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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 60.94 (High)
    • Water Pollution 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 34.09 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 32.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 11.36 (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 30.77 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.81 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 74.04 (High)
    • Car Stealing 39.42 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50.96 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 30.77 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.15 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 92.31 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.58 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 39.42 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.64 (Moderate)
  • Living in Sozopol - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sozopol is 146.94 (High)

    • Safety Index 62.4 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.37 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 57.39 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17.25 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.59 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.9 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.26 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 49.15 (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 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.89 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 23.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.54 USD

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

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