25 Feb 2015

Top 5 Things to See & Do in Golden Sands

As a popular alternative to the southern Bulgarian resort of Sunny Beach, holidays to Golden Sands provide holidaymakers with everything they need from a summer break plus so much more. Located just a few kilometres from the bustling historical city of Varna, Golden Sands offers a fulfilling mix of entertainment and relaxation all set in one of the most picturesque natural environments found in the Balkan region. Named after the nearby national park, the resort of Golden Sands extends a warm welcome to all who visit it with wooded hillsides sweeping down to meet one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines, the Black Sea Coast.

Holidays to Golden Sands
Escape to a summer holiday by the sea with glorious scenery in Golden Sands

The resort's pristine EU Blue Flag awarded beach is perfect for lazing around in the hot Bulgarian sun or simply spending quality time together with friends or family in the soft golden beach sand. Although this may already sound like your ideal holiday destination, Golden Sands doesn't stop there with a wide range of excursions and activities on hand to complete your summer holiday experience. Here is our list of the top 5 things to see and do when on your holiday to Golden Sands:

1. Day trips to Romania 

With its northern position close to the border of Romania, holidays to Golden Sands give you the opportunity to experience another incredible country in just one day. Setting out in the morning you travel across the border to the city of Constanţa, also known as the ancient city of Tomis, Romania's oldest extant city founded around 600BC. There, a guided bus tour of the city awaits providing a perfect opportunity for you to take in the many sights and sounds of this great city including the Port of Constanţa, Casino, Great Mosque and Roman Catholic Cathedral. Once the bus tour is complete there is free time to explore the city or visit the enlightening archaeological museum. In the afternoon the tour moves on to the nearby seaside resort of Mamaia for a light lunch and more free time to dip your toes or go shopping in the impressive resort shopping mall. Before the day is out you will find yourself back in Golden Sands ready for a night out to celebrate and talk about the days highlights.

Romanian Casino Constanţa
The impressive Constanţa Casino building is popular with visitors to the city
 
2. Lazy Day Cruise 

If you are looking to add a bit of romance to your holiday a lazy day cruise is the perfect activity for you. Spend the day with your loved one slowly cruising along the Black Sea Coastline stopping off at various scenic locations. The lazy day cruise gives you the opportunity to try your hand at fishing or take a swim in the warm sea water culminating in a delicious lunch served on board. The panoramic sights of the coastline and romantic cruise atmosphere is sure to bring you and your partner even closer on your summer holiday to Golden Sands.

Black Sea Coast Cruise
Holidaymakers enjoy the unique views of the Black Sea Coast the cruise offers

 3. Country & People 

You've seen the commercialized beach resort but perhaps you want to experience the authentic everyday lives and culture of the local Bulgarian residents in their natural environment? The country & people excursion gives you the chance to visit one of the many nearby villages to talk with locals and see inside their houses and local church. Sit down for lunch with a typical Bulgarian household before heading off to a privately run bee farm with a chance to sample some home made yoghurt too. You are then taken for a donkey cart drive before tasting selected Bulgarian wines and brandy in the local town wine cellar. One thing the excursion is sure to guarantee is a fascinating and insightful day, giving you a new profound understanding of the Bulgarian culture.

Local towns in Varna
Visitors are welcomed by the local Bulgarian people on a visit to their town
 
4.  The Sea Garden

As one of the oldest and perhaps largest parks in Bulgaria, the park was built at the request of municipality in 1894. There is a long alley in the park focusing on the Bulgarian revival with busts of the most honorable figures from the era. The Park is a perfect place for a pleasant walk, bicycle ride or outdoor sports. It is also home to a zoo and terrarium. The waterfront promenade of the park is lined by a string of beach clubs offering a vibrant scene of rock, hip-hop, American-style pop, house, and chalga (Bulgarian pop folk). The city beaches, also known as sea baths are dotted with hot sulphuric mineral springs and punctured by small sheltered marinas. The Garden is a national monument of landscape architecture.

The Park is a perfect place for a pleasant walk, bicycle ride or outdoor sports

5. Balkan Fiesta 

Easily the highlight of any holiday to Golden Sands, the Balkan Fiesta gives you a rare chance to enjoy the magic of Bulgarian dances, the colour and rhythm of the variety show and the best live music ever! Set in the hilly forest, guests are treated to a magnificent show with unlimited wine and soft drinks accompanied by a delicious buffet style dinner to ensure an unforgettable evening of joy and laughter. The evening ends with a demonstration of the Bulgarian fire walking ritual which will leave you amazed.

Golden Sands Fiesta Bulgaria
The Balkan Holidays Fiesta offers a night of fun and dance for all ages
 
Making our top 5 was no easy task as there is such a variety of exciting and interesting things to see and do when in Golden Sands, but if you are planning on visiting the resort be sure to speak to our friendly Balkan Holidays representative for a comprehensive guide to the activities and excursions available. To find out more about our Golden Sands Holidays or to book early & save visit our website.