I’d never particularly fancied going on holiday to Bulgaria so when my husband Peter had said he’d booked us a week in Golden Sands I was a little apprehensive to say the least! But when we arrived for our holiday last summer I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know why I’d been so worried! The resort is set in a really pretty location and was surrounded by lush greenery. The beach was really beautiful and clean. It’s easy to see why it was awarded EU Blue Flag status. It was really hot too, which was fantastic for my tan.
Across the beach sun beds were plentiful and inexpensive to rent for the day. There were plenty of tavernas and beach side cafes to grab a snack or two and a chilled drink during the day. The sea was so inviting, it was so warm and turquoise. Along the beach a variety on water sports were available. Peter and I had always talked about going scuba diving and when we found out that Golden Sands had its own PADI school we both thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out. The instructor was fantastic and we both felt really safe. Diving amongst the coral reef was incredible and rainbow of tropical fish was astounding. I really can’t believe we didn’t try this sooner, it was amazing, and certainly won’t be our last time.
Towards the end of our week we went to the Aladzha Monastery which is carved into the limestone rocks above the resorts. It spanned over two floors and consists of two churches, a monk’s cell and a chapel amongst several other rooms. The monastery dates back to the 12th century and its architecture is extraordinary. Well worth visiting if you’re in the resort. At night the resort really does come alive. We had such a great time and there are some lovely bars and restaurants throughout so we ate somewhere different each night. I have been completely converted about Bulgaria, and would definitely recommend scuba diving!
Lianne B, Inverness