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Golden Sands is a purpose built resort, a few kilometres south of Albena, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. As the name suggests, it has a wonderful sandy beach which is washed by the gentle, clear blue waters of Varna Bay. It is very popular with British tourist looking for a relaxing beach holiday on a low budget. The golden beach is almost four kilometres long and is edged by a wide promenade. The sand shelves gently into the clear blue sea where a variety of water sports are offered. Most of the accommodation is close to the beach, as are the many restaurants and cafes which serve a wide variety of food. Golden Sands nightlife is vibrant with lively bars, taverns, discos and nightclubs.
A Golden Sands holiday offers a great beach holiday with good amenities and a range of recreational activities. It is considered to be good value for money.
A Golden Sands holiday is perfect for those on a budget who want to relax in the sun, bathe in warm clear waters and expend a little energy on water sports. With a guarantee of summer sunshine and a range of recreational activities both in and out of the water, Golden Sands will keep the whole family entertained without breaking the bank.
Golden Sands caters for all age ranges from young adults to families and to pensioners. It is not uncommon to see three generations holidaying together and enjoying the many attractions. Those seeking a more active holiday will find a large range of sporting activities both in and out of the water. The lively nightlife attracts groups of young adults.
The summer season lasts from April to October with average temperatures of twenty-eight degrees and with a daily average of eight hours of sunshine
Golden Sands, or Zlatni Pyuastsi, is the largest resort on the northern coastline. It is purpose built and not the most attractive of places, but if you are looking for a budget beach holiday with plenty of affordable activities, this is the place for you. Much of the accommodation is comprised of high rise hotels and apartments which offer good amenities. Golden Sands has a large number of eateries serving an eclectic menu which satisfies all tastes and its many bars, pubs and clubs provide an exuberant nightlife. There are shops for essentials as well gifts and holiday souvenirs. There are also street bazaars where you can haggle over bargains.
The beach at Golden Sands slopes gently into the clear waters of the Black Sea giving safe conditions for children and less confident swimmers. A promenade runs along the length of the beach and is filled with bars, cafes and tourist shops. Many water sports are available with sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing, jet skiing, para-sailing and fishing. On land, you can try your hand at bowling, golfing, tennis and horse riding. There is also a children’s sports centre with water slides and bouncy castles. The Aquapolis Water Park is nearby and offers fun for all the family.
Although Golden Sands is without history there are a number of historic sightseeing opportunities in the area. The old town of Balchik is certainly worth a visit with its botanical gardens. Other villages are Obrochishte with its Ottoman fortress and Kranevo with its Roman remains.
A Golden Sand holiday offers sun, sea and sand, interspersed with a wide variety of sporting activities and, if you desire, a little culture on the side.
Golden Sands nightlife is provided by the many bars, pubs, discos and clubs where parties continue until dawn. There is also a casino for those who enjoy a holiday flutter.
Golden Sands has a large number of tourist shops, as well as outdoor bazaars, selling the usual range of holiday gifts and souvenirs. Many of these are locally crafted with wood carvings, boxes, leather goods and hand embroidered linens being popular purchases.
Golden Sands has a large number of restaurants serving a wide variety of food from pizzas to kebabs, and from fine dining to fast foods. Traditional dishes are generally spicy with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Stuffed vine leaves and peppers are popular. Try the speciality ‘Banista’ a cheese pie which melts in the mouth.
Bulgaria is a large European wine producer. The north is noted for its whites and the south for its reds. They are of good quality and are inexpensive.