The Golden Sands
An affordable holiday spot that just keeps giving, the Golden Sands resort is one of the biggest on the Black Sea Coast and has so much to offer to every kind of holidaymaker.
Stealing the limelight is its four-kilometre stretch of Golden Sands. Along with a Blue Flag status, it boasts some of the purest sands, bath-warm waters and has plenty of sunbeds to lounge on. There’s no rocks in the sea here making it a great spot for swimmers, including shallow area options for the little ones.
It’s not all about kicking back basking in the sunshine, especially when there’s so many water sports and activities available. Have you ever seen yourself as a PADI-licensed diver? Here you can gain that status, that’s if you’re not too busy trying your hand at paragliding, parachuting or joining in with a spot of volleyball. Refreshing drinks, snacks and of course ice cream spots are always close by to keep those energy levels up.
The Party Street
With the clue in the name, Party Street is the place to be when the sun goes down. Buzzing with happy hour cocktail bars, casinos and neon-lit clubs, it’s a prime place to go for an unforgettable pub-crawl. One of the hotspots here is the Muppet Bar – offering a different experience to house and techno this place has the karaoke on every night along with plenty of cheap drink options. For a more laid-back evening, there’s a restaurant and bar that’s shaped exactly like the Eiffel Tower, head up to the top for some fantastic views of the promenade.
Big on nature
Beyond the prominent beach, there’s plenty to see in the Golden Sands resort as the surrounding area is made up of picturesque countryside. Just a five-minute drive inland will bring you to the Golden Sands Nature Park – the perfect place for a free day out. This protected area is home to more than 500 species of plants, plus it’s a great place to head for some wildlife spotting. Whether you choose to walk, cycle or even horse-ride around the park, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for roaming roe deer’s, badgers and wild boars.
Shop 'til you drop
For the shopaholics there’s souvenir stalls where you can grab yourself a bargain to take home including things like local pottery pieces and handmade embroidery. Or if you’re a fashionista looking for some trendy pieces at low prices, there’s a bus that’s less that gets you to Bulgaria’s third biggest city, Varna in less than half an hour. Here there’s a number of reasonably priced department stores and a cut-rate market by the cathedral.
Once you’ve had enough of shopping, there’s plenty more to see in the Varna region. This place is brimming with historical sites including the Aladzha monastery which dates back to the 13th-century, along with the Ovech fortress dating back to the 4th- century. If you fancy a challenging climb, there’s the option to head up the fortress stairs that are etched into the rock, and once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with some outstanding panoramic views. After that, take your pick from the Archaeological Museum, the zoo or the perfect picnic spot in the Sea Garden Park.
Much more than the beach
History lovers listen up, it is rumoured that the treasured town of Golden Sands gets its name from the fact that it was once raided by pirates who discovered a ton of gold here. Mother Nature then transformed this gold into the long, medallion, stretch of sand that it is today.
Beaches aren’t the only thing that this Bulgarian resort does well, it’s also got affordable entertainment options covered too, particularly for those that are holidaying with little ones. We’re talking mini golf, go-karting and fairground rides, including a Ferris wheel where you can get some impressive views of the coastline. The best part is, this entertainment is within walking distance of most of the hotels, meaning you won’t have to spend a penny on transport.
Speaking of coastline, along the front you’ll find a buzzing promenade packed with low-cost restaurants, cocktail bars and coffee shops. If you’re on a self-catering holiday in Golden Sands, no matter what food you fancy, you’re guaranteed to find it along the sea front. For those wanting to fully immerse themselves in the Bulgarian culture, most restaurants serve up their delicious specialities. Must-try dishes include Tarator – a unique soup which is surprisingly refreshing made with yoghurt, cucumber and dill. Or there’s the traditional baked pumpkin pastry – Banitsa.
Another fantastic added touch is the family-friendly Aquapolis waterpark. Located in a fairy-tail like forest on the resorts north-west tip, this place caters to everyone. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker wanting to zoom down the Kamikaze or prefer a laid-back lazy river, the option is there. Thanks to their affordable admission prices, spending the day here won’t break the bank and little ones can get in free of charge.
For a taste of the high-life without breaking the bank, the five-star Melia Hotel Grand Hermitage is another reasonably cheap hotel option in Golden Sands. This property gets full marks for its beside-the-beach location and family-friendly activities. There's two pools out on a tiered terrace, gardens with waterslides and an outdoor adventure course. Throw in Broadway-style shows, a luxury spa and seriously impressive show-cooking stations and you're all set for an unforgettable holiday.
For an All Inclusive getaway that's easy on the wallet, the Lti Dolce Vita Hotel has it all. It's got the looks thanks to its infinity-edged pools, modern rooms and trendy art-inspired bar. It's got enough entertainment to keep you occupied from day to night with water sports, dance shows and live music. And it's got dining options down to a tee with an around-the-world buffet and themed restaurants including Bulgarian of course.
When it comes to cheap hotels in Golden Sands, Bulgaria the SuneoClub Odessos has plenty to offer. Fantastically located, you'll find the beach and town centre just a five-minute stroll way. As for the hotel itself, it was tailor-made for long days chilling out by the pool so you can of course expect an impressive swim scene, including a dedicated a splash area for the kids. The international buffet restaurant and snack bar take care of your food, whilst the entertainment team are on hand daily to make sure you have a fun-filled holiday.