|• City||485 km2 (187 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)|
Varij (Algaz: Varij /vä'ɾiʒ/) is a city in the Algazi Union, located on the island of Gêlnos (Algaz: Gelnuth) in the Gulf of Ishenar. Originally established as a naval installation under the Hafsighi Kingdom, the city is now a major resort owing to its seaside location and mild climate, and receives the most tourists annually of any Algazi city.
Owing to its tourist orientation, Varij is particularly known for festivals, mostly relating to music and art. The most famous by far is IshenArts, a two-week long music and media festival that is one of the largest of its kind in Ekuosia; many other festivals of varying size take place throughout the year, including the the Summer Solstice Festival, rooted in a traditional religious celebration, and the Varij World Music Festival. Varij is also well known for its nightlife and electronic music scene, with numerous clubs on Tizir and Akhare streets and bars across the city.
Tourism has been the mainstay of Varij's economy since the late nineteenth century, when middle and upper-class Algazis began visiting Gêlnos to take advantage of its cooler summer temperatures and lax gambling laws. By the 1960s, Varij was well-established as major destination for Algazi and Lonish tourists; while gambling continues to play a part in the city's economy and appeal, the beaches, events, and nightlife are now the city's main draws. As a result of its size and geography, Varij and its surroundings have been able to appeal to a broad mix of tourists: the West End, home to the bulk of the city's clubs, attracts young adults; the city's downtown and outlying villages are typically preferred by families; and the city's historic core and former port is home to high-end boutique hotels and spas.