Bulgaria’s Albena offers tourists beachside lockboxes, library

Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort of Albena, north of Varna, has been started offering its holidaymakers new beachside services, including lockboxes and a free library, reports in Bulgarian media said.

The yellow egg-shaped lockboxes have been so far installed on 200 beachside umbrellas in Albena last week, but the resort plans to install lockboxes on nearly all umbrellas by next summer, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported. The daily rental fee is one lev (about 51 euro cents).

The lockboxes appeared to enjoy the approval of Albena’s holidaymakers, who found the new additions a convenient safety measure, BNT said.

According to resort officials, there were fewer than five instances of beach thefts so far this summer in Albena, but the lockboxes are intended to offer additional security, the report said.

In addition to the lockboxes, the resort management recently opened a free beachside library for the holidaymakers, the first of its kind in Bulgaria, daily Sega said.

Albena mainly targets foreign holidaymakers and the library reflects that fact, with 2500 books in 10 languages included so far, in genres ranging from classics to romance and thrillers to memoirs.

It is hoped that holidaymakers would contribute to expanding the library by leaving their own books in addition to borrowing the library’s titles, Sega said.

(Screengrab from Bulgarian National Television)



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