SOZOPOL

 

Sozopol is an ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Burgas on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Today it is one of the major seaside resorts in the country, known for the Apollonia art and film festival (which takes place in early September) that is named after one of the town's ancient names.

The busiest times of the year are the summer months, ranging from May to September as tourists from around the world come to enjoy the weather, sandy beaches, history and culture, fusion cuisine (Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish), and atmosphere of the colorful resort.

Part of Burgas Province and administrative center of the homonymous Sozopol Municipality, as of 2011, the town has a population of 5286 inhabitants.

Sozopol is one of the oldest towns on Bulgarian Thrace's Black Sea coast. The first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age. Undersea explorations in the region of the port reveal relics of dwellings, ceramic pottery, stone and bone tools from that era. Many anchors from the second and first millennium BC have been discovered in the town's bay, a proof of active shipping since ancient times.

The symbol of the town – the anchor, present on all coins minted by Apollonia since the sixth century BC, is proof of the importance of its maritime trade

The resort provides two fine-sandy beaches, set off nicely against the tranquil charm of fishing life. Sozopol is traversed by beautiful narrow lanes, old houses - most of which become small family hotels in summer and its romantic charm has attracted artists and writers throughout the centuries.

The town itself is split in two – The Old Town (lying on the peninsula) is separated from the new town by a pretty park, which houses some attractive churches. Nearby stands Sozopol well-stocked archaeological museum, where you can see perhaps Bulgaria's best display of Greek vases. The Church of The Holly Virgin and the two local art galleries are well worth a visit.