Located on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea lies the charming coastal town of Sozopol. The town has stunning beaches, rich history and vibrant culture making it popular among tourists. There is something for everyone here, from those chasing the sun to those who wish to explore the region’s history.
The town has a long and old history with evidence of human settlement dating back to the 5th millennium. The town, throughout the centuries, has been inhabited by Thracians, Greeks, and Romans. During ancient times this town was an important centre for trade with a thriving economy and rich artistic tradition.
Explore the Old Town
A must-visit destination for anyone visiting this town, it is one of the most picturesque parts of Sozopol, with its narrow streets and traditional stone houses. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Visitors can walk along the walls of the town’s ancient fortifications; they offer breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. The old town is also home to a number of beautiful churches and chapels, including St. Cyril and St. Methodius Churrch and the St. Zosima Chapel.
The old town is also home to a wide range of shops selling local crafts and souvenirs and many cafes and restaurants where you can relax with a coffee or a glass of wine.
Visit the Archaeological Museum
If you are a history buff, visiting the archaeological museum is a must, as it is one of the top attractions in the town. The museum is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building and contains a vast collection of artefacts from the ancient civilizations once inhabited the area.
Many exhibits, interactive displays and multimedia exhibits make the museum an excellent place for the whole family to enjoy, including young visitors. Be sure to take the opportunity to explore the outdoor section of the museum, which includes a beautiful garden and several ancient ruins.
Hit the beaches
Sozopol is known for its beautiful beaches, which draw visitors from all over the world. You can expect pristine waters, golden sand, and stunning scenery. Whether you are after a quiet spot to relax and sunbathe or a lively destination for water sports, the beaches have something for everyone.
One of the most popular beaches in Sozopol is Harmani Beach, which stretches almost a kilometre and is known for its crystal-clear waters and lively atmosphere. The beach is popular among families, thanks to its shallow waters and amenities, including beach bars, restaurants, and water sports facilities.
Another popular destination is Kavatsi Beach, located just outside the town and offers a more secluded and peaceful setting. The beach is surrounded by lush greenery and offers stunning views of the Black Sea, making it a favourite among nature lovers and those looking for a more relaxed experience.
Central Beach, located in the heart of the town and offers easy access to a range of restaurants and shops, and Smokinya Beach, is known for its beautiful dunes and unspoiled natural beauty.
Explore the St.Zosima Chapel
The St. Zosima chapel is a hidden gem tucked away in the Old Town of Sozopol. This charming little chapel is named after St.Zosima.
The chapel is one of the oldest buildings in Sozopol and is considered one of the town’s most important cultural and historical monuments.
Famous for its unique architecture and 14th and 15th centuries frescoes, considered some of the finest in Bulgaria, this chapel always blows visitors away. You can admire the intricate wood carvings and traditional icons that adorn the walls and the stunning views of the sea and surrounding countryside.
Visit the Art Galleries
As a town rich in cultural heritage and the arts, visiting one of the many art galleries and exhibitions is a must. There are plenty of different art options to explore in the town.
One of the most popular galleries is the Sozopol Art Gallery. Located in the heart of the Old Town, the gallery features work from many Bulgarian artists and international artists.
There is a museum dedicated to the Bulgarian painter and sculptor which is worth a visit called, House-Museum Alexander Popov. It features a collection of Popov’s works and other works from contemporary artists.
If you want to see traditional Bulgarian art, the Tudor Vardzhiev Gallery is a must-visit destination.