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Thursday, 08 November 2007
 The resort of Albena is situated 32 km north and north-east of Varna, 502 km north-east of Sofia and 12 km south-west of Balchik. It is located on a long sand stretch in the open northern part of Varna Bay.  It was built in 1969 in an architectural style reminiscent of one of Walter Gropius’ urban models and of the time of Bauhaus. Most of the hotels have a terrace-line structure with well-projected stories.  The concept of this architecture is getting more sun in summer days.

The resort has three camping sites – Albena Camping, International Camping and Ekzotika Camping, which offer great opportunities for housing tourists and holiday-makers.

The Batov River is interesting with its location in a natural forest.  Ovidius came here on his way to the country of his exile - Tomi (present Kyustendzha in Romania). To the north the shore is steep, formed of the yellow sandstone and limestone typical of the area. It is these stone slopes that gave the material for building the resort.  It seems to match the landscape of the area in a most natural way.  The resort was given its present name in honour of Albena, a female character of the great Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov, from the drama play of the same title “Albena”.  She is a symbol of purity and beauty in Bulgarian dra­ma­turgy and literature.  The area is rich of tennis courts, bars, casino, restaurants with entertainment performed by famous actors, children’s playgrounds, swimming pools, golf playground. One can ride a bike or a horse, there are stunts with horses and cascade tricks, fans can rent automobiles, cutters, sail-boats, yachts, waterwheels and jets. The whole range of water sports facilities is available with the assistance of coaches.

There is an annual auto-rally called Albena held at the beginning of May, a folk festival for songs and dances from Dobroudzha, Zlatnata Antena (Gold Antennae) Festival for TV programs, bridge competition (in June), beach volleyball competition (in June or July), etc.  Albena is a point in the route of the annual regatta. The resort hostsd an annual football tournament “Vladimir Grashnov”, too.