Altitude Profile (7 ft to 1,093 ft)
This trip is my Day 1 of a 3 days biking vacation. Mainly to get to know the area, mostly on paved roads, except from Kichevo towards Aladja monestry, which is a good dirt road even during rainy days.
At point 10.8 kms of the route, I stopped in a nice PUB for coffee. The owner is George and he speaks good english and is a fun guy to talk too. He recommended forests roads for the days to come, which I used.
At Aladja monestry I stopped. Definitely worthy the 5lev entrance fee.
Then, I down hilled to the hotel, biking on the road, hardly no pedals needed till the beach, but you can do it on at least THREE options in the forest, all starting and clearly marked above the buss station in the parking area of the monestry.
Option A for downhill is on the BLUE trail. Option B is on the Yellw-then-Green trail. I used these options in my following two days trips which are both linked in GPSies.com to the current first stage.
Option C is the Yellow route all the way down, which I never used (kept for the next visit --).
Note that there are many dirt roads nearby to safely plan your own way, as can be seen in GPSies layer of the "Open Cycle Map" .
Golden Sands near Varna Bulgaria is almost empty mid January. Great place for biking in good weather.
The deals of the INTERNATIONAL Casino hotel + flight from Israel are arround 325$ for 3 weekend days, half board. The hotel was great in terms of rooms, food, and service.
You get 120$ back if you play Poker 4 hours a night.
The reception was really so kind to arrange a bike to be brought from Varna upon our midnight arrival (I think from www.ustrem-bg.com ). Hard-tail 17" rent cost 23 Lev per day + 10 lev for transport.
You can bike 8am-5pm and later loose in the Casino if you like, or use the Sauna, swimming pool, etc. Bring some books too - It was really empty there!
N 43°17.026' E 28°02.601'
N 43°17'01.614" E 28°2'36.072"
N +43.2837818 E +28.0433535
N 43°17.058' E 28°02.607'
N 43°17'03.519" E 28°2'36.452"
N +43.2843110 E +28.0434590
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