Cars & driving
Wine & Dine
Summer at the beach and winter at the Spa centres
PFOHE MALL is situated in Varna, 201 „Slivnitsa” blvd, in the immediate vicinity of the large shopping center Mr. Bricolage, Piccadilly – Mladost. It has a central location, easily accessible by means of public transport. Allmost all of the bus routes stop in front of the two main entrances of the MALL. This makes it the most suitable business area in the sea capital.
The mall features a variety of clothes stores, including Kenvelo, Mexx, Tom Tailor, Sisley, Playlife, many showrooms, sport stores, jewelry shops. Casino, bowling, coffee shop, pizza and fast food restaurant are at visitors’ disposal.
MALL VARNA is located on the junction of Boulevards Vladislav Varnenchik & Hristo Smirnenski.The city has an extensive bus network stopping near the Mall. The bus station is 1.5 km from the city centre.
The mall features a great selection of famous fashion wear, sportswear and homewares to suit all tastes and for the finishing touches, a stylish range of accessories and jewellery. There is a mouthwatering choice of places to eat and relax in the food court. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing cup of coffee or snack or to just sit and watch the world go by. And for lunching and dining opportunities affordable family restaurants are nearby: KFC, Burger King, McDonald’s, McCafe, Subway, Jimmy’s, Coffee Republic. The entertainment facilities include: 3D cinema theatre Arena cinema, Excalibur bowling, ice rink and unique hi-tech games
There are also another 3 shopping malls under construction.
Bulgaria is known as the “Jewel of the Balkans” and is a country of beautiful, unspoilt scenery, with miles of golden sandy beaches. It is rich in tradition and culture with beachside resorts offering relaxing holidays by the Black Sea followed by great nightlife in bars and restaurants dotted along the coastline.
Varna has been more and more attractive for the tourist attractions and recreation activities it offers. These are some of the main factors which drive the property interest towards our town. Have a closer look into the various entertainment opportunities in the different parts of Varna – you may be surprised by the variety of locations and attractions. Without any doubt the main summer attractions are the sea and the sandy beaches.
Some of the best-known resorts near Varna are Golden Sands, St.St.Constantine and Helena, and Albena.
GOLDEN SANDS is the largest resort on the northern black sea coast. It is located 17 km north of Varna. The holiday eden deserves to be called “the pearl” of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast thanks to its unique park, the cool freshness of the woods, the vast stretch of fine golden sand. It combines uniquely calm and clean sea, rich vegetation in a park of 8 000 ha and curative mineral springs. The beach strip is 3,5 km long and up to 100 m wide.
Golden Sands has breathtaking scenery, superb and picturesque beaches, clean sea, sun and mineral springs, and offers excellent holiday conditions with lots of entertainment, sports and new encounters. The beach strip is 3.5 km long and up to 100 m wide. Bask in the sun from May through October. Summers are not too hot thanks to the mild sea breeze. The average air temperature in July and August is 27C, water temperature is 24C.
Bulgaria’s oldest seaside resort – ST. ST. CONSTANTINE AND HELENA is only 8 km north of Varna. It is small and secluded and offers excellent opportunities to rest and relax in peace and quiet.The little base and fine beaches of fine sand are ideal for underwater diving and fishing. Today there exists many reasons to visit this resort; the specific microclimate with a high concentration of soothing lightweight negative ions; the perfect harmony of the sea breeze at an altitude of 25 meters, cool, bracing air, the scent of century old fig, cypress and lime trees, and the abundance of mineral springs. The winter comes but what of it – the sea is charming even during this season.
ALBENA is located in a picturesque bay in the north part of Bulgarian Black Sea Riviera. It is a fairy tale place where you will be in a full harmony with nature. The sea water here is crystal clean. The sea is with shallow bottom and the beach strip is 7 km long and 150 m wide. Albena is surrounded by the deep vegetation of Baltata hill Preservation. The nature here has been preserved from the encroachments of the civilization and treasures some very rare plants and animals.One of Albena’s latest acquisitions is the Maastricht Hotel, which houses the Dutch Hotel Management School. Albena is a Blue Flag winning resort, located in a picturesque and ecologically clean gulf on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, famous for its flower gardens.
In Varna there are many stadiums, municipal sports fields and municipal swimming pools, and the Palace of Culture and Sports (sports events, sports classes, fitness).
Football is the biggest spectator sport with two rival clubs in the nation’s top professional league, Cherno More (the Sailors), founded in 1913 and four times national champion, including the first championship in 1925, and Spartak (the Falcons), founded in 1918, one time champion and participant in the UEFA Cup in 1983, when it reached the second knockout round and played English Manchester United.
In the late 1800s, Varna was considered the birthplace of Bulgarian football with a Swiss gym teacher coaching the first varsity team at the men’s high school. In February 2007, the city decided to replace its antiquated 1950′s municipal stadium with a new arena according to UEFA/FIFA specifications . The new venue will seat 30,000 (40,000 for concerts including standing room). Another state-of the-art track-and-field stadium with a capacity of 5,000 seats and training halls for professional and public use will open in the Mladost district in 2009 to compensate for the lost track-and-field capacity of old Varna stadium.
Men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, gymnastics, boxing, martial arts, and sailing are also vibrant. The 4.5-km swimmimg marathon Cape Galata-Varna is a popular venue. Varna hosts international competitions, including world championships, and national events in several sports on a regular basis, including auto racing and motocross. Bulgarian national basketball and volleyball teams host their games, including Volleyball World Cup games, at the Palace of Sports, the country’s largest arena. Currently (2007), three 18-hole golf courses of professional quality are being developed north of the city in the vicinity of Balchik and Kavarna, with more to come. A hippodrome with a horseback riding school is located in the Vinitsa neighborhood, and Asparuhov most is the foremost bungee jumping spot in the nation due to the local Club Adrenalin.
In early August 2007, a new municipal sports complex with fields for football tips , basketball and volleyball was opened as a part of a larger complex of sports facilities, mini-golf, tennis, biking alleys, mini-lakes and ice-skating rinks in the district of Mladost. Smaller municipal fields opened in the Sea Garden, Asparuhov Val Park, and elsewhere; the municipal Olympic-size swimming pool complex was rebuilt also in 2007, and the first segment of a bike lane to connect the Sea Garden with the westernmost residential districts was completed outside City Hall. Paying tribute to the golf course development mania, the mayor vowed to build a free municipal driving range in the district of Asparuhovo. The new urban general plan (under discussion in early 2008) envisages a large public amateur sports complex south of Lake Varna and a ski run with artificial snow covering.
Varna athletes won 4 of the 12 medals for Bulgaria at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
There are quite a few ice skating rinks in Varna. The biggest one was recently opened in Varna. The size of the rink is about 800 sq. m. and has 200 seats. The rink works all-year-round as the special cover of the facility allows functioning even at 40°C temperature.
In Varna city the swimming sport is well developed. Apart from the many swimming pools in the nearby resorts, the biggest one in town is the open-air Olympic swimming pool Primorski. It is specially equipped for disabled persons and has a stand for 500 spectators. There you may also find a Spa centre for your relaxation.
The Beautiful Bulgarian Black Sea Coast has to offer everything you might have ever dreamt about: an abundance of golden sand beaches kissed by warm, clean and safe sea waters awaiting to caress you; rich fertile soils to grow the most delicious fruit and vegetables you have ever tasted in your lifetime; excellent golf courses for keen golfers along the sea front; a wealth of historical and cultural heritage to explore; unique traditions, dances and musical rhythms to discover; un-spoilt landscapes and rapid rivers. In other words, Bulgaria is the perfect destination for your – summer/ hunting/ fishing/ adventure/ relaxed/ seaside/ heritage holidays. And that’s not all! You can OWN a piece of Bulgarian beauty and adventures by simply acquiring a property in Bulgaria! Bulgarian land developers and investment consultants boast affordable prices, excellent rental potential and steady returns on investment. So, while dreaming, come to explore and discover the endless opportunities magnificent Bulgaria can offer you.
Golf courses near varna
Golf Course 1 – Black Sea Rama
Course Design By: Gary Player
Golf Course 2 – Lighthouse Golf Resort
Course Design By: Ian Woosnam
Golf Course 3 – Thracian Cliffs – Golf & SPA
Course Design By: Gary Player
Golf Course 4 – The Royal Oakwood
Course Design By: Frank O’Dowd
Golf Course 5 – Aphrodite Hills
Course Design By: Frank O’Dowd
Like a tourist city Varna has many tourists agenices that offer complex services not only to groups but to individual tourists also. If you want to reserve a hotel or arrange other details of your stay for the holidays it is advisable to contact them in advance. In this way you will find what you seek within the highest possible choice. The agencies offer not only ready standard round trips in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula, but also tailor-made programmes which can suite to all clients’ specific travel plans. They arrange combined trips in the countries from the Balkan Peninsula – Romania, Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Macedonia, and in many countries all over the world. All provided services are of highest standard and can cover even the most extraordinary requirements.
Some agencies specialize in hobby itineraries and outdoor activities as hiking, trekking horseback riding, mountain biking, white-water rafting, kayaking, yachting, ornithological and botanical tours.
For all tourists eager to learn more about Bulgarian history, culture and traditions, some agencies offer theme tour programmes, focused in different fields of interests: Archaeology, Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage, Folklore Festivals, Music and Theatre Events, etc.
The ORIENT EXPRESS is the name of a long-distance passenger train originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Its route has changed many times, and several routes have in the past concurrently used the name (or slight variants thereof). Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most intimately associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the service.
The current Orient Express does not serve Paris or Istanbul. Its immediate predecessor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna ran for the very last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. Since then, the route, still called the “Orient Express”, has been shortened to start from Strasbourg instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much faster travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service leaves Strasbourg at 22.20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and is attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna.
VARNA SEAPORT is built near the port “Varna East”, which is situated on the west coast of the Varna bay. On the west side of the port there is a breakwater. The Varna Seaport is situated on the inner side of that breakwater. The Seaport was built in 1968, when the half kilometre quay walls were raised. Varna Seaport handles cargo ships, cruise ships and passenger ships.
In becoming a stop along Black Sea cruises, the port city of Varna – located on Bulgaria’s northern Black Sea coasts, expects a growing income of tourists. Over 60 cruise ships visited the city in 2008.
The transit cruise ships will have stopovers in Varna for eight hours only, but this will benefit tourism enormously, according to the Veleri Kitanov, manager of the Morska Gara Varna, the port’s passenger terminal.
The cruises with stopovers in Varna will pass by the port cities of Istanbul (Turkey), Odessa and Sevastopol (the Ukraine) and Constanţa (Romania).
A total of 24 cruise ships will pass by Varna in 2009 year, with the first one expected to arrive on April 7. The first cruise tourists will come from the US, Canada and the UK.
The Norwegian Jade ship, operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line company, which is expected to dock at Varna’s port on October 7, is the subject of enormous interest, according to Kitanov. It will be the first time the Morska Gara Varna passenger terminal welcomes such a big ship, with 2,000 passengers aboard. The ship, which has an approximate length of 300 metres, will have to lie at anchor at the roadstead, as it is too big for the port’s quay.
There are many firms that offer taxi services in Varna. You can arrange a taxi to take you from any address, bus stop or even in the street by calling to the appropriate telephones from any public or personal phone.
All firms charge day fees and after 9 pm slightly higher night fees. Currently the day fee is about £0.43 (0.89 leva) per kilometer and the night fee is about £0.48 (0.99 leva)
Some taxi companies you can call are:
Viva Taxi, (052) 755 555, mob: 087 875 57 55, 088 775 57 55, 089 775 57 55
Three Group, (052) 33 33 33, mob: 087 864 00 00, 089 864 00 00, 088 664 00 64, 088 333 00 33
Omega Trans Taxi, (052) 38 88 88, mob: 087 838 88 88, 088 838 88 88, 089 838 88 88
Pontea Taxi, (052) 300 300, (052) 335 335, 088 633 53 35, 089 933 53 35, 087 833 53 35
There are numerous rent-a-car companies in Varna. Information is also available at hotels and tourist agencies.
They offer the newest vehicles at the Bulgarian car hire market. You may rent a car, SUV, van or limousine for driving in Bulgaria and abroad at the best prices. You can choose from Opel, Chevrolet, VW, Citroen, Renault, Daewoo, Seat, Ford, Astra, Zafira, Vivaro, Toyota Land Cruiser and Avensis, Mercedes, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Nisan, etc.
All prices are in Euro and do not include 20% VAT and fuel. Prices vary from € 16 to € 70 per day. This includes: unlimited mileage, full insurance, paid all required taxes, 24/7 emergency phone line, free of charge delivery from 06.00 till 22.00.
Some Rent-a-car companies you can contact are:
Top Rent A Car, 17 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd., (052) 601 353
Rent A Car 5, Varna Airport, 088 814 53 44
Rent A Car Varna, 089 567 14 50
Cars and Driving
Wearing seatbelts is compulsory.
Drive on the right and overtake on the left.
The speed limits are 120 km/h on motorways, 90km/h outside populated areas and 50 km/h in the towns and villages. There are petrol stations about every 30-50 km out of town. Roads are generally poorly maintained, especially in rural areas.
On-the-spot fines are in operation for offences such as speeding, drink driving and not producing the correct documentation. In case of breakdown, dial 146 for the Road Assistance Service. Driving at night is not recommended – hazards are possible, include poor lighting and road markings, potholes and horse-drawn carts.
Signs on international motorways are in Cyrillic and Roman letters.
Car insurance is compulsory, it can be arranged before you arrive or at the border if you enter the country by car. Foreign driving licences are valid in Bulgaria, so you can use your existing licence providing you also have an International Driving Permit (IDP). Valid for 12 months, the IDP is recognised internationally and allows you to drive without further bureaucracy (with a valid licence) – more information at: http://www.theaa.com/getaway/idp/ Those staying in Bulgaria for over 12 months will need to replace their existing licence with a Bulgarian licence.
Petrol filling stations with all types of fuels used as well as gas stations are to be found everywhere. The price of a letre petrol, for 19th March 2009, is 1.73 leva (~£0.83). Diesel is sold for 1.83 leva (~£0.88) and gas can be bought at a price of 0.78 leva (~£0.38).
Bulgaria recently introduced a user-pays system for all roads. If you drive to Bulgaria, you will need to purchase a ‘vignette’, available at the border when you enter the country. Vignettes for a passenger car cost 67 leva (~£ 32.25) for a year, 25 leva (~£ 12.03) for a month or 10 leva (~£ 4.81) for a week and cover you for travel on all roads. Police check vignettes and issue an on-the-spot fine of 1,000 lev (€500) for vehicles without one or with a vignette that has expired.
Varna has a public transport network of buses, mini-bus and trolleys which run from 5 am to 11 pm. Tariffs are favourable – 1 lv (~£0.48), for Varna, and tickets are purchased from ticket sellers on board. You should keep your ticket mini-buses on the general lines in service after 11 pm in summer time.
- #409 Aksakovo – Varna Airport – Vl. Varnenchik Blvd – Bus terminal – Varna Cathedral – Dolphinarium – St.Constantine resort – Golden Sands resort;
- #14 Vladislavovo housing estate – Slivnitsa Blvd – Central Bazaar – Varna Cathedral – University of Economics – Dolphinarium – “Pochivka” bus-stop;
- #31 Railway Station – Varna Cathedral – Saedinenie square – Vinitza quarter;
- #8,108 Varna Cathedral – St. Constantine resort;
- #9,109 Varna Cathedral – St. Constantine resort – Golden Sands; #309 Railway station – Primorski blvd – University of Economics – Golden Sands resort;
- #22, 41 Vladislavodo estate – Bus Station – Varna Cathedral – Railway station.
Bulgaria hosts an annual long-distance bicycle ride, and its paved roads are well suited to cross country cycling. There are many roadside cafes to stop for refreshment, plus roadside springs, providing clean, cold water. Again, it is worth learning the Cyrillic alphabet in order to understand road signs.
Biking in Varna is an adventurous experience which gives you the chance to explore the lesser known corners of this beautiful city the best way possible: on two wheels and close to nature in the open air, on the road. The best place to ride your bicycle is the Sea Garden and the esplanade.
Wine & Dine
Varna’s most popular luxurious and offering special cuisine restaurants are: the Indian Maharany Restaurant, Rappongi and Villa Burov with fish specialties in the menu, the Siver Gormet, the Moussala Restaurant with a Viennise Cafe, the Paraklisa (the Chapel) restaurant with Bulgarian cuisine, Happy Bar and Grill chain, Acant Rouge offering French cuisine, Pri Kose offering Portugal and Spanish dishes, Japanese restaurant Sazae, Turkish restaurant Orient, the Italian Dolce Vita, the Russian Russia restaurant and many Chinese restaurants. For those who prefer cooking for themselves there is a large chain of supermarkets with non-stop or regular working hours.
There are a lot of beer houses, fast food, pizza and pastry shops, snack-bars that offer typically Bulgarian snacks such as banitsa (sheeted pastries), cheese buns, dough nuts, boza (soft drink made of millet), and others.
There are a great number of canteens, especially along the beach and in the Sea Garden Park where fish and seafood are offered. Every day one can buy freshly caught fish from the local fishermen at the sea station.
If you would just prefer to go out for a drink, there are lovely pubs, such as the Irish O’Neills or the English Three Lions, and cocktail bars like the African style house club Makalali or The Martini Bar offering a large selection of drinks, that can satisfy even the most
sophisticated and capricious tastes.
There are about ten cinemas functioning in Varna. Some of the best are in the city centre and Varna Mall’s Arena. The best place to go is to the Arena cinema halls. They are very comfortable and feature high-class digital projectors and audio systems, central air conditioning with microprocessor and remote control. At the same spot you may go at the XD Theater
There are two places in Varna where you can play bowling. These are the Galaxy Bowling, located in Phohe Mall and the Excalibur Bowling at the Varna Mall.
Summer at the beach and winter at the Spa centres
The city offers a fine beach and a better insight into everyday life in Bulgaria. It is not only the fantastic place to sunbathe but also good for its animated seafront promenade. Varna Beach is a long stretch of excellent sand with clean, calm water ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Cosmopolitan Varna is known as the summer capital of Bulgaria. The holiday nightlife by the sea offers an authentically Bulgarian choice of lively bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
During the summer season, the waterfront promenade is lined by a string of beach clubs offering a vibrant scene of rock, hip-hop, Bulgarian and American-style pop, techno, greek music and chalga (oriental type of music). In October 2006, The Independent dubbed Varna Europe’s new funky-town, the good-time capital of Bulgaria. It enjoys a nationwide reputation for its rock and hip-hop artists and related events such as July Morning, international rock and hip-hop (including graffiti) venues.
Winter spa holidays in Varna are popular thanks to the city’s hot mineral springs. Imagine a place where you can escape from the daily routine, stress and physical pressure, place for relaxation, for revitalization and balancing of body and soul. A place for those who wish a unique experience, ensured by first class cosmetic procedures in elegant and exquisite interior, relaxation music, highly qualified therapists and professional SPA equipment of leading brands in the field.
Especially for the children, and not only, Attraction Park Aquapolis is the most beautiful water park in Eastern Europe. It is the first of its kind in Bulgaria, established in a unique Mauritian Mediterranean style. The facility is located in the northwestern section of Golden Sands resort, on the main road from ‘Riviera’ tourist resort to Albena resort. The water park is situated in the forest, sporting a unique sea-view and the whole holiday complex. Established on an area of 40 000 square meters, it combines a natural park environment with a series of artificially created elements – pools, water slides, Jacuzzi, fountains and waterfalls, ancient towers and ruins.