Legend dates Sozopol back to 610BC, when Greek settlers founded the city of ”Apollonia”.
The town was named Sozopol, which means ”town of refuge” in the 4th century AD, probably because of its port - always known as a place of refuge for sea travellers. Situated on a small rocky peninsula on the southern Black Sea coast, south east of the bustling port of Bourgas. Today, Sozopol is a beautiful seaside town. Proud of its past and keeping its traditions very much alive - its fishing methods have not changed in centuries. Artists and photographers love its narrow cobbled streets, historic churches, weather blackened eaves, bay windows and wooden houses - many dating from the 18th and 19th century. Nowadays however, Sozopol has a busy, thriving modern quarter with many restaurants, cafés and bars which stay open late into the night. Very popular amongst the young Bulgarian visitors, it is interesting to compare and contrast the two areas of Sozopol, and their reflection of Bulgaria past and present.
The resort of Sozopol is situated on the southern Black Sea coast, approximately 70km south of Sunny Beach and 45km from Bourgas airport.
Fishing, both fresh water and sea, is very popular in Sozopol. Many different watersports are also available.
The ”Blue mountain” trip to Sliven, including a ride down on the chairlift, a boat ride along the Ropotamo river, or an evening at the famous Khans Tent are just a few trips available from Sozopol. All excursions should be booked locally through your local representative.
The best places to dine out while staying in Sozopol are the Vyatarna Melnica or Windmill Restaurant, the Orpheus and the Sozopol Tavern.