Explore Varna

From the serene beaches to the lively streets brimming with history and art, Varna will captivate your senses and rejuvenate your creative spirit. Join us for an unforgettable journey where music meets cinema in the heart of Bulgaria's maritime capital—a true treasure trove of inspiration for the creative mind.

Varna, Bulgaria

Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria and is located on the Black Sea coast. It is a popular tourist destination, known for its beaches, historical sites and cultural attractions.

The currency in Varna is the Bulgarian lev (BGN). The local language is Bulgarian, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. You'll have no problem getting by with English in Varna.

We know you're probably coming from far away and want to research Varna and Bulgaria, and we're excited to help you get started. This place is a treasure trove of inspiration for creative minds, and we can't wait to see what you come up with. During the induction to the program we will also share with you our 10 years of knowledge of the city, so rest assured you will feel at home.

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Airport and other transports for tourists

Varna Airport is the main airport serving the city. It is located about 10 kilometers from the city center and offers flights to a number of destinations, including Sofia, Bucharest, and Istanbul. There are also a number of bus and train services that connect Varna to other cities in Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. All of our composers and staff fly into the Varna airport (VAR) for the Film Scoring Summer Program.

Amenities you can enjoy

Varna has a wide range of amenities that tourists can enjoy, including:

  • Beaches: The entire city of Varna is lined with a beautiful beach. The popular Golden Sands Beach is nearby and is one of the longest and most popular beaches in Bulgaria.

  • Historical sites: Varna is home to a number of historical sites, including Ancient Roman Baths, the Varna Archaeological Museum, and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

  • Cultural attractions: Varna has a number of cultural attractions, including the Opera House, the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sea Garden, which is a large park with gardens, fountains, and a lake. Our composers always enjoy creative evening strolls in the Sea Garden!

The Beach by Day

The Varna beach is a vibrant and popular destination that captures the essence of both relaxation and lively entertainment. By day, it's a sunbather's paradise, with golden sands and clear waters inviting visitors to unwind and soak up the sun. The shoreline is lined with numerous beach clubs, each offering a unique atmosphere and a variety of refreshments to enhance the leisurely experience.

The Beach by Night

As the sun sets, Varna's beach transforms into a bustling nightlife hub. The clubs that dot the coast come alive with people, live music, and dazzling light shows, creating an electrifying ambiance that lasts well into the night. This dynamic contrast makes Varna's beach a perfect spot for those looking to enjoy both tranquil days and vibrant evenings.

Safety of the city

Varna is an extremely safe city for tourists. The crime rate is low, and the people are friendly and welcoming.



Crime Rate (per 100,000 people)

Varna, Bulgaria


Boston, Massachusetts


New York City, New York


Valencia, Spain




Price comparison of some goods

Bulgaria is an extremely affordable country to live in or to visit. Let's say you are a coffee lover, and you are looking for the best cappuccino in town. This will give you an idea on how much you will save.



Price of Cappuccino

Varna, Bulgaria

2.50 BGN (~$1.40 USD)

Boston, Massachusetts

4.70 USD

New York City, New York

5.20 USD

Valencia, Spain

3.00 EUR (~3.25 USD)


Varna is definitely a city that will provide you with an exceptional experience and time to enjoy after the program's class hours.

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