Varna, the Sea Capital of Bulgaria, is the eastern gate of Europe and a bridge between the Old Continent and Asia.
Varna is a city with ancient history and culture. The oldest processed gold in the world is found in the region – the Varna Necropolis, dating from the period 4400-4200 BC, represents magnificent examples of ancient art of jewellery.
The historical heritage, unique natural resources and rich event calendar make Varna one of Europe’s most popular resorts. Its cultural scenes meet the classics and contemporary art, from almost 100-year-old IMF Varna Summer to modern arts. In recent years, the city has developed into a four-season destination, thus strengthening tourism as one of the most sustainable economic sectors.
Varna is the biggest Black Sea port and the most important economic, transport, educational, cultural and medical centre of North-eastern Bulgaria.
The trend of constant influx of young people is driven by the excellent educational environment and good career prospects. Youth potential was the key prerequisite for the city’s election as European Youth Capital 2017.
Over the last years, the Sea Capital has experienced an impressive transformation and economic growth, evident in the large-scale solutions in the Port area, New Industrial Zone, Innovation Quarter and city centre, all contributing to the quality of life and its investment attractiveness.
Varna is now developing its new economic model that builds on traditional sectors and links, but with focus on innovations and smart specialisation. Municipality, scientific institutions and high-tech companies all join efforts to realise the potential of the Sea Capital as Varna–City of Knowledge and its economic transformation through digital, innovative and green solutions into a modern European city.
Varna is an open city and maintains good friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with a number of twin and partner cities from Europe and across the world.