Sozopol Tourism

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Sozopol

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

    • Air Pollution 53.95 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 35.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 10.71 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Sozopol for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sozopol.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.48 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.63 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 38.89 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.63 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.3 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.59 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 59.26 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.96 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.15 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.83 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Sozopol is 147.55 (High)

    • Safety Index 62.54 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.37 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 52.72 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17.25 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.9 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.03 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.52 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.83 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 24.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.04 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.19 USD

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

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