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Varna (beach town)

Varna (beach town) — located 5 hours east of Sofia (443 km) via car, Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.  It is third in population after Sofia and Plovdiv and the second largest city in Bulgaria.  Varna is a major tourist destination, a starting point for all resorts in the northern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, business and university center, seaport, and headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine.  The urban area features 20 km of sand beaches and abounds in thermal mineral water sources. The central sea baths and the beach are situated below the Sea Garden.