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Sea garden, VarnaVarna is the “Sea capital” of Bulgaria and the third largest city in the country with a population of about 370 000 people. It is a sea port in the eastern part of the country, located on the Black Sea coast, close to Lake Varna. 

Varna is an important economic centre for Bulgaria and the Black Sea region in general. Major industries include trade and transportation, shipbuilding and manufacturing. Together with the nearby town of Devnya, Varna forms what is known as the Varna-Devnya Industrial Complex, home to some of the largest chemical, electrical and manufacturing plants in Bulgaria.

Tourism is of great importance to the city. Each summer Varna’s airport is a gateway for thousands of tourists from all over the world on their way to the nearby resorts of Sunny Day, St. Constantine and Helena, Golden Sands, Albena and many others. Most of the tourists come back to Varna for a day-trip around the city.

Dramatique TheaterVarna is a resort itself as it is offering nice beaches with fine sands, a water slide, and cozy bars and restaurants, as well as various discos all along the beach line. The Sea Garden is the biggest park in the city and the most beautiful place for walking around but only during the day time, because some parts of it are not lighted during the night. The Garden is full of flowers and fountains. Everyone can find something interesting because the Sea Garden shelters an amphitheatre, planetarium, aquarium, children playgrounds, a small channel, where one can practice rowing, a pool with water wheels and a zoo. The Dolphinarium is one of the favourite attractions for children and guests of Varna for its regular performances of talented dolphin artists. 

The city-centre is very pleasant, with leafy streets and a long pedestrian area full of shops and restaurants. All the greatest sights of Varna are within a walking distance and mainly situated in the centre. The Old Roman Thermal Bath can be found in the downtown. The high walls, remains of ancient dressing room, bathing and meeting halls, recreation rooms have been well preserved since Roman time. The Cathedral of “St. Uspenie Bogorodichno”, considered to be the most impressive monument of the city, rises in the very centre. You should definitely see it at night when it is beautifully lit up. The Clock Tower rises just across the cathedral. The Theatre of Drama, where the first-ever Bulgarian theatre performance was held, is also a must-see place in the city centre. It was built nearly a century ago and resembles Vienna buildings of that time. The building houses a theatre, an opera and philharmonic halls and stages performances during the entire summer season. Not far Black sea, Varna beachaway from the Theatre of Drama is the Puppet Theatre, where the Golden Dolphin Festival of puppets takes place each year. The city also has a number of museums, including the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of National Renaissance, the Naval Museum, the Vladislav Varnenchik Park-Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science.

The outskirts of the city are favorite places for picnics and strolls - a district of Vinitsa with forests around it, a district of Asparuhovo with the bridge and the place called Dzanavara where you can also see a basilica from the early Christian period, and a district of Galata with a high rocky cape above the sea.

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