Sozopol, with his 5000 inhabitants of today is the oldest of the Bulgaria's Black Sea coastal towns. Located 34 kilometers south of Bourgas on a slender rocky peninsula and three isles.
Sozopol was founded in 610 BC by Miletian Greeks as their colony of Apollonia, thrived as a middleman between the Greek and the Thracian world. Later, in the years of early Christianity it was named Sozopol (Salvator) and so was inhabited for more then 2600 years.
Today, this charming place is a popular tourist resort best known for its casual ambiance, several sandy beaches, and distinctive nineteenth-century stone and wood houses, some 45 of which are designated national cultural monuments. Out of July-August, Sozopol is a calm romantic fishing town and is a favored haunt of artists, writers and other contemplative types. A stroll along the old town's twisting, narrow cobblestone lanes reveals a host of National Revival-era houses, their stone foundations and overhanging upper stories of weathered wood topped by Mediterranean-style red-tiled roofs. The sea-facing streets are lined with small restaurants and cafes with nice views to the bay and the harbor where you can get plate of tasty locally-raised mussels, fishs and other delicacies.
THE SIGHTS OF THE TOWN
Notable sights in the old town include the 17th-century Sveta Bogoroditsa (Holy Virgin) Church, built partly below ground and under UNESCO protection as a world cultural heritidge. The well-curated archaeological museum features a collection of amphorae, stone anchors, and model ships belonged to the Phoenicians, Greeks and other ancient mariners who sailed into Apollonia harbor. A nice garden connects the old and the new town of Sozopol. Republikanska street (the main drag) and the beach strip teem with a numerous of cafes, bars, restaurants and thumping discos.Two of Sozopol beaches are in the town - 5-10 minutes walking.