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Golden Sands Varna

Golden Sands is the largest resort on the Northern Black Sea coast spanning an area of more than 1800 hectares. It is a magnificent resort situated 19 km north-east of Varna near the Golden Sands National Park, with a white golden beach and clear blue sea surrounded by richly wooded hills.

Golden Sands Beaches
The beach strip on the resort is 3.5 km. long and up to 100 m wide. The average atmospheric temperature is around 27 to 30 degrees in summer with the water temperature between 25 and 28 degrees. Golden Sands has become a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world especially the United Kingdom, France, Scandinavia, Germany, Russia, the Persian Gulf, Israel and other countries. Most of the tourists are attracted by the favorable climate, scenic landscape and the reasonable prices.

Golden Sands History
There is an old legend about how the place came to be called Golden sands. The legend states that pirates dug up a huge treasure of gold in the seaside north of Varna and the land took revenge on the bandits and transformed the gold into wonderful sand. The Golden Sands Resort development started in the year 1957 and within about two decades, the place has been was transformed into a modern holiday complex with numerous hotels, restaurants, clubs, apartment buildings and villas.

Golden Sands Facilities
The resort has lots of recreational activities, a variety of entertainment, sport and spa treatment. It is a virtual paradise for children and a truly restful holiday for parents. The resort has won the prestigious Blue Flag international ecology prize a number of times.

A number of spa centers, casinos, shopping centers and sports facilities, including a yacht marina, a horse riding school, and the Aquapolis water park have sprung up of late. The hotels in Golden Sands reportedly had over 30,000 beds in 2007, whereas some unofficial estimates put it near 90,000 at present. Golden Sands now being an internationally famous beach resort gets very busy from May till late September.

Accommodation
Accommodation of various kinds and suiting different budgets are available in Golden Sands. The following are VIP Hotels & Clubs in the resort:

Hotel Imperial
http://www.goldensands.bg/imperial/

Hotel Admiral
http://www.goldensands.bg/admiral/

Hotel Marina
http://www.goldensands.bg/marina/

Hotel Riviera Beach
http://www.goldensands.bg/rivierabeach/

Visitors looking for less expensive but yet good hotels for their stay can try many of the 2 Star Hotels in and around the resort. Some of the 2 Star Hotels include Briz, Diana, Horizont, Slavei, Warshawa, Zora, Malina, Zdravetz, Chaika, Rai, Tsarevets and Vivian. For a more comprehensive list of inexpensive hotels, kindly visit the link below.
http://www.goldensands.bg/hotel/

Villas
Oasis Villas - http://www.goldensands.bg/oasisvillas/
Morski Bryag - http://www.goldensands.bg/morskibrqg/

Balneotherapy
Golden Sands has several mineral springs in its vicinity that are believed to give health and beauty all year round. A kind of natural therapy using these nature’s resources known as Balneotherapy is offered in several balneotherapy and fitness centers in the resort. Over 100 different kinds of medical services, combined with various treatment and recuperation programs are offered in these health centers. The resort's natural factors like pleasant climate, sea water, clean air, the presence of salts and microelements, curative mud and different kinds of herbs are used in these treatments. It is claimed that arthritis, bronchitis, asthma and various other ailments are successfully treated at the balneotherapy centers.

Children's activities
The resort organizes many sports competitions, games and other interesting activities especially for children. Puppet shows featuring their favorite characters are organized to attract and amuse children of all ages. Children can also ride ponies and learn to shoot with bows and arrows at the sports center. There is also children’s railways, Slalom slide, inflatable castles, mini golf, computer and electronic games, Rolba slide and water toboggans.

Other Attractions
The cultural and information center in the resort organizes several rich, versatile and interesting concert programs, folk music performances and shows in the open. The center also puts up exhibitions of Bulgarian artists, organizes courses in the Bulgarian language, folk songs and dances and hosts trendy fashion shows. Visitors can take part in the Strongest Man Competition, Miss and Mister “Golden Sands” Competition, beauty contests and beer festivals, Satellite Tennis Tournament, an old-fashioned auto rally and the International Varna Summer Festival of opera, ballet, theatre and jazz music.

Transportation
The transport between Varna and Golden Sands is well organized. Due to a healthy competition between tour operators, the prices of the tickets are moderate. Many bus routes of the Varna public transit system - buses 9, 89 and 109 run from the Varna railway station to the resort and 209 and 309 connect to other areas of the city, and 409 connects to the airport via the city centre. Apart from the bus lines connecting the resort to the city and to the airport, there are a lot of minibuses and private taxis in operation for the convenience of tourists.