The history of Sozopol
Sozopol is the oldest town on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The first settlement at these places dates back to IV - III B.C. The undersea explorations in the region of the port reveal relics of dwellings, ceramic pottery, stone and bone tools from the bronze era. In the Sozopol bay many anchors from II – I B.C .have been discovered, proof of active shipping since ancient times. The town established itself as a trade and naval centre. It kept strong political and trade relations with the great cities of Elada – Milet, Athina, Corinth, Heraklea Pontica and the islands – Rhodos, Xios, Lesbos, etc. Its trade influence in the Thracian territories was based on a treaty with the rulers of the Odrissian kingdom back at the V century B.C. The symbol of the town – the anchor, present on all coins, minted by Apolonia since VI century B.C. is proof of the importance of the trade. The rich town soon became an important cultural centre. At these times it was called Apolonia Magna (Great). The ancient icons and magnificent woodcarving iconostatises are a remarkable accomplishment of the craftsmanship of these times. The architecture of the houses in the old town from the renaissance period makes it a unique place to visit today.
SOZOPOL of the most popular beach resorts. Preferred by people for its casual ambience and ancient atmosphere.

Location: 34 km south of Bourgas
Ground: Rocky peninsula.
Beaches: In the town there are 2 beaches - 1) Central beach and 2) Harmani beach. On 3 km north from Sozopol we recommend the Golden Fish beach.
Bussiest months: July and August.
Accommodation: Old town only private rooms. New town few nice hotels and private rooms. For the available accommodations, please browse the left table of this page. For safety and comfort reasons we recommend you choose a hotel.
General impressions: Very popular resort. Gets very busy during the summer. Good variety of restaurants, cafes, night clubs, 2 cinemas, shops, etc. In general the prices are lower than the international resorts (Albena, Golden Sands, Sunny beach, etc.), but higher than the resorts of Kiten, Varna, etc. Sozopol can be compared to Nessebar and Primorsko.

What to do: Everything is available here, but the most interesting thing is probably the old town with its interesting old-style wooden houses (some of them are national monuments).
Internet access: Widely available in the new town Internet cafes on the main street. The cheapest Internet cafe is the one in the building of Central Post office in the new town (BTC).
Transport to the resort: Many public buses go from Bourgas and the neighbor resorts to Sozopol. The easiest way is to catch a bus from the Bourgas central railway station or the bus station.
If you are coming by car from the city of Bourgas take the road going to the south and the resorts of Chernomorets, Primorsko, Kiten. The distance from Bourgas is 34 km and road is very good. Follow the signs to Sozopol. Reaching the town turn right for the New town and left for the Old town. The access by car to the old town is limited.

There are no restrictions to enter the New town by car. Be careful, during July and August (the busiest time) the traffic is quite hard and it is very difficult to find place for parking in Sozopol. We recommend you leave your car on one of the guarded parking lots in the new town. The price for 24 h is around 2 $ per car.
Any type of the standard fuels are widely available in Bulgaria and the area of Sozopol - petrol, unleaded petrol, diesel, LPG, etc.

Medical and dental services: Get a tourist health insurance for Bulgaria from your local insurance company to make sure that any medical expenses will be covered. First aid and standard medical help in Bulgaria are free of charge. Dental services are not free of charge in Bulgaria. You can get dental service from both private and state clinic/dentists in Sozopol. For more information, please ask on the reception desk in your hotel.
Located 34 km south of Bourgas on a slender rocky peninsula, Sozopol is one of the oldest Bulgarian coastal towns. Founded in 610 BC by Miletian Greeks. Today this charming place is a popular beach resort best known for its casual ambience, 2 sandy beaches, and distinctive 19th-century stone and wood houses, some 45 of which are national cultural monuments. While Sozopol is extremely busy during July and August, in the off-season it reverts back to a sleepy fishing village and is a favored stop of artists and writers.

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. Sea-facing Morski Skali and Milet streets are lined with small restaurants and cafes, ideal for taking in the views while digging into a plate of tasty locally-raised midi (mussels). The small harbor is a good place to watch fishermen off-load their catches to waiting buyers from area restaurants. There are 2 beaches in Sozopol, but the best beach the area is at Dyuni, an upscale Austrian-designed resort village complex, 6 km south of Sozopol. Past Dyuni, the coast road passes by the Arkutino swamp, a 62 hectare area of floating water lilies, irises and creeping liana vines. A few kilometers further south is the Ropotamo river nature reserve. During summer, private vans and public buses provide regular transport service to and from Bourgas and the other resorts around. The small bus station is opposite the seaside park and there is a taxi stand in front. Private vans depart from a turn-around 50 meters west. Private "boat-taxis" go to Bourgas, Nessebar, Varna, or practically anywhere. From Sofia there are many bus companies offering regular comfortable coaches to Sozopol, cost around 15 $ return.

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