The now traditional annual sand sculpture festival which was first established in 2008 is a must-see, with enormous sand sculptures made from a special mix of sand and clay which isn't affected by the rain. Worldwide artists from 9 countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Ireland, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria have created sculptures using around 3500 tons of the special sand with some of the masterpieces over 8 metres tall. Special night lighting and security complement the unique charm of this "city of sand".
The festival is expected to attract thousands more Bulgarians and foreign tourists spending their vacation on Bulgaria's southern Black Sea coast before it ends on September 30th or the beginning of October if the weather is favourable. The theme for this year's sand sculpture festival is "famous names" and visitors to the festival will be able to see sculptures of internationally renown figures both past and present including Quentin Tarantino, Charles Darwin, Steve Jobs, Khan Krum, The Beatles, Einstein and Lady Gaga.
Below is the official video from the festival showing the spectacular opening show: