The Varna seaside is what makes the city such a wonderful place. With several kilometers of urban beaches on the Black Sea, it’s no wonder Varna is one of the hottest summer resort destinations in Eastern Europe.
Besides beautiful sandy beaches, Varna’s Sea Garden make a peaceful place to spend a day. The Sea Garden began as a bare field just outside of the city. In 1862, the Ottoman governor ordered a garden to be placed in the field. The first tree was planted that year. Later, the Sea Garden became the life work of Czech landscape architect Anton Novak. He began designing the park beginning in 1895 after he was invited by the local government.
The Sea Garden is full of paths, flowers, ponds, and monuments. Plants and trees come from all over Bulgaria and Europe. It also contains an outdoor theatre, zoo, planetarium, terrarium, aquarium, and dolphinarium.
It overlooks the beach, which is the hottest spot in Varna with many restaurants and nightclubs.
On the western end of the Sea Garden is the Naval Museum, dedicated to navigation on the Black Sea. The Druzhki, a Bulgarian torpedo boat, is the prized artifact at the museum. It recorded the only naval victory for Bulgaria during the First Balkan War in 1912 when it sank an Ottoman cruiser, the Hamidiye.
The Sea Garden is connected to a pedestrianized portion of bulevard Slivnitsa, which leads into the city center.