Sozopol is one of the nicest resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Lying on the Gulf of Bourgas, Sozopol was one of Ancient Greece’s oldest settlements – formerly known as Apolonia Pontica named after Apollo, the patron of seafarers. Today teh city resembles a cluster of welcoming turn-of-the century housess dotted along the rocky headland, interested with small garden shrines.
Somewhat quieter than Nessebur , the resort also provides the tourist with two fine, sandy beaches, set off nicely against the tranquil charm of fishing life. One lies within a sheltered bay with the second, larger beach extending southwards beyond the headland. Sozopol is traversed by beautiful narrow lanes, old houses and its romantic charm has attracted artists and writers throughout the centuries.
Accommodation in Sozopol consists of a small guesthouse-inn, a former naval club, or either private rooms in old houses on the peninsula or else larger chalet-style dwellings in the new town. Nearby, the port of Burgas is well worth a visit. In addition to an international airport, this important commercial coastal town has an attractive centre with lively terraces and plentiful cafs, offering tourists a warm welcome. The presence of visiting ships and passing tourists lends Bourgas a certain cosmopolitian air, especially during its folk festival.