by Svetlin Angelov
The Sea Garden of Varna is one of the symbols of the city, stretching along the coast. From the green and shady garden you have direct access to the beach – all you have to do is choose a beach bar and order a cocktail and a hookah as the locals do. Time is irrelevant when it’s summer and you are in Varna.
Army and naval history buffs will enjoy a visit to the historic Drazki Ship Museum, part of the Naval Museum in Varna. There you can see the original 1908 torpedo ship that took part in three 20th century wars, before it was turned into a museum. Though it is located in the Sea Garden instead of at sea, it’s still an impressive sight.
Drazki Ship Museum, Varna, Bulgaria, +359 52 632 018
This is the only place of its kind in Bulgaria, and is a much-cherished memory from the childhood of many Bulgarians. Festa Dolphinarium held its first show in 1984 with dolphins brought from Cuba, and continues to showcase the acrobatic abilities of these clever mammals. There are several shows a day, but it’s a good idea to buy tickets in advance, especially in summer.
Festa Dolphinarium, Varna, Bulgaria, +359 52 302 199