Located in Bulgaria, Varna is a decidedly cosmopolitan city with many opportunities to take a nice stroll through. It pleasantly combines Baroque, 19th century, and contemporary architecture with sheltered promenades and a striking seaside park. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Varna has to offer so you can take full advantage of this lively city. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car rental Varna to make your money go further on a vacation car that suits your specific needs.
One of the oldest cities in Europe, Varna was occupied by the Thracian culture around 1200 BC. Towards the end of the 17th century BC, the Miletians founded a trading colony on the site of present day Varna. The region was conquered by Alexander the Great in 335 BC, and fell into Roman hands at the beginning of the 1st century AD. Public bath houses from this period are still intact to this day. During the Middle Ages, control of the region shifted between Byzantine and Bulgarian rule several times. The crusaders fought one of their last losing battles outside the city walls of Varna. The Battle of Varna marked the beginning of Ottoman rule over Bulgaria, which lasted from 1396 until 1878. By the late 1950’s, Varna had evolved into a tourist center for Eastern Europeans, as it was blocked from westerners by the Soviets, and was renamed Stalin. Heavy trade and industry between the city and the USSR allowed the city to flourish.
Take advantage of your Varna car hire
With a rental car in Varna you will be able to explore the city’s attractions at your own comfort. A thoroughly modern city, Varna is a combination of a port city, naval base, and most importantly, seaside resort. It features a vast park with beautiful nature scenery and possibilities to relax and take a nice stroll. Its lengthy beaches are also perfect for sun bathing and maritime sports. The city center boasts Bulgaria’s most extensive Roman baths complex, which dates back to the 3rd century CE. Social life in Varna centers on ‘ploshtad Nezavisimost.' Here you will find the opera house and theater, as well as a number of really nice restaurants and quaint cafes. During evening hours, the town square transforms into a meeting point for merrymakers, and is also a beloved socializing spot for locals and foreigners alike. The domed Cathedral of the Assumption, constructed in 1886, contains an impressive wall of icons and religious paintings, as well as the lavish bishop’s throne. History buffs will want to check out the Archaeology Museum, which is home to one of Bulgaria’s finest collections of antiquities. Most impressive are the skeletons adorned with Thracian gold jewelry that were unearthed in Varna in 1972 and date back almost six thousand years.
An approximately five hour drive west of the city you will reach the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. The capital boasts a large array of important religious buildings, including the Petka Samardzhiyska Church, built in the 11th century, which is dedicated to the Martyr Petka Ikoniyska and the Banya Bashi Mosque, built in the 16th century, a remnant of Ottoman occupation. You can also see the Sofia Synagogue, which houses a museum. History buffs will be impressed by the National Historical and Archaeological Museum which contains more than 650,000 exhibits and is one of the largest history museums in the Balkans. The museum covers the entire study of the culture of tribes and peoples who have occupied present day Bulgaria from the past until the 18th century.
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