Keep cool by trying the twenty outdoor swimming pools, take a dip in the clear blue sea or relax on the soft golden sand that stretches from one end of the resort to the other. A holiday here wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the mineral spas and if you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, you will be pleased to hear there are plenty of fun activities such as mini golf, discos and a water park!
Head south to the nearby city of Varna where you will find even more attractions including an aquarium, dolphinarium and museums. Check out the Aladzha Rock Monastery and admire the effort it must have taken for it to have been carved into the rock face. Back at the resort, explore the many themed restaurants and grab a bite to eat from the long, varied menus. The numerous bars and clubs offer all of the evening entertainment you will need and there are also family friendly places if the kids want to stay up late.
The luxurious resort of Golden Sands on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast is the perfect destination for families and groups of friends, as there are many fun activities, a stunning stretch of golden coastline, numerous themed restaurants, a lively nightlife, plenty of shops and fascinating nearby attractions. Here you can enjoy a relaxing break or a fun filled getaway with lots of action and excitement.
Aladzha Rock Monastery
Only four kilometres from the resort is where you will find the fascinating Aladzha Rock Monastery, an orthodox Christian monastery, which has been carved into a huge cliff face. Inside the impressive interior you will find what remains of beautiful mosaics and on the outside you can explore the beautiful surroundings. Nearby you will find a collection of caves referred to as the catacombs, which is also a must visit attraction for anyone visiting Golden Sands.
City of Varna
As Bulgaria’s third largest city, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular excursion for those visiting Golden Sands, as it offers a number of attractions and activities that are sure to keep you busy. Best of all, you won’t have to travel far to visit the city, as it is only 17 kilometres to the south. Varna attractions include the Varna Aquarium, which focuses on the sea life of the Black Sea. There are over 100 species here, so you will have plenty of things to see and learn about. Continue the sea life orientated fun by visiting Varna Dolphinarium, where you will get to see some awesome dolphin shows. The city’s archaeological museum boasts a huge collection of artifacts such as the Gold of Varna and others discovered in this region of Bulgaria and is well worth a look.
Not only will you have the beautiful blue sea at your disposal when getting ready for a swim but you will also have twenty outdoor swimming pools throughout the resort. These are great for everyone, as they offer a controlled swimming environment, making them especially great for families with young children.
There’s nothing more refreshing than keeping active whilst on holiday and thanks to the active community, you will have plenty of sports to try during your Golden Sands holiday. With more than thirty tennis courts, it’s the ideal place for wearing in your racquet and there are also places where you can enjoy a challenging game of basketball or volleyball, which is great with friends or family members. You can also have a go at archery and paintball is perfect if you’re after an adrenaline rush!
Like all excellent coastal resorts with irresistible beaches and clear warm waters, Golden Sands offers many water sports throughout the year. Jet skiing, water skiing, surfing, yachting and others await you during your holiday to this unforgettable holiday destination.
There are numerous mineral spas within the resort that are said by the locals to have the power to heal. The best way to find out for sure is to try them for yourself and you will at least have a very relaxing experience, which will have you feeling refreshed and energised.
Entertainment for kids
As well as twenty swimming pools and a selection of sports on land and on the water, there are also numerous activities designed with kids in mind. Keep them entertained at the local aqua park, have a game of Mini Golf, let them ride a pony or have a fun time at one of the discos.
Although some sections of the beach are privately owned or for guests at certain hotels, the majority of it is freely available for public use, so you will never be short places to relax on the sand no matter which part of the resort you’re staying in. The sand is plenty soft enough to lie on but if you want to relax in style hire one of the many sun beds with mattresses for added comfort. If you’re planning on spending quite a while on the beach, it’s advised that you hire a parasol, so you will have the option of taking a break in shade when it gets hot. This is a great way to keep the kids cool, as they will no doubt want to run, explore and play.
The sea is warm in the summer and a lovely shade of blue giving a superb contrast against the light coloured sand. The calm waters are perfect for kids who want to go for a paddle and the waters are also very shallow close to the shore. It’s also ideal for swimmers and offers you the perfect way to cool down after a long day soaking up the sizzling golden sunshine.
With a name like Golden Sands, you can be pretty sure that the resort is focused around a gorgeous stretch of golden coastline, with soft sand and waters that are an irresistible shade of blue. This huge beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in Europe and it has Blue Flag status, which means that the sand and the water are kept clean.
Sinbad is another fantastic themed resort, this time focusing on Lebanese food. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun with belly dancers showing off their skills to the diners. If you fancy trying some traditional Bulgarian cuisine, Chiflika restaurant is where you’ll want to go. It not only serves traditional food but boasts a very traditional atmosphere making it the perfect place for a real feel of Bulgarian culture.
If you’re after a steak then the Old Lighthouse Saint Nikolas is the best place in town. Here you can order a tasty steak cooked to your preference and for those who fancy something else the menu is sure to please. These aren’t the only restaurants in the resort, so make sure you explore the streets to discover and try each and every one!
Golden Sands definitely won’t disappoint when it comes to restaurants, as there are many throughout the resort, all offering tasty meals across numerous menus. If you like themed eateries then this is the place to be, as there are some very imaginative places where you can grab a delicious bite to eat. Golden Dreams is one of the most impressive, as it’s located within an old galleon (pirate ship), which has been placed on land overlooking the beach.
If you fancy the ultimate clubbing experience go to the Magura Club or Arrogance club where you will find a lively and friendly atmosphere with excellent music and a selection of your favourite drinks at reasonable prices. Papaya Disco and Bonkers Disco are also fun places to spend some time and dance into the evening and there is also the Alarma Disco Club and the Malibu Nightclub to check out.
If you would prefer something a little more chilled, pick one of the many bars along the seafront or in the centre of the resort and enjoy socialising with cocktail in hand. Try the Baywatch Beach Bar or spend some time in the Daiquiri Cocktail Bar.
As one of the most popular places for nightlife in Bulgaria, you will never be too far from a lively club or bar where you can have fun when the sun goes down.
If you would prefer a more modern shopping experience then head south to the city of Varna where you will find even more fantastic shops and the Varna Mall, home to numerous shops offering all kinds of modern goods. From fashionable clothing and sportswear to jewelry and home wares, the mall has everything you could need.
You will be pleasantly surprised when it comes to shops around Golden Sands, as they are not all your run of the mill high street stores. If you’re looking for something unique to bring home as a souvenir, try wondering the beach front and the inner streets, as you will come across quaint market stalls offering handmade goods including leather and ceramics. The ceramic pots are quite popular, as you can see them being made and hand painted. These are quite unique and ‘one-of-a-kind’ so why not snap one up.