Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria, an important administrative, regional, industrial, commercial, educational and cultural centre. Varna is known worldwide as the Bulgarian Black sea capital.

varna_plag1It is the gem of the Black Sea, situated in North-Eastern Bulgaria, 465 km to the East of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Varna lies on the same latitude of the famous Medditerenean resorts Bayonne and Biarritz in France, on a large, flat and high terrace on the northwesternmost curve of Varna Bay, which juts some 7 km inland with a convenient and well conserved water area. Varna’s peculiar sea charm and strategic geographical position has attracted foreign interest since the very remote past. Ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern cultures mingle and coexist throughout the city.

In July and August the sunshine allows 10-11 hours of sunbathing. There is nothing of the cold Baltic wind or the summer Riviera heat. The sea is amazingly calm and free of dangerous tides, animal and plant species.

Apart from being a beach resort, Varna rivals the great cities of Sofia and Plovdiv, in social life offering all-year-round cultural events, festivals and attractions. There are numerous historical buildings, museums and art galleries. It also provides access to some of the quieter scenic spots along the coast, including the nature reserve of Kamchiya, the royal palace of Balchik and the rock monastery of Aladja.

cape_galataVarna has modern balneotherapy facilities which can help you unwind and enjoy the many sights and sounds in peace.

The Seaside Park of Varna is the biggest park of the city perfect for taking a walk while enjoying the clean and fresh sea air.

Varna is a famous spa and wellness centre as well. It has been a maritime resort of national significance since 1950.

There are 12 mineral springs in Varna region. The water is slightly mineralized with high temperature amplitude and high total flow capacity. Another natural healing-prophylactic factor is the firth mud from the Varna Firth Lake, whose physical and chemical composition is very close to that in those of Pomorie and Tuzlata.

The combination of favourable natural factors provides great conditions for prophylaxis and medical treatment of numerous diseases. Very popular is the application of spa and medical treatment, mud medication, sand medication, lye treatment, solar treatment and sea baths.

The spacous beaches, sea water, together with the mineral water and peloids transform Varna into a a centre for healing prophylaxis and recreation.

Varna Becomes “Bulgaria’s Best City to Live in” for Second Year in a Row

November 18th, 2008

27 October 2008, Monday, by

Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna won the competition for “Bulgaria’s Best City to Live in”, which is organized by the National Darik Radio and the 24 Chasa Daily.

The Bulgarian “Black Sea capital” won the first place with 276 points total. The country’s second largest city of Plovdiv was ranked second with 272 points. The medieval capital Veliko Turnovo made it to third position with 268 points.

In addition to the main award, this year’s competition featured also four additional awards. The city of Plovdiv was awarded the “Culture City” prize, the capital Sofia got the “Business City” award, Veliko Turnovo was declared “The Most Beautiful City”, and the town of Teteven received the “Eco-Town” award.

A total of 40 Bulgarian cities and towns were included into the competition. They were ranked according to 44 different criteria including demographic growth, architecture, airport access, Internet access at public spots, sunny days, suicides, air quality, administrative services, etc.

In the first edition of the competition in 2007, Varna was ranked first again, followed by Veliko Turnovo, and Plovdiv.