Galata - Varna 2020
Remaining time to the start


The Galata International Traditional Swimming Maraton – Varna is held every year on the first Sunday of August. The event is open to all citizens and guests of Varna, who are over 12 years old, from all over the world.

The swimming maraton route draws the sea line from Cape Galata and ends at the second Buna on the Varna’s beach. The straight line distance is 4400 m. As it is impossible to swim in the open water with no outlined corridors, you will practically swim around 5000 m to the final. You need bravery and courage!


The 2017 maraton is the record of participating in the maraton history. Then 321 swimmers stood at the start of Cape Galata!

The time record to swim the distance with the final of the second Buna is since 2009. Then the winner was the 18-year-old Mihail Georgiev from Plovdiv with a time of 47.03 minutes.

The time record with the final of the first Buna is 46.39 minutes and belongs to Petar Stoychev (1995).


The Galata Maraton – Varna is a tradition with modern dimensions.

It has been held every year since 1939 onwards, and only in 1944 it hasn’t been held.

On August 14, 1914, Eng. Georgi Barnev, Eng. Vasil Kardzhiev and the lawyer Demirdzhiev were the first who swam the distance from Galata to Varna.

Over the years, the maraton’s final has been at the first Buna, and in the last decade the swimmers have finished at the second Buna. The number of people willing to test their strengths increases every year!



Citizens of Varna and visitors from Bulgaria and abroad, born before 2007, are invited to participate in the 79th swimming marathon Cape Galata – Buna № 2 (Varna).

Participants undergo mandatory pre-medical check-up, performed and documented up to 3 days prior to the event or 2 hours before the departure to the start – the Varna Marine Station.

On the day of the marathon at the meeting point on the Varna Marine Station, each registered participant must carry an identity card, a declaration personally signed by the participant, and for persons under 18 – signed by a parent.

The Marathon Cape Galata – Varna for 2019 will be held on 4th of August (Sunday). All those wishing to participate should arrive at the Marine Station on 4th of August at 6.30 a.m. Participants should bring appropriate bags to collect their personal belongings.

The registration will continue from 6.30 am to 8.30 am.

The registration ends at 8.30 am sharp and the participants who appeared later will not be allowed to participate!

At 9 am, ships serving the marathon will sail from the Marine Station.

The straight line from Cape Galata to Buna № 2 is about 4500 meters.

The start of the swimming will be at 9.30 am as the participants have to set up in line in the water, at an equal distance from the shore.

Participation is individual. The distance from Cape Galata to Varna can be swum in a freely chosen style. The use of hand tools, flippers, outside assistance, etc. is not allowed.

Judges in the boats adjust swimmers in case of greater deviations from the route.

All swimmers who arrive at the finish maximum 90 minutes after the winner are considered to have covered the distance. Then the marathon is officially closed, all swimmers must stop swimming, and get on board of the boats heading the Buna №2.

Each participant, who has swum the distance, receives a coupon for a free snack, drink and a souvenir t-shirt.

Under inappropriate weather conditions, organizers reserve the right to postpone the event.