With a dash of golden sand and a shimmer of azure blue, Varna city breaks couldn’t be a more enticing prospect. The city on the Black Sea is home to a string of famous beaches with warm mineral-rich waters, a healthy nightlife and live music scene, and much more. Head to the southeast of the city to see Varna’s well-preserved Roman baths, which date from when the city was known as Odessus under ancient Roman rule. For a more modern cultural hit, wander around the centrally located, family-friendly Sea Garden. It’s said to be the Balkans’ largest landscaped garden, and is home to an open-air theatre, the Natural Science Museum, Naval Museum, Copernicus Astronomy Complex and Planetarium and the Terrarium zoo.
Foodies will enjoy the Mediterranean and traditional Bulgarian dishes at the city’s many restaurants – particularly along the coast – while night owls on city breaks to Varna will find bars, clubs and live music venues to enjoy. Varna’s compact, walkable city centre is packed with historic churches and monuments, while other interesting sights are within easy reach by bus or car, including the Euxinograd Palace and winery just a few kilometres away. Whether it’s spending time at those beautiful beaches or learning about its fascinating culture and history, you’ll never have a dull moment on a city break to Varna.
Visit Varna Archaeological Museum and marvel at the gold of Varna. The museum displays the oldest gold artefacts ever discovered, which date from 4600 BC.
The Sea Garden
These pretty coastal gardens, which date back to the 19th century, are great for balmy afternoon walks. Explore the museums and attractions that sit in the grounds, too.
Roman bathing spots
In the south of city are the well-preserved Roman Thermae. While you can’t use the baths yourself, it offers a fascinating glimpse into Roman leisure time.