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In Bulgaria, 378 km of coastline is waiting for you along the Black Sea! Fans of water sports will be able to enjoy their sports activities in the best conditions. Summer means a party atmosphere every day in the streets of pleasant seaside resorts: lots of stalls selling souvenirs or varied delicacies, alongside welcoming café terraces. There are many balneotherapy or thalassotherapy centres offering all types of treatments using local mineral water springs, famous for their healing powers.
Sitting 17 km to the north of Bulgaria’s third-largest city, Varna, where the Bulgarian coast is tinged with a golden glow, is Golden Sands: the country’s most popular holiday destination. It stretches for about 4 km and is around 100 m wide. A lively promenade with a happy atmosphere runs alongside this magnificent beach. Folk shows are put on near the restaurants, coffee shops, bars and little boutiques perfect for holidaymakers.
Wellness: The Golden Sands seaside resort is famous for its restorative mineral water springs. The area’s balneotherapy centres still offer affordably-priced restorative treatments using the healing powers of Black Sea salts, algae and clay.
A walk in the Stone Forest: this rare natural phenomenon to the west of Varna never fails to amaze visitors. Although at first glance the imposing stone columns may look like temple ruins, upon closer inspection visitors will see that they are in fact ancient tree trunks that are 50 million years old, which probably took their current form when the region was still under sea level.
Get the wind in your sails: a boat ride along the Bulgarian coastline offers captivating views of chic marinas, natural landscapes and unspoiled bays.
Varna: in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life, the Sea Garden park offers an 80-hectare oasis of tranquillity and relaxation, full of museums, a dolphinarium and a long beach. The well-preserved remnants of the 2nd-century Roman baths are another must-see: they are the city’s top attraction.
Cape Kaliakra: these rocky, reddish cliffs in the northern Dobruja region are almost 70 m high, and are home to a cave which has been converted into a museum of archaeological discoveries.
Only 17 km from Varna, and around 25 km from Varna Airport, Golden Sands (or ‘Zlatni Piassatsi’ in Bulgarian) is the most traditional and most popular tourist destination in the country. Ranked as Bulgaria’s top seaside resort, it has a beautiful beach. This fine sandy beach is almost 4 kilometres long and mostly slopes gently towards the sea – perfect for children. Four thermal springs bubble up near the beach (with temperatures of around 24°C). The beach backs onto a large wooded area ideal for shaded walks, especially during the heat of the afternoon. In the tourist area you’ll find all sorts of amusements, as well as a wide range of sports (tennis, mini-golf, beach volleyball, archery etc.), and water sports (water skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and much more, all with the option to take extensive).
In the evenings there are folk shows for you to watch in the restaurants – Kolibite, for example (meaning ‘huts’ in Bulgarian) – which offer special musical and cultural entertainments. Enjoy a drink and some live music in a bar, or have some fun in one of the discos or nightclubs (PR Club, Arrogance, Bonkers, etc.). Little ones can let off some steam in one of the many playgrounds, and thrill-seeking youngsters will love the Aquapolis water park, bungee jumping, bike tours and big wheel.
Cost per hire of a parasol and two sun loungers on the public beaches of the Golden Sands seaside resort is around 14,- per day.
This little seaside town is tucked away from the major tourist centres in the heart of the Dobruja countryside, on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Balchik is also home to the former summer residence and botanical garden of Queen Marie of Romania. Varna airport is approx. 50 km away.
The little town of Obzor is around 60 km from Varna (transfer time approx. 60 mins) just ahead of the rolling eastern slopes of the Balkan mountain range. The beautiful fine sandy beach is 8 km long – one of the longest in Bulgaria. Although the little seaside resort is expanding rapidly, for the moment it only offers a fraction of the amusements and shopping opportunities on offer at Golden Sands.
Cost per hire of a parasol and two sun loungers on Obzor’s public beaches is around 10,- per day.
The Albena seaside resort sits on the northern coast of the Black Sea, 35 km to the north of Varna and 12 km from Balchik, where the coast is bordered by the thick forests of the Baltata nature reserve. Lush natural surroundings, a fine sandy beach and a shallow shoreline make for excellent holidays for guests of all ages. What’s more, Albena has a wide range of sports activities for visitors to enjoy (over 20 tennis courts with the option of extensive, 7 football pitches, several multi-sports pitches and a riding club), as well as various water sports. There are three spas in Albena offering beauty treatments and fitness facilities. The town is also home to a number of bistros and shops.
All-day excursion to the Nessebar peninsula. This charming city is home to several buildings of great historical interest in a very small area (850 x 300 m). During your walk through the city you will see many churches, some of which date as far back as the 14th century. Nessebar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time during the afternoon. Lunch included.
Spend a lovely evening in a restaurant typical of the area, with a fantastic atmosphere and a delightful show including Bulgarian folklore, live music and a variety of entertainments. A quintessential Bulgarian dinner and unlimited drinks (included in the price) will be served to you at rustic wooden tables. Duration: approx. 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
This all-day excursion – a wonderful outing into the countryside – has been extremely popular with our guests for a number of years. First, you’ll visit the ‘Stone Forest’ – a rare natural phenomenon. Up next is a visit to the famous rock relief of the Madara Rider (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), followed by a stop in a house in the village of Madara. After a warm welcome and a small snack, you’ll get to watch a short folk show. Then we carry on towards a winery, complete with its own stud farm surrounded by vineyards. A homemade, organic lunch will be served to you in their picnic area, complete with magnificent views. Visit to the Salla Estate Winery with wine tasting. A short horse-riding session will be provided for children. (Lunch, wine tasting and entry included).
A real adventure for all – not to be missed. You’ll be going off the beaten path to explore the Bulgarian hinterland in robust, all-terrain vehicles (several photo stops included). You will pass through several little villages and the charming landscapes of the Bulgarian countryside. Visit to a brandy distillery, entertainments en route, cold drinks. Lunch with drinks included.
The excursions on offer, as well as their prices and times, may vary depending on the location of the hotel. Excursion prices are provided for information purposes only and may be subject to change. For more information and to book, please contact your local LuxairTours guide.