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Holidays in Golden Sands Resort

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. Its 4km beach has clean sand, crystal clear water and a beachfront promenade that's packed with bars and shops. The seaside resort in northern Bulgaria enjoys a mild year-round climate and there are a number of activities, both in and out of the waves, for children and adults to enjoy.

30 °C

Best time to visit: June to September

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.

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When you're not swimming in the sea or sunbathing on the beach, you can enjoy water sports such as windsurfing or scuba-diving. Other popular activities in Golden Sands include riding the slides at Aquapolis waterpark or taking a yacht excursion to the peaceful, rugged coastlines nearby. The resort also features ‘balneotherapy’, which is a spa treatment that makes use of four natural mineral springs in Golden Sands. Evening entertainment includes a variety show at the casino and seafront nightclubs for drinks and dancing.

At 100 metres 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. Beach volleyball, tennis, sailing and fishing are other sporty things to do in Golden Sands. From the marina, take a yacht excursion to a secluded beach or join an evening party cruise on the sea. You can even hire your own yacht and throw a private party.

Away from the beach, there are many family-friendly things to do in Golden Sands, such as miniature golf, two karting tracks and several playgrounds. Take the kids to Aquapolis Water Park for water slides and a mini climbing wall. Then pamper yourself with a hotel spa treatment that uses the healing properties from Golden Sands’ four natural mineral springs. Dining options range from taverns with traditional Bulgarian wine and cuisine to international dishes at restaurants and snack bars. Evening entertainment includes beachfront bars and discos, as well as variety shows and more.

One of the most popular places to visit in Golden Sands is Kloster Aladzha; a monastery three kilometres inland from the beach. There, you can walk among the extraordinary medieval caves and catacombs carved into the rock cliffs. Organised trips venture to Balchik, a picturesque village on sandy cliffs, 13 kilometres from the resort. The nearest city is Varna, only 18 kilometres away. As Bulgaria’s third largest city, it offers plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment.

GOLDEN SANDS IS BEST FOR...

Families: Search for buried treasure on a Pirate Party boating excursion.

Sightseers: Visit the monastery Kloster Aladzha and wind through the labyrinth of rock caves.

Couples: Watch the sun set on a romantic dinner yacht cruise.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Golden Sands is Bulgarian.

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

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

Fly to: Varna International Airport (VAR), 26km from Golden Sands.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes non-stop from London.

Tourist information: Further Golden Sands tourist information can be found at http://goldensands.bg/

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


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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 hottest temperatures, but June and September are less crowded. Many hotels and restaurants are closed in winter.


GETTING AROUND

By foot: The beach promenade, with many cafés, bars and shops, is only about 1.6 kilometres (one mile) long.

By train: A 'mini-train' trolley carries tourists along the promenade, from one end of the beach to the other.

By bike: Cycle hire is available in Golden Sands.

By bus: Buses run regularly between the resort and both Varna’s rail station and the international airport.


EVENTS

Competitions: There are plenty of beer festivals, beauty contests, beach volleyball tournaments and yachting regattas held throughout the summer months.

Kid-friendly: The resort organises many beachfront games and puppet shows for children’s entertainment.

Folk music: Varna hosts the International Varna Summer Festival each year, which offers a diverse programme of opera, theatre, jazz music and folklore.


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