Golden Sands is located in the northern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, surrounded by a nature reserve of the same name. The third largest city in Bulgaria - Varna is 17 km south of Golden Sands.
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The resort has over 50 hotels with a standard of 2 to 5 stars situated in the natural for the area wooded vegetation. The terrain is hilly, gradually decreasing to the sea level, allowing many of the hotels on the second and third lines to have a sea view. The beach is made of fine golden sand, and is about 3.5 km long and up to 100 m wide, with most hotels within 500 meters, or within 10 minutes on foot. The active season is from May to October, the most preferable period is from mid-June to late September when air temperatures are between 25 and 35 degrees and sea water between 20 C and 25 C.
Restaurants and bars
Golden Sands offers a balanced choice of clubs, bars and restaurants with different themes, offering different styles, music, tastes and atmosphere. The seaside alley is an excellent choice for an evening walk, romantic dinner, or dancing till dawn. You do not need to have an unlimited budget, the prices are more than acceptable. Dinner for two within 20-40 euro in a restaurant, doner or pizza on one of the street pavilions - 2-5 euro, and in bars and clubs - a glass of beer or other alcoholic drinks and cocktails within 1-4 euro are the usual price levels In Golden Sands.
Sports and activity
Golden Sands is surrounded by a nature reserve, which provides a wonderful opportunity for a walk among the untouched by human hand natural for the vegetation. There are several well-marked routes that will take you to incredible panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding area. There is an aqua park in the western part of the complex. The whole day price per person is 17 euros, for children up to 1.20 meters - 8.50 euros, and children up to 0.90 meters - free of charge.
Many resort hotels offer an animation program with daily sports such as water gymnastics, aerobics, and dancing. On the beach you will find plenty of opportunities for water sports such as skiing, parasailing, water skiing, banana boating at prices from 30 euros for 20 minutes. Beach volleyball, mini golf, windsurfing, diving courses are just some of the other opportunities for active rest In Golden Sands.
The resort has three zones where you can find concentrated shops - these are the lanes between Shipka Hotel and Bonita Hotel, Astera Hotel and Admiral Hotel along the beach as well as the promenade between Melia Grand Hermitage and Astoria Hotel. Of course these are small shops for clothes, souvenirs and beach goods rather than outlets of world brands. You have far more choice in Varna, 17 km. from Golden Sands where, apart from the central pedestrian zone, shops are also in Mall Varna and Grand Mall.
The national currency of Bulgaria is Leva. Bank card payments are accepted in most stores and venues, but exceptions are possible. Cash payments are also accepted almost exclusively in leva. The official bank rate of the euro to leva is 1 euro = 1.95 leva. There are exchange bureaux in the hotels and alleys of the resort where 1 euro is exchanged differently within the range of 1.80 - 1.90 leva. In order to avoid hidden commissions and fees it is advisable to exchange currency at a bank (the best option) at the hotel or if you do so in an exchange office, you should be informed in advance of the amount in leva you will receive for the euro amount. Changing on the street from random people is a guarantee of fraud.
Sunbeds and parasols on the beach
The sunbeds and the parasols on the guarded beaches on the Bulgarian black sea coast are against charge. The price is being set in the beginning of every summer season. Depending on the location of the beach the price vary in the range 5 - 15 leva (2,5 - 7,5 euro ) per day per parasol and 5 - 15 leva (2,5 - 7,5 euro ) per day per sunbed. Some hotels offer 2 sunbeds and 1 parasol per room free of charge as part of their all inclusive program.
For all people traveling by car it is important to know that the parking space in the most hotels on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is very limited. Even if you read in the hotel description that the hotel has a parking space there might be no free space available as you arrive, especially in July and August. The hotel does not guarantee available parking space. Unfortunately it is not possible to reserve a parking place in advance. The good news is that on the most hotel receptions you will receive information about alternative parking lots nearby where you can leave your car.
In the most cases the parking lot is outdoor and unguarded. In very few cases there is indoor garage or guarded parking.
The price is usually 10 – 15 leva (5 – 7,5 euro) per day per car. It may vary depending on the period of stay. There are hotels which offer a free parking space (upon availability).
The emergency telephone number in Bulgaria is 112. Most hotels have a doctor on contract who can be called if necessary. It is important to know that this is an expensive service. It is advisable to make additional health insurance before you depart and to get information about the medical centers on spot your insurer works with and if necessary contact one of them directly. For citizens of the EU, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, medical assistance in state hospitals (closest in Varna) is free of charge when providing a European Health Insurance Card.