is the largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
Commonly referred to as the marine capital (or the summer capital)
of Bulgaria, Varna is a major tourist destination, seaport, and
headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine, as well as
the centre of Varna Province and Bulgaria's North-Eastern planning
region, comprising the provinces of Dobrich, Shumen, Targovishte,
Tourism is of foremost importance, with the suburban beachfront
resorts of Golden Sands, Holiday Club Riviera, Sunny Day,
Constantine and Helena, and others with a total capacity of over
60,000 beds (2006), attracting millions of visitors each year (4.74
million in 2006, 3.99 million of which international tourists ).
The resorts received considerable internal and foreign investment in
the late 1990s and early 2000s, and are environmentally sound, being
located reassuringly far from chemical and other smokestack
industries. Varna is also Bulgaria's only international cruise
destination (with 26 cruises scheduled for 2007) and a major
Airlines to fly into Varna: Lufthansa, United
Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Malev.