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picturesque old fishing village; comfortable
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34 kilometers south of Bourgas on a slender rocky peninsula, Sozopol
is the oldest of Bulgaria's coastal towns. Founded in 610 BC by Miletian
Greeks, their colony of Apollonia thrived as a middleman between the
Greek world and the indigenous Thracians. Today, this charming place
is a popular tourist resort best known for its casual ambiance, two
sandy beaches, and distinctive nineteenth-century stone and wood houses,
some 45 of which are designated national cultural monuments. While Sozopol
is a bustling place during July-August, in the off-season it reverts
back to a sleepy fishing village and is a favored haunt of artists,
writers and other contemplative types.
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. The nearby Taverna Apollonia
is Sozopol's hottest night spot with live Balkan folk music nightly
(in season). Things really get rocking when tipsy patrons get up to
dance the horo - a more staid Bulgarian/Balkan dance step - alongside
professional belly dancers.
sights in the old town include the 17th-century Sveta Bogoroditsa (Holy
Virgin) Church, built partly below ground in accordance with prevailing
Ottoman dictates. Also, Sozopol's archaeological museum features a collection
of amphorae, stone anchors, and model ships representative of the Phoenicians,
Cypriots and other ancient mariners who sailed into Apollonia harbor.
Relative to the old town, the new town is somewhat colorless although
it does feature the better of Sozopol's two beaches, located on the
southern side of the Harmanite ("threshing floor") headland. There are
a number of cafes and thumping discos on the main drag, Republikanska
street, and along the beach strip.
In addition to being an important trading colony, Apollonia was an active
arts and cultural center, a tradition that continues with the annual
Apollonia Arts Festival in early September which offers ten days and
nights of music, theater, dance, cinema and other events set in a half-dozen
venues around town.
The best beach in the area is at Dyuni, an upscale Austrian-designed
resort village complex six kilometers 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; tour boats routinely ply
the verdant-rich lower stretch of the river to the sea (one-hour round
During summer, private vans and state buses provide hourly daily service
to and from Bourgas. The tiny bus station (closed Mon-Tues off-season)
is opposite the seaside park next to the open-air bazaar and there is
a taxi stand in front. Private vans depart from a turn-around 50 meters
west. Although state-supported hydrofoils are a thing of the past, private
"sea taxis" venture to Bourgas, Nessebar, Varna, or practically anywhere
the siren's call might tempt a seafaring traveler to go. From Sofia,
a number of private companies operate comfortable coaches to Sozopol
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Accommodation in Sozopol consists of a small guesthouse-inn, a former naval club, or either private room in old houses on the peninsula or else larger chalet-style dwellings in the new town. Nearby, the port of Burgas as well worth a visit. In addition to an international airport, this important commercial coastal town has an attractive centre with lively terraces and plentiful cafes, offering tourists a warm welcome. The presence of visiting ships and passing tourists lends Bourgas a certain cosmopolitan air, especially during its folk festival, held in late August. Travel Sozopol and find a hotels or holidays Sozopol Bulgaria. Find Cheap Hotels Reservations Book hotel Holiday Apartments rent Hotel Sozopol. Rent a car. Car hire, rental. Bulgarian Properties. Great deals and bargains.