Bulgarian Beach Resort Albena: Fidel Castro was Impressed

Written by on August 22, 2016 in Leisure, Tourism - No comments

On August 24th, 2016, Albena will celebrate its 47th anniversary. The idea for the Bulgarian Black Sea holiday resort was conceived in 1967. It would take only two years, until dictator Todor Zhivkov would open the first part. Back then, it contained nine hotels, four restaurants and two bars. Bulgaria’s socialist regime loved Albena.

In 1972, an important guest showed up at Albena Beach. His name: Fidel Castro, a former revolutionary and fighter for justice, who became a dictator himself, during his many decades in power. His opinion on Albena was important to the Bulgarian regime, since its leaders had basically copied the concept from similar places in Cuba. And indeed, the guest from Havana seemed to like it down there. Later, more dictators were invited, among them Kim Il-Sung from North Korea.

Albena continues to exist today. Families with children appreciate the place, mainly because it is far more quiet than resorts like Slanchev Briag. Also, the “all inclusive” concept, which is wide-spread in Albena, is attractive to many Bulgarian and Romanian tourists, as well as holidaymakers from other countries.

The original version of this article appeared on blog.kittbg.com. We thank them for their permission to post our slightly amended version here.

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