connected to some of the surrounding countries. There are several connecting motorways to both Romania and Turkey.
Much of the central area of the city is pedestrianized, meaning drivers should aim to park on the outskirts of the city centre and either walk or commute into the city itself.
Many of the tourist areas are on the suburbs of the city, making a car an essential tool for travelling around and discovering more attractions off the beaten track.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Varna Archaeological Museum is nothing short of fascinating. Work is being carried out by the museums staff on a constant basis, with some of the highlights including the Gold of Varna, the oldest treasure to be found in the world.
Families should be sure to visit the Varna Aquarium which offers a different experience to most others. While the likes of tropical sea life are homed here, there is a focus on the Black Sea and its fauna and life forms, meaning a trip here is different to any other aquarium in the world.
The Sea Garden is a huge park with a great amount of history behind it as the oldest park of the area. Along with containing everything you’d expect in a public park, there is also a zoo and terrarium, making it a great day time destination.
Extreme sports are incredibly popular in the city, making it a great place to visit if you enjoy thrill seeking. The Asparuhox Most Bridge is the place to be for a truly amazing bungee jumping experience: at 50m high, it’s a truly exhilarating experience.
Varna Airport is based only 8km west of the city centre, making commutes to and from the airport relatively easy, though traffic should be accounted for. It can be reached via the E70 highway.
The airport is served both nationally and internationally, and as such is of a reasonably busy nature. Several major airlines serve the airport from across Europe and some budget airlines, too.