Sozopol, with his 5000 inhabitants of today is the oldest of the Bulgaria's Black Sea coastal towns. Sozopol is located 34 kilometers south of Bourgas on a slender rocky peninsula and three isles. Sozopol was founded in 610 BC by Miletian Greeks as their colony of Apollonia, thrived as a middleman between the Greek and the Thracian world. Later, in the years of early Christianity it was named Sozopol (Salvator) and so was inhabited for more then 2600 years.
Today, this charming place is a popular tourist resort best known for its casual ambiance, several sandy beaches, and distinctive nineteenth-century stone and wood houses, some 45 of which are designated national cultural monuments. Out of July-August, Sozopol is a calm romantic fishing town and is a favored haunt of artists, writers and other contemplative types. A stroll along the old town's twisting, narrow cobblestone lanes of Sozopol 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. The sea-facing streets of Sozopol are lined with small restaurants and cafes with nice views to the bay and the harbor where you can get plate of tasty locally-raised mussels, fishs and other delicacies.
Notable sights in the old town of Sozopol include the 17th-century Sveta Bogoroditsa (Holy Virgin) Church, built partly below ground and under UNESCO protection as a world cultural heritidge. The well-curated archaeological museum of Sozopol features a collection of amphorae, stone anchors, and model ships belonged to the Phoenicians, Greeks and other ancient mariners who sailed into Apollonia harbor. A nice garden connects the old and the new town of Sozopol. Republikanska street (the main drag) and the beach strip teem with a numerous of cafes, bars, restaurants and thumping discos.Two of Sozopol beaches are in the town - 5-10 minutes walking.
In addition of being an important trading center, Sozopol had been an active art and cultural center all the time.This tradition continues today with the annual Apollonia Arts Festival, held in the beginning of September in Sozopol. An event that provides to it's visitors ten long days and nights of music, theater, dance, cinema and many others.
During summertime, "when livin' is easy" vans and buses shuttles provide hourly daily service to and from Bourgas, Nessebar and Varna to Sozopol. From Sofia, Plovdiv and some other main towns a number of companies operate comfortable coaches to Sozopol and back (8-9 eur).