A brief history of Golden Sands, Bulgaria

Even if Bulgaria has risen in popularity in the past two decades in terms of being increasingly demanded destination for summer vacations, the country actually has a relatively short history of seaside tourism. Putting aside private residences, in Bulgaria, Golden Sands hotels were the first to ever welcomed guests and it happened little more than 60 years ago.


A seaside resort embraced by a natural park


The wonderful 5 miles long sand strip is enclosed by a natural park which was, in fact, the first to bear the name Golden Sands. The proclamation of the special territory happened in 1943, so the scene in 2018 is dedicated to 75th-anniversary celebration. The seaside resort inaugurated in 1956 is situated in the footsteps of the natural park. So, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, Golden Sands hotels stand tall for six decades now but the vast majority of the buildings for accommodation have been built or renovated recently and the best offers for rooms and suites are to be found in the list of the agency that run the business in the area for the past half-century.


Soviet Era and after


In the early stages of beach tourism in Bulgaria, Golden Sands hotels were few in numbers but had a high reputation among the local people. The demand for Zlatni Pyasatsi – as it is known in the Bulgarian language – was always on the top of the roof. In the Cold War era the country was orbiting in the Soviet gravity, so the prevailing number of foreign guests were Russian, Ukrainian, or people from other Eastern European countries such as Poland and former Czechoslovakia.


Since 1990, after the collapse of the Iron Curtain Bulgaria in general and Golden Sands, in particular, opened its arms to a much greater number of visitors from Western Europe and all around the globe. The most prominent resort on the northern side of the country’s coastline became a favorite destination for hundreds of Brits who love to return there summer after summer.

November discount for a seasonal Bansko ski pass

Undoubtedly the most recognizable Bulgarian winter resort around the world, Bansko prepares for the start of the 2017-18 season. What we know for sure is that the opening ceremony will be on 16th December and once again former Alpine skiing star will be the special guest to launch the campaign. This time the big name is Kristian Ghedina, the best Italian downhill specialist of all time, who will be seen in action on the piste named after his even more famous compatriot Alberto Tomba. What we don`t know yet as a certainty is the exact price of the daily Bansko ski pass. There are no tendencies pointing to rise of the fees but we have to wait and see.

Bansko Lift Pass

Anyway, the company managing the whole complex in the Pirin mountain gave the snow lovers some heads up in the first days of November. The seasonal Bansko lift pass is already up for grabs on a discount until the end of the month. A card for the whole winter will cost normally 1300 BGN (a little above 650 Euro) while the November price is set on 1200 BGN tag. Bansko ski pass for children in the age span between 7 and 16 will cost 1100 BGN being purchased not later than 30th November. For kids younger than seven the seasonal card has the fee of just above 50 Euro (100 BGN). For the third year in a row, the all-winter access is put on discount sale in the weeks preceding the official start of the campaign. For now, Bansko lift pass is available for those willing to buy at the Gondola station of the lift and Maxsport store in Sofia. Online purchase is not available at the moment but this service is expected to start soon.

It’s highly unlikely for all who prepare to hit Banderishka Polyana to be surprised by some significant rise in the price of the daily pass if any raise is in the plans at all. The management of the resort showed a willingness to hold on for the same fees for the past four years. For the 2016-17 season, Bansko ski pass for one day cost an adult person 58 BGN or little less than 30 Euro. The half-day ticket available after 12.30 valued 45 BGN, for kids between 7 and 12 years the whole day price was set to 49 BGN but the biggest discount benefited the youngest – children under 7 years old were granted access for the fee of 50 Euro cents (1 BGN). Seasonal family Banski lift pass has been set to 3000 BGN for two adults and a child under 16.

With 75 km combined length of all 18 trails and diversity in their type of difficulty, the Pirin mountain resort welcomes both the rookies and the pros. If you consider to purchasing a Bansko ski pass whenever it’s available online (otherwise you have to go to the place), it might be useful to you to check some of the best offers for accommodation in the area on Balkan Holidays. The most famous Bulgarian winter resort is still among the most affordable in whole Europe.

GLOBAL ENTRY card – your best choice when traveling into the United States


To travel comfortable is a must! That is a part of the whole experience when hitting the road and if it is unpleasant, then we won’t be able to fully enjoy our vacation or business stay in some foreign country.  Do you agree?

During our movement when traveling to some destination abroad, we can “enjoy” many nerve-trying situations, especially if we have not insured in advance… But how to do that and which countries offer such a service – to travel faster and more comfortable?

Well, that is a good question and even very appropriate. Today we are going to lay particular stress on the topic related to the crossing the borders between the U.S. and Canada and more especially will tell you how to pass the customs checks faster and before the other travelers! We are sure that this article will be very interesting for you, because as soon as you are here, that means that you want to understand how to get Canada or the U.S. in the fastest way possible…

Continue reading GLOBAL ENTRY card – your best choice when traveling into the United States


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Nexus Lane


Nexus (also known as Trusted Traveler program) is a program designed for people who travel frequently between Canada and USA. All US/ Canadian citizens and lawful permanent residents can enjoy the benefits of it and can pass the borders in no time. Nexus pass is available for single person, as well as for whole family and it is good for 5 years. After that period, you may apply for Nexus Renewal and keep enjoying the fast travel.