Located on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Varna is the largest city in the region as well as being the third largest in Bulgaria. Varna is a very popular destination with tourists, thanks to its many beaches and resorts earning it the nickname ‘the Sea Capital of Bulgaria’. The city has plenty to offer in terms of things to do, as well as culture and attractions. Expats living in Varna will, for example, be able to enjoy sights such as the Varna Archaeological Museum, featuring the Gold of Varna exhibit which houses the oldest gold treasure found in the world, the Naval Museum and many other museums and galleries as well as a dolphinarium and a zoo. Expatriates in Varna will also be able to take in the city’s rich culture which features a lively music scene, great nightlife and many festivals which take place in the city each year. Varna is furthermore home to the Cherno More football team, whilst basketball and golf are also popular in the city.
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The cost of living in Varna is higher than a number of major cities in Bulgaria, although Bulgaria’s overall cost of living is lower than many other European countries and there is plenty of housing available. Expatriates moving to Varna will find that it has a mixed climate despite its location at the coast, featuring hot summers and cold winters. Varna is conveniently located with excellent transport links to other parts of Bulgaria as well as other destinations in Europe by road and other services to , whilst the city itself has a wide bus network. Any expat moving to Varna should sign up to InterNations where they can not only take advantage of the many online features but also connect with others through its forums and discussion groups in order to ask questions and seek advice about Varna.
Varna has a diverse economy, with a number of industries present in the city. Tourism provides a number of opportunities and an expatriate hoping to start working in Varna may find employment in this area. Other major employers in the city include the construction, manufacturing, and communications services whilst expats working in Varna will also find that finance, insurance and other such areas are growing sectors. Because of its location as a major transport hub, Varna benefits from having a number of transportation, shipbuilding and other related business in the area. Retail is also a growing sector in the city, offering a number of work opportunities in this area. For more information about life in Varna, expatriates should take advantage of InterNations’ pages in order to interact with fellow expats living in Varna, Bulgaria, and across the globe. After all, who is better equipped to provide advice about work, as well as other aspects of relocating to a new city such as housing, culture, travel and more, than those you have been through the same process themselves?