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In Early May A Sleepy Little Fishing Village

The town of Sozopol on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast commands its own bay with fine stretches of golden-sanded beaches and comprises two distinctly divergent settlements: the Old Town and The New.

Whilst the New Town is very much a modern resort development with plush hotels and apartment complexes, the Old Town is a living museum of this part of Bulgaria's history with its roots traceable back to the Bronze age. In the 6th century BC the town was actually an island and a relatively important Greek port called Apollonia Pontica, following which it has seen occupation by the Romans, the first Bulgarian Empire, Byzantines, Ottomans and finally returning to Bulgaria after the country regained its independence in the late 19th century.

The Old Town

Unfortunately I only had time for a tantalisingly fleeting lunchtime visit here which gave me the merest taste of the place and left me hungering for a more substantial visit. The Old Town is a very typical fishing village with narrow cobbled streets leading down to its sheltered harbour and is mostly undeveloped with many of its buildings being National Monuments. Overlooking the rocky coast and harbour are some rather attractive terraced restaurants which on an early May morning were sadly deserted but definitely looked promising for a visit at some time in the future and I can just imagine enjoying a pleasant seafood dinner preceded by deliciously fresh shopska salata and a chilled rakia with the waves and sunshine for company.

The New Town

Having only the briefest of visits to Sozopol this time round I didn't actually get into the New Town but it certainly looks attractive (in a modern sort of way) and by all accounts is a quite lively resort during the season with good quality hotels, buzzy bars and night clubs - something else to look forward to for a future visit!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Well Preserved Old Town
  • Cons:I Can Imagine How Busy It Gets!
  • In a nutshell:Out Of Season Definitely A Gem!
  • Last visit to Sozopol: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    John, another fantastic page with brilliant photos and helpful commentaries. You have indeed explored much more of Bulgaria than me, but after my first visit of Sofia in September 2009, I am pretty sure that I will return sooner or later.

  • katyamarin's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    Hi John, Sozopol used to be my favourite Bulgarian resort. The new town has grown beyond reasonable but the old town has not lost its charm! If anybody is interested in alternative destinations in Bulgaria here is my blog: www.truebulgaria.wordpress.com

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    bulgaria just seems so exotic to me - would love to buy jam stirred in a jam pan out in the open by Bulgarian grandma

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    nice commentary for just a lunch stop

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    never though about the black sea resorts before. with this recession on, i'm sure they will become mor fashioable

  • SergioT123's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Too bad you were in a hurry that day. Looks like a fun little spot to sit and relax with a nice meal. Maybe i can find it when i am there! cheers!

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    So your diner in the restaurant cost less than a beer at the airport. Bastards. Making jam?

  • May 9, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Aaach, So-zo-pol... can't wait!... For the small fish, John - say "edna tza-tza, molya". Great to know you'll revisit, Marina XOXOXO


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