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Holidays in Golden Sands Resort

As one of the country’s biggest resorts, a holiday to Golden Sands, Bulgaria will give you a Blue Flag beach, fabulous restaurants, and plenty to keep everyone happy. It’s also one of the most family-friendly resorts, with 4km of clean, golden sand, waves perfect for kids to paddle in and lots of fun water sports for the whole family.

A lively promenade filled with snack bars, boutiques, market stalls and beach cafés makes Bulgaria’s Golden Sands resort beach the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Sign up for a tour, go horseback riding, or buy some souvenirs for your friends back home. This seaside resort in eastern Bulgaria has a warm summer climate just like the Mediterranean, only more affordable.

25-30 °C

Best time to visit: June to September with August being the busiest month.

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3 hours 30 minutes

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

For endless fun in the sun, on the beach and in the Black Sea, book your Thomas Cook holiday to the Golden Sands Resort today.

Recommended offers Golden Sands

smartline Madara

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Great for groups of friends
  • Spacious rooms
  • Poolside snack bar

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 151 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Grifid Hotel Metropol

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 16+
  • Grifid Dine Around Programme
  • Two pools including one infinity pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 195 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

smartline Arena Mar

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Very lively atmosphere
  • Close to Golden Sands resort centre
  • Only 150m to Golden Sands Beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 62 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers


7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Newly renovated
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of four bars

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 55 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Marina Grand Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 30m to the sandy beach
  • Three swimming pools
  • Perfect for families and couples

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 267 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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.

At 100m wide and with clean, golden sand, the Blue Flag beach is the best place to work on your tan. Water temperatures average 27°C in summer, which is just right for swimming, water-skiing and taking scuba-diving lessons. The beach at Golden Sands is ideal for children of all ages too with its gently shelving sand and clean water. Kids can join in with the resort’s entertainment activities and go banana boating for smiles all round. A family boat trip will be the icing on the cake as you look at the beach from the sea and all jump in together.

With miniature golf, two karting tracks and several playgrounds, kids can do a new activity every day. Aquapolis Water Park is a firm favourite with its exhilarating slides, flumes, and shallow pools. With so many activities put on by the resort’s on-site teachers, you can even let the children play under supervision while you refresh yourself with a spa treatment. Lie back in the healing mineral baths and let any tension drift away for good.

Dining options range from taverns with traditional Bulgarian wine and cuisine to international dishes at restaurants and snack bars. There’s lots of fun to be had in the evenings. Families can see shows and watch performers after dinner and couples and friends can party in beach bars and head to the casino.

Walk the monastery at Kloster Aladzha, just 3km from the beach, and marvel at the ancient caves and catacombs. Book onto a tour to the old trading port of Varna, where you can visit museums, see the extraordinary cathedral, and even visit the huge aquarium.

Balchik is a picturesque village on sandy cliffs not far from Golden Sands, where you can get a true taste for traditional Bulgarian life and don’t forget to stop at the botanical gardens there. From day trips to ancient Nessebar to boat trips on the Black Sea, there are plenty of excursions each day during your holiday to Golden Sands Bulgaria.

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Weather In Golden Sands
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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.


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

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Golden Sands Bulgaria, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


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.


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.


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. 

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