Recently, WizzAir has been offering extremely cheap tickets from various locations around Europe to Varna (Bulgaria). Ticket prices can be found sometimes for as cheap as 20 euro’s, due to this there is an increase in tourist to eastern Europe city, but the main problem is there isn’t so much to do in Winter in a beach city like Varna.
We went to explore the city, talk to locals and find out what they do and where they go, we spent two days exploring Varna and its surroundings and there are plenty of things to do on a 2-3 day vacation in Winter (or summer).
The easiest way to get around is by renting a Car – Car rentals in Winter should cost around 20 Euros a day. If you are traveling solo, Public Transport will suffice or Taxies (TaxiMe app is used in Varna, sadly there is no Uber). However, it should be noted some of the highlights of Varna are not accessible via Public Transport and Taxies might set you back much more than the cost of a car rental.
What To Do
1. Shopping – What is amazing about Varna is how cheap it is in comparison to western Europe, the Mall’s have all the same stores as the rest of Western Society but at around a sixth or less of the price, you would find in a city such as London, Amsterdam or Tel Aviv. For example, a Pleather Jacket from Pull & Bear could cost 80 euro in Tel Aviv and would set you back around 14 Euro in Varna. Shopping in Varna is an activity people sometimes fly to Varna for. Check out the Grand-Mall and others.
2. Fortress Ovech – This fortress isnt in the city but a solid 40-minute drive from the City. Ovech is a beautiful fortress up on a mountain surrounded by beautiful scenery, there is a hiking trail from the fortress for those who want to explore the mountaintop. This fortress is one of the top highlights from our trip to Varna. To get to the fortress simply use Waze or Google Maps to get to the bottom of the mountain and start the walk up the mountain (about 20 Minutes of slow relaxed walking).
3. Cathedral – We dont really need to write this as anyone in Varna will tell you about the Cathedral. The cathedral is in the center of the city and hard to miss, the building is a beautiful Cathedral and worth taking a stroll around.
4. Spa’s and Thermal Baths – In Varna there are many Spas and thermal baths all over, the prices for treatments and massages are much cheaper than most people will find at home, ask any local where they would go and head to one of the 10’s of Spa’s or thermal baths in the city.
5. Escape Rooms – There are a few different escape rooms throughout the city, the best ones with English are from a company called “escape room varna“. Prices are around 6 euros per person.
Where to eat
Varna has some amazing food at prices that will make you feel like a king. Here are some of the recommended places to eat.
1.Staria Chinar – ask any local where to get the best Bulgarian food in Varna and they will tell you about this place. This place can get very crowded as it is extremely popular with the locals, the prices aren’t super cheap but they are very reasonable. The locals all recommended us to go to the Staria Chinar on Preslav street and not on the port.
2. GodZilla – There are probably 10 Godzilla restaurants in Varna. This restaurant is cheap, good and open 24/7. They have an insane variety of food from burgers to pasta to calamari rings.
3. La Bocca – an Italian style restaurant, moderate prices, and amazing food.
4. Ranchero – The food at this place isn’t amazing but it is quite nice, the main reason Ranchero is on our list is because they have a 5 Euro all you can eat lunch menu (with meat but not including steaks). Definitely, the best Value lunch you can get in Varna.
Where to go at night
Sadly there isn’t a booming nightlife in Varna (in Winter). However, there are a few spots worth checking out.
1. Brick Bar – In the center of the city, this bar usually has live music every night and has a really chill and friendly vibe to it.
2. Plaza – Plaza is one of the only nightclubs that is still going hard in winter. Locals or love it or hate it, the music played there ranges from Latin music to Bulgarian Pop music. Check their facebook to see whats going on the night you want to go.
3. Nargile House Bar – If your looking to chillout and just smoke some Nargila/Hookah/Shisha this is the place.
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