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Golden Sands - Bulgaria

Golden Sands is Bulgaria’s largest tourist resort along the Northern Black Sea coast and merges with the St. Konstantin, Elena and Riviera resorts. It is located 19 km north east of Varna and 490 km east of Sofia.

The development of the resort began in 1957 and was transformed over a period of 25 years into a modern holiday resort with an abundance of hotels, apartment buildings, villas, bars, restaurants, clubs, casinos, shopping malls and sporting activities including a yacht marina, horse riding and water park. During the 1990’s Golden Sands was privatised and has since attracted substantial investment and is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Europe.

About Golden Sands

It stretches over a region of 1 800 hectares and the vast nature park is protected and remains in its natural state, unharmed by human. The thick wooded forest with chestnut, oak and lime trees gently descends to the sea. It was confirmed a protected area in 1943.

The mild climate and the sea breeze have a strong influence on the flora and fauna in the park which is why it differs greatly from the other national parks. The area is considered to have the purest sand on the coast. The resort’s hotels nestle in the wooded landscape and gardens behind the soft, golden sandy beach. In the middle of this outstanding greenery there are over 69 hotels and range between 3*and 4* ratings and many open all year round. There are snack bars, restaurants, sports and entertainment facilities, not only along the beach but also in the beautiful woods. The stunning golden beach begins at the foot of the forest. The resort also boasts a number of healing mineral springs.

The authorities of Golden Sands refuse to give in to demands to grant more roads and parking, keeping the resort's reputation as family friendly, green and largely pedestrianised. The resort offers a range of facilities including shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as water sports such as Para skiing, scuba diving and water skiing. There are the resort bikes, taxis and mini trains available for you to get around easily.

Sand and sea

Golden Sands has won the prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ award for a clean and environmentally friendly resort. Regular monthly monitoring of chemical readings of the sea and air quality is recorded.

The beautiful soft, golden sandy beach is 4 km long and is one of the best in Europe, and is excellent and offers safe bathing for families with small children. The tranquil water has a low salt content compared to the Mediterranean and is also good for scuba diving.

When to visit

Golden Sands has a mild climate with long, hot summers similar to Mediterranean resorts and the holiday season operates from May to October.

The milder weather in spring and autumn are a suitable time to visit to take advantage of the use of the healing mineral springs. It is also popular with short school breaks and conference tourism.

Things to do

There are plenty of things to keep you and your family amused in and around Golden Sands. For some you will need to hire a car or book an organised excursion to see.

Close by uphill is the Aquapolis water park with outdoor pools, long winding slides and the park opens from June to September, and is surrounded by bars and restaurants.

Aladzha Monastery is about an hours walk from the resort through the woodland. The monastery comprises of chapels shaped from natural caves in a chalky cliff, and was once a refuge in the dark ages. A museum displays how the monastery used to look with weapons, ornaments and artefacts.

Three 18-hole golf courses designed by Gary Player and Ian Woosnam are developed around Balchik and Kavarna which is only a short drive to the north.

There are plenty of things to keep you and your family amused in and around Golden Sands and from here you can either opt to rent a car or arrange organised excursions to see.

See Bulgaria’s famous south Black sea resort of Sunny Beach and Nessebar.

Or travel inland and visit a traditional Bulgarian village a see how time as stood still and daily life is very much the same as it was 50 years ago.

There is horse riding, fishing, quad biking, go karts, jeep safaris and a Dolphin aquarium to keep all the family occupied.