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MAJOR LOCATIONS IN BULGARIA

GOLDEN SANDS

The resort of Golden Sands is the largest one on the Northern Black Sea coast (more than 1800 hectares). It is situated 19 km north-east of Varna, 490 km east of Sofia. North of the resort is the village of Kranevo and south is Chaika holiday village. Golden Sands merges with the St. St. Konstantin and Elena Resort and Riviera resort. The area is labelled to have the purest quartz sand on the coast and abounds in old trees, landscaped gardens, and pedestrian malls. Golden Sands authorities resist demands to provide more automobile roads and parking lots, citing the resort's reputation as family friendly, green, and largely pedestrian place.

In Turkish times the area was called Quzounkoum, meaning literally "long sands". It was not inhabited up to the 1950s. The resort’s construction started in 1957 and in about two decades the area was transformed into a modern holiday complex with more than 100 hotels, numerous restaurants, bungalows, camping sites, etc.

WHAT TO DO

The constant temperature of about 27°C and the microclimate of Golden Sands throughout the season make it a wonderful place for having a rest and fun. There is a casino, many bars, mini- golf playground, horse-carriages and attractive carts, water slides, good conditions and equipment for practising all kinds of water sports. A number of famous events take place here: the Strongest Man Competition, Miss and Mister "Golden Sands" Competition, competitions for all breeds of dogs, Satellite Tennis Tournament, Old-fashioned Auto Rally, International Festival for Standard and Sport Dances, etc.

VICINITY

Some interesting places to visit near Golden Sands are Alaja rock monastery. It hosted Hesychasts in 12th century and has an interesting history. Nowadays only a small part of the frescoes are preserved but the experience of being in a monastery nestled on a high steep rock is unforgettable. The monastery is declared a cultural sight and houses a small museum.
Hot mineral water springs and lush woodlands cascading from the Frangen Plateau, forming the Golden Sands Nature Park, turn the town into one of the most popular tourist spots in Eastern Europe. It also comprises the Holiday Club Riviera luxury resort, several villa communities including Panorama, Chaika, Kabakum, and Alen Mak, and the historic grotto of Aladzha Monastery in the vicinity. A contemporary chapel of John the Baptist was recently added. Three 18-hole golf courses designed by Gary Player and Ian Woosnam are being developed around Balchik and Kavarna a short drive to the north.

SPORTS

Golden Sands offers a wealth of sports facilities, including tennis, minigolf, cycling and ten-pin bowling, together with water sports such as windsurfing, jet skis, pedaloes, yachting and banana rides. Nearby is the fun Aquapolis Waterpark, while in the resort the excellent PADI Deep Blue Diving Centre offers a full range of courses for children and adults.
In St. St. Konstantin and Elena resort you will find pedaloes, tennis, cycling, ten-pin bowling.

TRANSPORT

The transport between Golden Sands and the big city of Varna is well organised. Apart from the bus lines connecting the resort to the city and to the airport as well, there are a lot of minibuses and private taxis.

Photos: BeachBulgaria.com

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