Sozopol Tourism

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This lovely seaside resort has a rich history. It was founded in 7th century BC. Back then, it was a Greek town called Antheia. The name was changed to Apollo soon after, and over the years it came to become an important trade and naval centre. The Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires have all ruled it at one point or another. Its Greek population is severely decimated now though; during the Balkan wars, the local Greeks were exchanged with Eastern Thrace Bulgarians.

Today, Sozopol’s tourism focuses mainly on its Old Town (romantic cobblestoned streets and cute old houses), its South Coast and its Archaeological museum and art gallery. The holy relics of Saint John the Baptist are were found in the nearby Saint Ivan (Saint John’s) Island; pilgrims from the world over come to see these. On the beaches, watersport thrives - jet skiing, surfing, beach volleyball, boating, and fishing – it’s a casual but very charming set up. Not too far south is the Ropotamo Nature Reserve, which is very popular with birdies. A favourite activity that you must add to your vacation itinerary planner is to sail out to the nearby islands of Saint Ivan and Saint Peter.

Sozopol Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Sozopol tips for your visit

  • Prefer walking around the city to taking the taxi.
  • There are some spots isolated from the beach where people like to swim, but the water can be dangerous for the inexperienced. Ask the locals for the safer waters.
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Facts and Stats for Sozopol*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sozopol

    Know the pollution level of Sozopol before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 10.71 (Very Low)
  • Sozopol: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sozopol for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sozopol.

    • Burglary and Theft 26.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 16.25 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.25 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 26.25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.75 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 14.47 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Sozopol - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sozopol is 145.57 (High)

    • Safety Index 67.11 (High)
    • Climate Index 86.33 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 51.39 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.36 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 64.81 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.49 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 41.07 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sozopol

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sozopol

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66.02 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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