An old legend tells that pirates buried a gold treasure in the coastal land. Angry at the bandits, she avenged her by turning gold into a wonderfully golden sand. Today, one of the longest beaches in the country meets the freshness of a unique natural park.
The Golden Sands Nature Park has been declared a protected area since 1943. The broadleaf forest follows the coast line and surrounds the resort. The relief of the park is terraced. It contains rare tree and plant species. More than 20 of them are threatened with extinction such as the snowflake, Caucasian primrose and several orchids.
The golden Aladzha monastery, declared a monument of culture in 1957, the catacombs, the remains of a basilica and a late antique fortress of the 4-7 century in the Kaleto locality, as well as the remains of a Slavonic settlement .
The idea of building a large Bulgarian Black Sea resort originated in the mid-1950s. Quite naturally, the choice falls on Uzunkum (from Turkish - Long Sand). The place combines virgin forest and a spacious beach in a unique way. Once, just a hundred yards from the seashore, there was the great freshwater lake where water tortoises lived. Today, there is the central attraction zone of the resort with the Eiffel Tower, the Vienna Wheel and the International Hotel.
The first sod of Golden Sands was made in 1956. The construction of almost all major hotel complexes and amusement facilities included in the original plan of the resort takes about 10 years. The idea was for the resort to combine the possibility of family tourism by the sea, as well as to become one of the most renowned balneological centers in Bulgaria. The project of the resort is assigned to a team of 30 Bulgarian architects, and its construction goes through three stages. During the first were built small, mainly two-storey hotels along the beach. Later on, the hotel complexes and entertainment establishments of the second and third lines appeared.
The final stage of the construction of Golden Sands was completed in 1966. Then began the development of a large-scale program for the imposition of Bulgaria as a European destination for sea tourism.
A real boom in the development of the resort is experienced in the late 1990s, when the former state property in it was privatized. Since 2000 Golden Sands is an entirely private resort, thus entering its "second life". Today, the number of hotels in the complex exceeds 70, and the bed base is over 30 thousand. Today "Golden Sands" is a preferred place for relaxation by foreign and Bulgarian tourists.