Varna Black Sea coast Kavarna Black Sea Coast Gabrovo Balkan Rila mountain Western Rhodopes Pirin region Sofia region Zapadni pokrainini (Western districts) Viskyarsko-Konyarski massif Western Sredna Gora South Black Sea Coast Sliven Balkan region Vratsa Balkan region Bourgas Black Sea Coast Western Gorna Trakya Pleven region Strandja region Montana region Vidin region Ludogorie region Silistra region Teteven Balkan region Eastern Rhodopes Eastern Gorna Trakya Central Stara Planina mountain Rousse region Veliko Turnovo region Eastern Stara planina Shoumen region Central Rhodopes Dobrich region Sredna Gora mountain Sakar mountain Yambol region Karnobat region Elena Balkan
Bulgaria is divided into 36 regions according to their major characteristics.

The regions of Southern Black Sea coast, Bourgas, Varna and Northern Black Sea coast offer excellent conditions for sea tourism and practicing water sports.

The opportunities for winter vacations and winter sports are great in Central Rhodopes, Pirin, Rila, Gabrovo region.

Country-, mountain- and eco tourism are developed in the mountains. Bulgaria is rich in cultural and archeological sights and offers opportunities for cultural tourism all over its territory.

The abundance of curative mineral springs in the country is concentrated in the regions of Central Rhodopes, Sredna gora, Vratsa Balkan, Varna Black Sea coast and Pirin.

Each region has unique culture and traditions, but they are all combined by the warm Bulgarian hospitality - an irresistible invitation to visit them!


Good to know about Balchik:

Balchik (about 12 350 population) is a charming town, located 47 km north of Varna city. It is like an amphitheatre on the very seashore. The Royal Palace, the Botanical garden, the churches, the Museum of History together with many other attractions make Balchik one of the most visited resorts on the Black sea coast.

The Balchik port played an important role in the town's development, being the third sea-side port in terms of significance after the ones in Varna and Burgas.

The unique nature and the ancient history make the today's romantic charm of Balchik - a constant source of inspiration for artists, poets and artists.

The official name of the palace was the Quiet Nest Palace. It was constructed between 1926 and 1937, during the Romanian rule of the region, for the needs of Queen Maria of Romania.

Attracted by the beauty and the romanticism of the seaside town, inspired by the centuries-old trees, the wild flowers and the bird species in the region,Queen Maria of Romania selected Balchik to build her summer residence.

The palace complex consists of a number of residential villas, a smoking hall, a wine cellar, a power station, a monastery, a holy spring, a chapel and many other buildings, as well as most notably a park that is today a state-run botanical garden.

In 1955 the Balchik Botanical Garden was established at the place of the palace's park. It has an area of 65,000 m2 and accommodates 2000 plant species. One of the garden's main attractions is the collection of large-sized cactus species arranged outdoors on 1000 m2.

Where to go in Balchik area:

The mussels farm "Dalboka" north of Kavarna town and about 20 km north from Balchik town.
The restaurant itself is located just on the sea shore between Kavarna town and a small village, named Balgarevo. It offers seafood and great mussels from a farm, which you can see from your table, while enjoying the picturesque nature.

Due to the popularity of the mussels farm Dalboka , it is highly recommended not to go there without having booked a table in advance. Otherwise, you will enjoy the views only, but not the food.


For bookings: +359 878911377 or +359 895512025 (English speaking)

"BM Korona" Restaurant in Balchik is a restaurant not to be missed, not only because it is just 5 steps away from the sea shore, but because it is surrounded by history, beauty and calmness, which makes it a wonderful place to enjoy a dinner with friends and family. Wherever you turn an astonishing view reveals the vast sea, the unique charm of the Botanical garden and the exotic palace of the Romanian queen. As a brand of the BM restaurant Chain, established in 1997 year, this cozy place opened doors at June 2007 and will definitely surprise its guests with a list of selected receipts from the Bulgarian and European cuisine, giving particular attention t the sea specialties and the salads, always fresh and tempting. As a bonus come the sunset and the white curtains decorating the Roman marbel columns.

Opening time: 09:00 - 23:00
For reservations: 00359 878 939 999
Address: near the entrance of the Palace of Balchik ("Dambata" alley)

Kavatzi Restaurant in Balchik town - if you have choosen Balchik as a holiday destination or just want to spend a nice time during the weekends, this restaurant will welcome you with a delicious lunch or just a cup of coffee. The ourdoor terrace goes into the sea and opens a calming view towards the yacht port and the Balchik bay.

Opening time: 08:00 - 23:30
Contacts: 00359 887 89 01 61
Address: Kavatzi Area, 22 Primorska street

El Simpatico Restaurant in Balchik town located in Marina City complex with a view towards the yacht harbour. Furnished with maritime design, the restaurant offers a Mediterranean and Bulgarian cuisine.

For reservations: 00359 898 603 840
Address: Primorska street


Supermarkets in Balchik:

The biggest and well supplied food and drinks shops are located in Balik residential are in Balchik town. These are - "Akvilon", "Lidl", "ABC Market", the perfect place to make the weekend shopping. In close proximity there is a small fruit and vegetable market where you will find organic food and very often - home produced goods, which are distinguished by its unbelievable taste.

Balchik Bus Station:

There is regular bus service from Balchik to Varna city, Dobrich town, Albena resort which is a great convenince for those who stay in the villa areas between Albena resort and Balchik town, as it ensures a regular transportation.

Address: 8 Dunav Street, Balchik town
Contacts: 00359 893 590 060


Good to know about Varna:

Varna is one of the oldest and most beautiful Bulgarian cities. Stretching along the Bay of Varna, with a total length of over 11 km, the city reveals splendid views towards the sea and the Varna canal. For centuries, this was a great and beautiful city to live in. Starting as early as the Ancient Greeks, this place has lured many, not only drawn by the sea, but also by the richness of the land, the great number of forests, miles long sandy beaches and of course the friendliness of the people.

Keeping the city young and always up to date are the thousands students in Varna. The city has five universities and two colleges, which alone make a total number of over 60 000 young people. Laying down at the beach, shopping, or dancing till the break of dawn - what ever you choose to do in Varna it will be cheap, unforgettable, fun and exciting.

A religious temple for the citizens, a must-see for the tourists, the Cathedral of the Holy Mother beyond any doubt is one of the symbols of Varna. The foundation stone was laid by Bulgarian Knyaz Alexander on 22 August 1880 after a solemn ceremony and prayer in front of a crowd of Bulgarians and Armenians. Interestingly, the Knyaz gave amnesty to all the local prisoners that had three months or less left to spend in prison.

Officially opened on 30 August 1886, ever since the cathedral attracts the city visitors' admiration and respect. Few years ago together with few architectural monuments and sights of Varna, it has been illuminated, which gave the cathedral and the city additional brightness and majesty.

Once you overcome the 133 narrow winding steps of the bell-tower you will be rewarded by the magnificent view over the city.

Opening time: 07:00 - 17:30, every day
Tel: 00359 52 61 30 05
Address: “Sveti, Sveti Kiril i Metodii” square

The Sea garden in Varna is the place for your complete relaxation all year round amidst the vast green areas, camling sea views, neat cafes and small restaurants. The Sea garden in Varna is spreading along the whole coast, giving the city a nice fresh touch and magnificent charm. Even during the cold winter and autumn months, the garden keeps its strength of attraction.

Dated since XIX century, the first initiative for building a huge and contemporary city park was undertook by the city mayor Mihail Koloni in 1881. About 13 years later the well known Czech garden architecture Anton Novak was invited by the municipality to expand the park and to give it the nowadays look. Not long time afterwards the Sea garden was known as the most beautiful park on the Balkans.

In 1908 young citizens established a committee, which prime goal was building an alley of the Bulgarian National Revival. The following 3 years the monuments of Vasil Levski, Hristo Botev, Georgi Rakovski, Luiben Karavelov and a lot more national heroes have been raised. Having such a long historic background, the Sea garden nowadays stands for one of the most valuable and enjoyable symbols of Varna city, being host to many cultural and entertainment happenings in the city.

Part of the highway “Black sea” and the international road E-87, Asparuhovo Bridge, is not only an important transport connection between the North and South coast line, but it has become a distinguishing feature of Varna city.

The impressive facts about Asparuhovo bridge are: 2050 m lenght, 50 m height, 21 m width, 53 m depth of the underground columns, resistance at hurricane wind - up to 180 km/h, resistance at temperature amplitude from - 40 degrees up to + 40 degrees, traffic - 10 000 transport units per 24 hours. The reason of its popularity in Bulgaria and abroad was the initiative of the local extreme sport club “Adrenalin” which founder performed the first bungee jump on 10 April 1992. Ever since a lot of people gather on the bridge to test their courage and to experience the moment of their life.

Aladja Monastery - it is the most famous rock monastery along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, 14 km away from Varna towards Golden sands resort. The cells of the monks and the chapel have been dug into the soft sandstone of the sheer rock, forming a group of caves. The predominating opinion of scholars is that the monastery was under the influence of a religious teaching that was in circulation in Byzantium and Bulgaria at that time. It taught about the energy of God - "isichasm" or "hesychasm".
Visitors today can see in the high rock (40 metres) separate rooms of the monastery complex - the place of workshops, the chapel, a special church for requiescat (mass for the dead), tombs, the kitchen, the dining room, the cells of the monks and workrooms. They are all situated on two natural terraces, one above the other. In the past the church was richly decorated with wall paintings. Probably that is why the monastery was called Aladzha meaning "motley, multicoloured". In 17th - 18th century the monastery was abandoned by the monks.

Archaeological museum in Varna - The beginning of the museum was laid by a group of public men and teachers from the Varna High School for Boys whose love for the historic past made them gather a small collection of archaeological monuments.

On 12 December 1901 a group of public men and teachers established the Varna Archaeological Society which from then on for decades was the basic motive power for the interest and the study of the past of Varna, the Varna Region and Northeast Bulgaria. The inauguration of an archaeological museum was a task of prime importance for the Society. The idea came true as a result of the energetic collection and investigation activities. On 11 June 1906 the exhibition of the Museum was officially inaugurated in a room of the Girls' High School /now the Archaeological Museum/.

In 1945 the Varna Archaeological Museum was declared a state property. The rich collections of the Museum, the rich traditions in the investigation and collective work proved to be the main basis for creating some other museums in Varna city, such as the Navy Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival, etc.

Address: 9000 Varna, 41, Bul. Maria Louisa,
Tel.: Exchange + 359 52 681011, Information + 359 52 681030
Fax: +359 52 681025
Winter opening time: from 01.10 to 31.10: 10:00 - 17:00 with days off: Sundays and Mondays; from 01.11 to 31.04: 10:00 - 17:00 with days off: Saturdays and Sundays.
Summer opening time: from 01.05 to 31.05: 10:00 - 17:00 with days off: Sundays and Mondays; from 01.06 to 30.09: 10:00 - 17:00 without days off.

Where to go in Varna area:

It stands to reason that Varna is a host to many international events such as The International Film Festival Love is folly. Usually held at the end of the most romantic month of August, the festval gives the city a special artistic glitter and unforgettable magic moments at the end of the summer. Already 29 years the festival gathers actors, movie critics, participants and a huge audience eager to experience the passion of the screen. With its great location just about 50 m from the Sea garden entrance, traditionally the Festival and Congress Centre in Varna welcomes all the guests of the film festival Love is folly.

More details about the Film Festival Love is folly are available here:
For additional information about the Festival and Congress Centre:

Opening time:
10:30 - 20:00 every day
Ticket office: 00359 52 608 446
Address: 2 Slivnitsa boulevard, Varna 9000, Bulgaria

Another international event is the music festival Varna summer - established on 23 July 1926 and with over 80 years tradition, the festival has prooved its international recognition and fame. Varna summer is marked by the performance of Bulgarian and international masterpieces of musicians, soloists, bandmasters, symphony and chamber orchestras, chorus, opera ensembles, ballets and much more. The festival is traditionally held every year in June - July in different venues in Varna city such as Festival and Congress Centre, the Art Gallery, Drama Theatre (, United methodist Church in Varna.

If you need to get updated about the current information about the festival Varna summer, please visit the festival's site. There is a very helpful English version of the website as well:

The open air Sport Complex in the sea garden is a place where to go out into fresh air with friends and at the same time to spend few enjoyable hours while training.

Officially it was opened on 12 July 2006 and ever since the complex offers free entrance for the following sports football, basketball, volleyball and tennis. Due to the high demand and the fully booked hours, the reservation is required in advance. It is good to know, that observing the rules of the complex is one of the priorities of managing company and you might not be allowed to enter the sport complex, even if you are not proper equipped.

Opening time: Every day from 08:00 to 24:00
For bookings: 00359 52 460 086, 00359 52 460 087, 00359 886 556 330
Address: Sea garden, close to Panteon

The Dolphinarium in Varna is an unique attraction not only for kids, but for their parents as well. Built in 1984, with its 1134 seats in the presentation hall the Dolphinarium is one of its kind on the Balkan peninsula. The water needed for the pools is brought through a special duct and pumping installation from a distance of 80 metres in sea and at a depth of 3 6 metres, where the water is considered to be the clearest.

During the 30-minutes program, the dolphins will charm you with their intelligence and impressive skills. In 1992 the first dolphin was born, which was a good sign, that these fabulous animals are already making themselves at home in Varna. At visitors' disposal after the show is a pastry shop with huge underwater panoramic windows, revealing the live of the dolphins while having rest from the show.

Opening time: Tuesday - Sunday
Performances are held according to the season, but during the summer from 28 June to 04 September they start at 10:30, 12:00, 15:30 and 17:00.
Monday is a day off for the dolphins.
Cash desk: 00359 52 302 199
More details and ticket prices available here

Address: North part of the Sea garden. Primorski park, Saltanat district, 9000 Varna

Food and drinks in Varna

Pizza and Pasta:

"Casa Felice Beach":
Address: Varna, "Kapitan Georgi Georgiev" Str.
Tel: +359 899 900 670
Working time: 08:00 - 24:00

"Dolce Amaro Garden":
Address: Varna sea garden next to the Zoo
Tel: +359 877 622 641
Working time: 09:00 - 24:00
Free parking.

'Dolce Amaro Seaport":
Address: Varna Sea Port
Tel: +359 877 622 607
Working time: 09:00 - 24:00

"Burrata Italiana":
Address: Varna Sea Port
Tel: +359 700 19000
Working time: 12:00 - 23:00

Address: Varna Parkmart Supermarket Park, "Knyaz Boris I" Bul.
Tel: +359 897 938 733
Working time: 08:00 - 22:00

Food delivery:;

Traditional restaurants in Varna:

Restaurant "Staria chinar":
Address 1: Varna, 11 "Preslav" Str., close to the railway station.
Tel: +359 876 520 500
Working time: 08:00 - 24:00

Address 2: Varna Sea Port
Tel: +359 879 54 94 94
Working time: 09:00 - 23:00

Address 3: Hotel & Casino Cherno More
Tel: +359 878 922 822
Working time: 08:00 - 24:00

Restaurant "Barite":
Address: Varna region, Chernevo village, Varna district - 36 km northwest of Varna city
Working time: 09:00 - 02:00
Tel: +359 885 141 953

Restaurant "Kalimanski han":
Address: Village of Kalimantsi, Varna district - 14 km away of Varna city
Working time: 12:00 - 02:00
Tel: 00359 515 38330

Restaurant "Kopitoto":
Address: Bulgaria, Varna, "St. St. Constantine and Helena" Resort, distanced 4 - 5 km north of Varna
Working time: 10:30 – 01:00
Tel: + 359 885 885 550

International brands:

Address: Grand Mall Varna; Delta Planet Mall Varna
Working time: 10:00 - 21:00
Tel: 00359 700 14 140

Mc Donald's:
Address: Grand Mall Varna; Delta Planet Mall Varna
Working time: 10:00 - 21:00

Address 1: Sevastopol, 41 "Slivnitza" bul.
Address 2: 83 Osmi Primorski polk" bul.
Address 3: Grand Mall Varna
Address 4: Delta Planet Mall Varna
Address 5: Mall Varna
Address 6: Golden Sands resort - open only during the summer months.

Varna established restaurants:

Happy - Restaurants:

Address 1: Varna, 22 "Slivnitsa" Bul., opposite Hotel and Casino Cherno more
Tel: 00359 700 20 888
Working time: 11:30 - 22:00 (Sunday to Thursday); 11:30 - 22:30 (Friday to Sunday)

Address 2: Varna, 10 "Yan Palah" Str., Yan Palah Shopping complex
Tel: 00359 888 792 875
Working time: 11:30 - 23:00

Address 3: Sea Port Varna
Tel: 00359 700 20 888
Working time: 11:30 - 22:00 (Sunday to Thursday); 11:30 - 22:30 (Friday to Saturday)

BM - Restaurants:

BM The Bay:
Address: Varna, "Primorski" Bul. near Primorski swimming pool and South beach
Tel: 00359 52 614 887;  00359 887 787 977
Working time: 10:00 - 24:00, all year round

BM The Garden :
Address: The Sea Garden in Varna, close to the Dolphinarium
Tel: 00359 52 30 04 81; 00359 885 668 750
Working time: 10:00 - 24:00, all year round

BM City:
Address: Festival and Congress center, Varna
Tel: 00359 52 809 634; 00359 888 677 833
Working time: 10:00 - 24:00, all year round

BM Olea:
Address: Varna, 22 "Akchelar" Str.
Tel: 00359 52 800 900; 00359 886 647 400
Working time: 10:00 - 24:00, all year round

BM Regina Maria:
Address: Balchik, Damba promenade
Tel: 00359 579 768 47, 00359 884 356 535
Working time: 10:00 - 24:00, all year round

Restaurants Godzila:

Address 1: Varna, 66 "Knyaz Boris I " Str.
Tel: 00359 700 16010
Working time: 10:00 - 01:00

Address 2: Delta Planet Mall Varna
Tel: 00359 888 080885
Working time: 11:00 - 22:00

Something special:

Restaurant "Villa Burov":
Address: Varna, Sea Garden (after the Dolphinarium)
Tel: 00359 898 860 888
Working time: 10:00 - 24:00

Restaurant "Captain Cook":
Address: Port Varna
Tel: 00359 882 999 002
Working time: 11:00 - 22:00

Bars and Clubs:

"Horizont club":
Address: Varna, Sea Garden

"Bar Cubo":
Address: Central beach of Varna
Tel: 00359 898 425232

"Cuba Beach Bar":
Address: Varna beach, next to the Primorski swimming complex
Tel: 00359 888 500 658

"The Brick Bar":
Address: Varna, 5 "Slivnitza" bul., opposite Festival and Congress Center Varna
Tel: 00359 895 853333

"The Brick Port":
Address: Varna Port
Tel: 00359 899 994334

"Rubik Art And Music":
Address: Varna, 5 "Primorski" bul.
Tel: 00359 897 882 135