Excursions and tourists sights

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’s beaches

  • Near Sozopol there are wonderful wide beaches with a thin golden sand:
  • the Central beach – between the old and the new town, close to the park;
  • the Harmanite beach – offers many different beach attractions;
  • the Golden fish beach known as king’s beach is situated on a silent and calm bay very near to Sozopol.

The old Sozopol

Is a favorite tourist place with unforgettable atmosphere with narrow stone streets, the old stony walls and wooden windows, the fishers’ boats and nets, small cozy restaurants offering fresh fish, traditional meals, cocktails and desserts. Many stands and small shops offer souvenirs and arts.
In the town of Sozopol tourists can visit the Historical museum, Christians churches and the ruins of the monastery “St. John” which is situated on the big island.

Historical museum

in the town keeps many unique cultural monuments, tombstones, anchors, coming from the ancient Apolonia.

Culture festival “Apolonia”

At the beginning of September each year the Old Town is a host of the cultural festival “Apolonia”. The Sozopol meets Bulgarian artists from different arts. The best activities of Bulgarian culture placard are included in the Festival. Each tourist can enjoy the concerts, theatres, exhibitions.

Excursions and tours:

  • Boat tours to the island “St. John” for picnics.
  • Boat tour along the Ropotamo river.

Your vacation in Sozopol will be unforgettable remembrance!