Golden Sands holidays

Golden Sands is one of Bulgaria’s biggest resorts on the Black Sea, and it’s easy to see why it grows more popular every year. The 4-kilometre long beach offers clean, warm sand, crystal-clear water, and a beachfront promenade that is packed with bars and shops. The seaside resort in northern Bulgaria enjoys a mild year-round climate, and there are a number of activities – in and out of the waves – for children and adults.

Things to do

Golden Sands Bulgaria is known for its mineral pools and baths, and everyone should take a dip at least once. Said to have healing powers, these hot springs definitely make you feel wonderfully relaxed! When you’re not chilling in a mineral pool, try out some of the many water sports on offer. From windsurfing and water-skiing to diving and boating, if you can do it on the water, you can do it at Golden Sands.

Children will love the waterpark Aquapolis as well as the mini-golf and pony rides on the beach. Day trips to Varna show you the historic architecture of the ancient region, and wine tours of the area are a fun day out for couples on a romantic getaway. There are so many things to do in and around Golden Sands that you’ll really have the holiday of a lifetime.

Excellent beaches

Golden Sands lives up to its name with attractive Blue Flag beaches. The 4km stretch of golden sand is said to be ‘the purest along the Black Sea’s shores’. The warm waters are clear and gentle, which is why the area is a hotspot for swimming and water sports. Lush, green forests are a picturesque backdrop against the glistening coastline. At the beach there’s a host of sports to get involved in, including beach volleyball, tennis and football, simply relax on the sun loungers that line the beach or take a walk up the promenade that is packed with shops, bars and restaurants. With the shallow waves and organised kids’ entertainment such as games and puppet shows, there’s more than enough for families to enjoy.

History and culture

Legend has it that the resort was created by ancient pirates that sailed north of Varna to dig for treasure. Today Golden Sands is famous for its stunning scenery, warm climate and nearby therapeutic hot springs. There’s a delightful, feel-good atmosphere on the shores of Golden Sands, with lots of entertainment to enjoy both day and night.

Vibrant nightlife

Golden Sands is renowned for being the ultimate host when it comes to having a great night out. Start off with an early evening cocktail then head for the main strip for live music, karaoke and cabaret. If you are in the dancing mood, grab your friends and head down to a disco and party till the early hours, or if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at one of the glitzy casinos. With its wide range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Best time to visit: June to September

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Varna International Airport (VAR), 26km from Golden Sands

Golden Sands Resort is best for...

Families: With a waterpark, mini-golf, and a gently shelving beach with lots of water sports, families can have tons of fun in Golden Sands.

Sightseers: Visit the monastery Kloster Aladzha and explore the labyrinth of rocky caves.

Couples: Lounge next to one of the many outdoor pools each day and watch the sunset on a romantic dinner yacht cruise.

Fast facts for Golden Sands Resort

Language: The language spoken in Golden Sands is Bulgarian.

Currency: The currency used in Golden Sands is the Bulgarian Lev (лв).

Local time: Golden Sands Resort is 2 hours of ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Burgas airport. Transfers to Golden Sands Resort take 2–2.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Golden Sands Resort is 3–3.5 hours.

Tourist information: More Golden Sands tourist information can be found at https://goldensands.bg/

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Getting around Golden Sands Resort

By foot: The beach promenade, with many cafés, bars, and shops, is only about 1.6km (one mile) long. Strolling around is easy, fun and the best way to discover new shops, activities, and spots where you can grab a coffee and a pastry.

By train: A little tourist train drives up and down the promenade for those fancying a different way of travelling.

By bike: Hire bicycles and pedal your way around Golden Sands.

By bus: Buses run regularly between the resort and both Varna’s rail station and the international airport. You can also book onto tour buses for excursions inland and along the coast.

Events in Golden Sands Resort

Competitions: There are plenty of beer festivals, beauty contests, beach volleyball tournaments, and yachting regattas held throughout the summer months. Whether you just want to watch or get truly stuck in, Golden Sands’ competitions are great fun.

Kid-friendly: Golden Sands Bulgaria is really child-friendly. With tons of play parks, events and activities purely designed for kids, you know they’ll have the time of their lives.

Folk music: Nearby Varna hosts the International Varna Summer Festival each year which is Bulgaria’s oldest music festival. Get into the swing of things with jazz, opera, ballet, and symphony concerts. 

Golden Sands Resort safety and security

Visa / Health: Before your holiday to Golden Sands Bulgaria, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Golden Sands weather

Temperature: Averages daily highs of 27 - 30°C in summer and 6°C in winter.

Best time to visit: June to September.

July and August have the highest temperatures, but June and September are less crowded with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Most hotels and restaurants are closed in winter, along with the waterparks.

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