Golden Sands, Bulgaria
Golden Sands is the second largest seaside resort in Bulgaria. It is located approximately 18 kilometers north of the city center of Varna. Although smaller than Sunny Beach, which is located next to Nessebar and not far from Burgas, Golden Sands is known as much more expensive and luxurious place to rest on the Bulgarian coast, and it has a better reputation in comparison to the larger resort of Sunny Beach. The construction of the coastal resort started in August 1956. Golden Sands has something to boast about.
The beach of the famous Bulgarian resort is one of the most beautiful in Europe as a whole.
Undoubtedly, the four kilometers long stripe of fine golden sand is the main reason why the resort brings that beautiful name.
Besides having an attractive coastline, the seaside resort is surrounded by the Golden Sands Nature Park, which is the smallest in Bulgaria.
In fact, the thick forest reaches the coast itself, and the large number of luxury hotel complexes, most of which with 4 or 5 stars, are situated amidst fresh greenness.
In the area of Golden Sands you can find one of the impressive monuments in Bulgaria – Aladzha Monastery. Created in the period around 12-13 century, the rocky Orthodox monastery is not functioning today.
It was abandoned in the 18th century, and today this an incredible monument of culture.
Golden Sands attracts mainly young tourists looking for fun. The resort offers a wide variety of nightclubs as well as a large number of restaurants and bars.
Here you will find both sleek and modern nightclubs and restaurants offering old traditional Balkan atmosphere and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
The resort is an attractive gambling center for tourists from all over the world, but mostly from Israel. Here we should mention that the local casinos are considered to be some of the best in Southeastern Europe.
Over the years the resort has become one of the best holiday destinations in this part of Europe.
If you have the opportunity to look at the resort from a bird’s perspective, you will be able to enjoy an amazing and spectacular view, a combination of luxurious hotels, azure swimming pools, golden sands, deep-blue sea, dense vegetation and countless attractions.
Golden Sands is very easily accessible via the international airport of Varna, which is one of the most modern in Eastern Europe.
Golden Sands has a temperate maritime climate with Mediterranean influence, which can be felt mainly during the hot summer months.
First tourists appear on the beach in early May. The air temperature at this period is already about 22°C, but the sea water temperature is still cool and barely reach up to about 16°C.
The average daytime temperature in June is around 26 – 27°C and the water is already about 22°C.
July and August are the most popular months to visit the resort. They bring daytime temperatures of around 29 – 30°C, and the sea water temperature reaches between 24 and 28°C on average.
September comes with still mild and pleasant weather, especially in the first half of the month. The average temperature is usually about 24 – 25°C, and the sea water is still around 23°C.
The weather is usually dry and sunny, but some days are windy because of the gradual seasonal weather change. The average day duration decreases day after day.
In October are still possible some days with really good weather for the beach, but this is a rarity and usually happens mostly during the first week of the month.
The average daytime temperature in October is about 19°C. Nights are cool with temperatures of around 10°C or lower.
November is the most typical autumn month. It brings rainy but not very cold weather and temperatures of around 13 – 14°C.
December is a relatively dark and cold month. It brings a number of foggy and cloudy days with frequent rainfalls.
Snow is not very common in December but still thin and not lasting snow cover is possible. The average daytime temperature in December is approximately around 8°C.
January is the coldest part of the year in Golden Sands. The average daytime temperature is around 6°C, but sometimes it drops well below zero.
During the second half of the month are some the coldest days of the year. Sometimes the frequent strong northeastern wind creates an unpleasant feeling of much colder weather.
Some days are snowy, but normally the snow cover doesn’t last for long.
February is also very cold, but winter gradually loses its power, and the average temperature reaches up to approximately 7 – 8°C.
Snowfalls and frost are not excluded but less frequent than in January. February is the month with the least amount of precipitation for the year.
March brings better temperatures of about 11 – 12°C. Some days are colder and wet snow is still possible, but the weather quickly becomes milder, and the snow melts immediately.
The weather is quite variable, and the number of hours of sun shining significantly increases.
In April temperatures grow up rapidly, and the weather warms up day after day. The average temperature is about 16°C but is usually higher at the end of the month.
April brings quite rainy weather so normally everything becomes very green. During some more sunny days thermometers reach up to about 20°C.