A land carved in history
Throughout the Varna region are huge areas of stunning natural beauty that feature fascinating historic sites of interest. Many are literally part of the landscapes, such as medieval Aladzha Monastery, which was created by carving a series of multi-level caves inside a cliff.
The stone remains of the 4th-century Ovech fortress can be found on top of a rocky hill close to the town of Provadia. The stairs leading to the fortress are etched into the rock and once you’ve navigated your way to the top, you’re rewarded with breathtaking views over the surrounding hills and towns.
A Varna holiday is not complete without visiting the mysterious Pobiti Kamani, also known as The Stone Desert. It consists of stone columns that are hollow and filled with sand, presumably from the dunes they sit upon.
No one knows how they got there, with many people having claimed to feel an unusual atmosphere while walking around the structures. The general consensus is that they are an entirely natural phenomenon, and have no connection to human activity.
Channel your inner Ancient Roman
As a result of the city of Varna being a Roman one for some time, many artefacts have been found years later. You can view some interesting finds at Varna’s Archaeological Museum, with items including pieces of pottery and tools used in battle. Several key structures were also created by the Romans, some of which partially remain to this day. The main attraction is the site of the Ancient Roman thermal baths.
No doubt many an Ancient Roman bath-goer ended their time here with a glass or two of wine, and you can continue with that spirit of plenty in the city. Bulgaria is one of the oldest winemaking countries in the world and a good proportion of the country’s produce is made within the Varna region. Go on a wine-tasting tour through the city to sample some local versions, with some tours even giving you the chance to create a bottle of your own blend.
Charming coastal resorts
Choose a Varna holiday and you get the opportunity to visit many beautiful beaches along the Black Sea coast. They’re often part of resorts that have built up around them, creating some really fun places to enjoy days out.
One of the most popular coastal resorts is Golden Sands. It’s easy to see why, with its long stretches of golden sand and hot mineral springs providing ultimate relaxation. Away from the beach, the resort has plenty of shops to browse and sports facilities to try. Children will love the small water park of Aquapolis. Head slightly further afield to go hiking through areas of forest that make up Zlatni Piasatsi Nature Park. Other resorts with plenty to offer all the family include St Konstantin and Albena.
This Balkan country is a relative hidden gem when compared to the popularity of its neighbours, with holidays to Bulgaria offering plenty of surprises. A Varna Bulgaria holiday is to journey to a land full of mysterious and intriguing history and diverse landscapes. With so many areas of the Varna region largely untouched by mass tourism, it’s a great place to get a feel for the true personality of this engaging country.