Start your trip by a fascinating journey across the Balkan Mountains which stretch throughout the whole territory of Bulgaria to the very sea edge. Enjoy the beautiful views en route - small mountain villages, secluded bays, gorgeous forest, the jungle-like banks of Kamchia River.
Varna is a city of ancient history and natural beauty.
The area has been inhabited since ancient times. The Archaeological Museum treasures the famous Calcolithic Gold Treasure which is over 6200 years old and is considered to be the oldest in the world worked by man gold. The Roman Baths of ancient Odessos are among the best preserved in this part of the world. The numerous churches in the city preserve the warm and cozy atmosphere of the East Orthodox religious practice - the most prominent among them is the Cathedral of Virgin Mary.
The large pedestrian area of central Varna adorned with buildings from the last century, fountains, boutiques, cafes and restaurants is the ideal place for a nice walk, shopping or refreshing drink. The major points of interest in the center include the Ethnographic Museum, the building of the Naval School, the Sports Palace, the building of the oldest University of Economy in Bulgaria. Besides being the favourite place for a walk of the locals the Maritime Garden is also known for sheltering the Open Exposition of the Museum of Naval History, the Zoo, the Aquarium and the Dolphinarium.
Varna Dolphinarium is the home of 5 dolphins belonging to Tursiops Truncates species or the so called Bottlenose Dolphins. The first dolphins in the dolphinarium arrived from Cuba about 35 years ago. Nowadays this is the home of Kimbo, Dolly and Poppy and the birthplace of Yoanna and Bimbo. The unique Dolphin Show includes demonstration of incredible sporting and acrobatic skills of the dolphins - height jumps, double somersault, triple axel. Dolphins will sing and dance waltz and rock-and-roll, will play volleyball, basketball and football.
Aladzha Monastery is a medieaval Orthodox rock monastery situated in a park close to Varna, amidst lush greenery. The monastery was founded around 11-12 centuries but a couple of catacombs testify to the fact that the area was inhabited even earlier. The name of the monastery is derived from the Turkish word for motley, joyful - probably because of the colourful murals inside the monastery's main church and the two chapels. In the past the monastery was the shelter of the hesycasts - a monastic community who believed that they can achieve unity with God only by seclusion and silence. The monastery premises were hewn into a 25-meter high carst rock as caves. Because of natural erosion the outer wall does not exist today and a beautiful vista opens to the Black Sea.