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Situated 34 kilometers south of Bourgas upon a small peninsula, Sozopol is the oldest town at the Bulgarian seaside. Founded in the year 610 B.C. by the Greeks, the colony called Apolonia flourished as a mediator between the world of the Greek and the world of the noble Thracian tribes. Today, that fascinating place is a large tourist center, remarkable for its unique stone and wooden houses, that date as far back as the 19th century. Some of them (about 45) are even declared National Cultural Monuments. But it is not only them that attract tourists, but also the two beaches with fine sand and especially the local people?s hospitality. In July and August Sozopol resembles a beehive, filled with tourists and during the winter, it turns again into a quiet and romantic fishing settlement. That seems to attract a lot of artists, writers, actors, etc. If you take a walk along the narrow winding lanes, you could notice a great number of houses, dating from the Bulgarian Renaissance. Then, most of the houses with stone foundations, roomy second floors and roofs covered with Mediterranean tiles were built up. Small restaurants and cafes are to be found along the coastal Morski Skali and Milet lanes, which tourists might visit to taste Sozopol specialties meals of local mussels and dried mackerels, prepared in a number of different ways. On the other hand, these tiny restaurants have another advantage, except the delicious meals and it is the magnificent scenery they face the offing and the port. The small port is the ideal place where one could take a look at the anglers, who demonstrate their skills of the that ancient means of livelihood- fishing. Nearby the port one could visit the unique Sozopol tavern, which is one of the evening attractions of the town. Its program includes folk songs and dances. The high point in the program is the Bulgarian ring dance, done by dancers dressed in national costumes, who invite the guests to take part in that lovely diversion. Sozopol, however is not simply an amusement center, it is a historical settlement with a lot of landmarks dating back to ancient times , as well as to recent times. One of the most spectacular sights is the Sveta Bogoroditza church, which is located in the old part of the town. It dates as far back as the 17th century and half of it was erected under the ground, because the Turkish conquerors had imposed a ban on the erection of high Bulgarian Christian temples. Another famous landmark is the archeological museum, where tourists could take a look at a rich collection of amphoras, stone anchors and models of ships used by the Greeks, the Phoenicians and other ancient peoples, which the population of Sozopol kept in touch with.


If you have some time please watch my video about The sea at Sozopol !

  • Last visit to Sozopol: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Lovely Sozopol page. The beach and the scenery at the Sfinx look amazing! Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • Nov 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Great tips, Adrianai I love the Bulgarian cosmetics and the hotel tips a lot. Beautiful place.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Ah yes you think like me :) I do love the cliffs and the sea in winter here = pure power of nature!!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2008 at 4:27 AM

    I love walking along the sea, watching the waves and feeling the wind. I could almost feel it when I was reading your page.

  • Cristian_Uluru's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    What a lovely town!!! Very nice photos!

  • Nov 8, 2008 at 7:10 AM

    I am sure I am like your cat and I wouldn’t like the Bulgarian cosmetics ;-)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 8:10 AM

    A great little page on Sozopol Adriana. Love the way you do your pictures. The bazaar would sure be fun to look around.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2008 at 3:00 AM

    Nice page! I always like windy places like this. And I like your photo-collages.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Very nice page about this ancient Bulgarian town! It's amazing to see hats, caps and old decorations from Russia in Sozopol, haha!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Adriana, gorgeous page about this Bulgarian seaside town. Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Eastern Europe I haven't been to.


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