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.
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.