Albena: A Closer Look

Albena is one of the most beautiful sea resorts on the Bulgarian seaside.

Albena is situated 28 km north from the biggest city on the Bulgarian seaside - Varna.

The resort is remarkable for its 6km-long beach.

The town is a purpose-built resort, with the majority of the hotel's situated directly on the beach and backs onto Baltata National Reserve - a rare combination of dense wet forest and a seashore.

Some of the sights worth checking out include the dolphin show at Festa Dolphinarium Varna (; the medieval Christian Orthodox cave monastery, Aladzha Monastery, situated in the Baltata National Reserve; and the Evksinograd residency (

Basketball History

5. Kaloyan Ivanov (Bulgaria)
Kaloyan Ivanov previously played his basketball in Varna

The basketball history of Albena is closely linked to that of near-by Varna - a city with a proud basketball tradition, stretching back to 1923.

In 1969 the men's team Cherno more (Black Sea) became part of the elite group of Bulgarian basketball. They have since three times been the champion of Bulgaria and three times the winner of the Cup of Bulgaria. They have also participated in the Sapporo Cup, Korac Cup and Cup of the Champions.

In 1985, Georgi Glushkov who had played for the club, became the first Eastern European basketball player to play in the NBA, joining the "Phoenix Suns". Glushkov is current President of the Bulgarian Basketball Federation.

The team of "Cherno More" is proud to have many players who played in the team and later participated in the national men's basketball team. This list includes Plamen Alexiev, Vladimir Marinov, Todor Stoykov, Deyan and Kaloyan Ivanov (currently playing in Italy and Lithuania), Asen Velikov and Bozhidar Avramov.

One of the most talented and highly promising young female players, Borislava Hristova, comes also from Varna.

One of the most significant coaches of the team is Simeon Varchev, who coached the national team for the period 1989 - 1993. In 1992 he was named the best coach in Bulgaria and in 2000 was named as Coach of the Century of the city of Varna.


The Arena

Albena Sports Gym is situated in the center of the resort, in 400 m from the team's hotels and in 200m from the official FIBA Europe hotel. The capacity is 600 spectators. There is air conditioning and a wooden floor.

Address: Albena Sport Gym, Albena Resort

Getting There

The closest air terminal is Varna International Airport (30 kms from Albena resort) which is serviced daily from mulitple European destinations. Bourgas Airport (130 kms from Albena resort) is also serviced by a number of year-round and seasonal flights from throughout Europe.

Albena is easily accessed from the aiport with regular transport going to the resort from Varna.

The arena itself - Albena Sport Gym - can be accessed from Varna Central Bus Station.

FIBA Europe sponsor stripAerosvitI Feel SloveniaMolten