Flights to Varna
Varna is a popular seaside city situated on the Black Sea Coast of Northern Bulgaria. It’s Bulgaria’s second largest city and has long been popular with Bulgarians plus Varna is now becoming more popular with visitors from around the world too.
Flights to Varna Airport (airport code: VAR) from South Africa are limited and have 2 stops when departing from Johannesburg. Both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways offer the same route for their flight to Varna, with connections in London and then in Dusseldorf. If you fly with Lufthansa, you will be transferring in Munich and Vienna instead. All options have extended layover periods, making the total duration for a flight to Varna around 40 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Varna:
Varna is an attractive coastal city that’s often referred to as the summer (or marine) capital of Bulgaria. It’s long been a popular tourist destination because of its coastal location on the scenic Black Sea, but Varna has more than just the coast on offer. Visitors to this city will find a variety of attractions including beautiful architecture, culture and museums.
Varna Archaeological Museum
Probably the best of the museums in Varna is the Varna Archaeological Museum which is one of the largest museums in Varna. It’s situated within one of the city’s historic buildings that was built in the late 1800s and features a very good variety of exhibits. The Gold of Varna exhibit is one of the most famous and notable as it features the oldest gold treasure in the world, dating back to around 4600 to 4200 BC.
There are also a couple of outdoor archaeological sites managed by the museum which you should visit. These are the remains of Roman baths right in the city centre, as well as the medieval grotto of Aladzha Monastery which is located within the Golden Sands Nature Park.
Boris Georgiev City Art Gallery
Another museum in Varna worth visiting for its uniqueness is the Boris Georgiev City Art Gallery. If you’re interested in seeing a collection of Bulgarian art this is the place to come as the museum features a large collection dating from the early 20th century onwards including a number of works by the museum’s namesake, Bulgarian artist Boris Georgiev.
The beautifully named Sea Garden is actually the largest and oldest public park in Varna. As well as the attractive landscaped gardens located by the seaside there are several other attractions within the park. The Varna Aquarium is one of them and it’s the largest aquarium in Bulgaria. A Dolphinarium was also added to the park in the 1980s, plus it is also home to an Exotic Zoo and the Natural History Museum.
When not sightseeing in the city you can enjoy spending time on Varna’s beaches. There are nice beaches lining the coast of the city, and you might hear them referred to as ‘sea baths’ by some locals. This is because in numerous places on the beaches there are hot mineral water sources and these have been utilised to warm seaside swimming pools, showers and spas.
When Should You Visit?:
To enjoy the beaches of Varna obviously you’ll want to visit in the summer when the temperatures are warmest. July is the hottest month with an average high of 30C. If you just want to visit Varna for sightseeing then spring and autumn will be fine too. The weather is mild during these seasons but in winter it’s a little on the cool side with an average high of just 6C in January.