Welcome to Varna - the sea capital of Bulgaria and European Youth Capital 2017!
We are honored to host this prestigious sporting event that gathers the most enthusiastic and loyal friends of running. I believe that participation in the race will be an unforgettable experience for you and will bring you plenty of positive emotions!
I am convinced that the good energy and youthful spirit that Varna Marathon generates will bring good mood to our city, so finally everybody will be a winner! I wish all of you to be healthy, positive and successful!
Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria and the largest at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, with an area of 205 sq. km. Its location on the Northern shore of the Black Sea, along with its richness in natural resources make it one of the famous resorts Europe wide, definitely the largest one in the Black Sea region. It also happens to be on the crossroads between Western Europe and the Middle East.
Varna is located on the west coast of the Black Sea and that is the reason it has a mild climate throughout the year.The region of Varna (including Golden Sands and Saints Constantine and Helena Resorts) is well-known with its magnificent wide beaches, warm blue sea and healing hot mineral springs. In Saints Constantine and Helena Resort there are seven mineral springs with a water temperature between 40 and 60 degrees, not found anywhere else in Europe.
Varna has an impressive nightlife and many say that the city never sleeps. It is almost impossible to find closed bar or club during the night in the summer. In the summer many of the bars and restaurants are located directly on the beach, near the Seaside Garden.
The course of the race passes through the main attractions of the city:
Festa Dolphinarium is the only attraction of its kind in Bulgaria. It is situated amidst the greenery in the Northern part of the Seaside Garden of Varna and offers a wonderful view over the sea. The Dolphinarium was opened on 11.08.1984 and is one of the symbols not only of Varna but also of the Bulgarian tourism. The Dolphinarium is a permanent site on the agenda of all visitors of the Black Sea coast.
The building impresses with its futuristic structure and glass-and-aluminum front wall. The Dolphinarium building was designed by a team led by the renowned architect Simeon Saraliev. The building itself is a light spatial construction shaped as a glass cube measuring 30 x 30 meters and a height of 14 meters.
Interesting is the fact that the excavation work of the installation floor and pools themselves was done after the bearing roof structure had been mounted.