11.09.2014 - 12.09.2014 26 °C
Local transport: At last, a country where they let you pay on the bus! In fact, in Varna, there's even an old-fashioned bus conductor and she will find you rather than you being the one who has to find them. Bus station is quite a long hike from the centre of town so worth getting the bus.
Swimming: There's a fantastic complex of outdoor pools down by the harbour with great Black Sea views. Beware: you have to wear a swimming cap however little hair you have (there's a shop at the complex and we found a cap for 10Bulgarian.
Old Town: Lots of ruins of Roman baths and other ancient monuments to wander round and look at.
Coffee: Try My Cafe by Ani Boland rather than Ginger Coffee across the road. Well that's our tip anyway.
Tea: Check out the lovely Jasmine Tea House; It's more a vegetarian restaurant in the evening but has some great teas and a nice cake stand for the afternoons!
Buses to Turkey: Leave morning and evening. Funny that there are two companies doing the run but with almost identical prices and timetables, I'm not sure what the point of the competition is. If you want to buy in advance, there are ticket offices for both companies just along the road from the central tourist info office in town. Cash only to buy tickets.
Currency: If you are travelling to Turkey by bus, be aware that there is nowhere to get Turkish lira until you arrive in Istanbul (and even then there is no exchange office - just an ATM right across the bus station, but more on that under Istanbul); and nobody wants your remaining Bulgarian currency in Turkey so spend it while you can.