The Beaches Of Sozopol

Beach “Alepu”

“Alepu” Beach is a sandy strip of shore, south of “Duni” resort and is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian beaches. It is also known as the “Drivers Beach”, with a wonderful view between Duni resort and the town of Primorsko. The beach is one of the few remaining in Bulgaria, where there is no interpretation of great human intervention, and is unguarded. It is named after the “Aleppo” wildlife preserve, covering the area between the beach and the Aleppo marsh.

Beach “The firth of Ropotamo”

One of the few virgin beaches left in Bulgaria. The firth of the river Ropotamo can be reached, for about half an hour’s walk or by boat. The beach is very clean, there are no restaurants and is unguarded. It is located on the territory of Ropotamo Preserve.

Beach “Veleka”

Veleka Beach is located south of Sozopol, where the Veleka River flows into the sea and it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Bulgaria. It is situated in an isolated place, extremely beautiful and calm beach. Tourists can swim in the sea as well as in the colder waters of the river.

The King’s Beach

This beach is one of the most popular on the south coast. It connects Camping “Gradina” and “Golden Fish” Camping. To the north of the beach is the village of Chernomorets, and to the south – Sozopol. The beach is quite long and therefore never overpopulated. This more than a hundred meters long beach is covered with dunes. There are paid lounges and umbrellas in the area, but also free area, which is large enough to accommodate all guests. The beach also offers excellent conditions for practicing all water sports – jet skiing, surfing, windsurfing, diving…

Beach “Kavatsi”

Kavatsite Beach is located in a bay, about 3km south of Sozopol. The beach has a guarded and unguarded area. The sand is fine, yellow. The seabed is flat, sandy. Umbrellas and sun loungers are available, but there is also a free area that extends primarily into the unguarded area. Close to the beach are camping “Kavatsite” and camping “Smokinite”.

Central beach Sozopol

Централен плаж Созопол се намира от източната страна на стария град. Плажната ивица е от златист пясък, а морското дъно е покрито с пясък. Перфектно място за събиране на тен с коктейл в ръка. Зоната за къпане е с полегат бряг. От плажа се разкрива красива гледка към южната крепостна стена и стария град.

“Harmani” beach Sozopol

“Harmani” beach is long and wide. It is the larger of the two beaches of Sozopol and has an area of 14 280 square meters with sand and dunes. There are many paid lounges and umbrellas, with free zones in-between. The water in the bay is calm and clear. During the active season, the beach is often crowded with tourists. There are many pubs, clubs and discos around the beach and is therefore a preferred place for younger people, but it is also suitable for families with children, as there are many hotels nearby.

Sozopol’s landmarks and sights of the surrounding area

What is interesting to see in Sozopol?

Because of the numerous cultural landmarks located in the Old Town, Sozopol has been designated as an architectural and archaeological reserve. Many of the historic houses were built in the late 19th and early 20th century on two to three floors. The ground floor and foundations were made of stone and housed the animals and the farming equipment while the top floors were habitable. The outside walls on the top floors are encased in a typical wooden lining, which protects them from the salty air and creates a characteristic street ambiance. The roofs were typically covered with clay tiles. In the Old Town you can find the ruins of several medieval churches, such as the church at the monastery “St. Apostles”, the monastery “St. Nikolay the Wonderworker” and others. There are about 20 other smaller chapels, such as the churches “St. Virgin Mary”, “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” and “St. George”, which house well-preserved icons and carvings. The Art Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum and the Museum at the Fortress Wall are also located in the old part of the Sozopol and open for visits.

The Medieval monastery “St. Nikolay the Miracleworker”

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The Monastery “St. Apostles”

The monastery was discovered at the beginning of 2011 following the appearance of fortress facilities above the surface of the terrain. Subsequent excavations revealed a large corner tower from the fortification system of Medieval Sozopol believed to be part of the so-called fortress – “Castrum Domini”. The monastery temple found there is a large three-nave basilica with a length of 23 m and a width of 11.50 m, with walls preserved up to 1m tall. It was built at the end of 12th – beginning of the 13th century and was functioning at least until the 15th century. The church had three entrances on the western façade and one on the north and the south façade. The space of the building is organized in an outer and inner narthex, a three-nave naos with colonnades separating the ships and a tri-apse altar. On the northern side a water reservoir cut into the rock was discovered, which predates the church. The church was built with material from older church buildings. Parts of the original flooring consisting of multicolored marble slabs is still preserved.

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The South Fortress Wall and Tower

Discover Sozopol by boat

Enjoy an unforgettable day at sea by renting a motorboat or sailing yacht, by yourself or with a group of friends, or enjoy some romantic time just with your loved one. Round-trip cruises of Sozopol at sunset are also offered daily, taking you around the old town and near the islands of “St. Kirik and Julita”,”St. Ivan” and “St. Peter”. The tours are about 60 minutes and start from the fishing port. The views from sea of the Old and New Sozopol are unforgettable amidst the surrounding mountains. The sunset viewed from the ship’s deck is fantastic!

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Sand Lily Reserve

The reserve houses the largest occurrence of sand lily in Bulgaria. This plant is of great interest to tourists and lovers of nature, combining a gentle flower with beautiful aroma. It is also referred locally as “Sand Cream” and “Fairy of the sands”. Due to its habitat and rare beauty, it is sometimes called “the queen of the sands” and “the flower of the dunes”. Unfortunately, sand lily numbers are decreasing and in order to preserve the remaining plants it has been protected since 1961. The sandy lily blooms in July and August, its colors are snow-white and gentle, inspiring admiration.

Aquapark “Neptune”

If you like water adventures or are vacationing with kids, you can visit the Neptun Aquapark, which is located 3 km from Sozopol, near the village of Ravadinovo. The park is developed on 50 000 sq. m of land and offers numerous water slides, several restaurants, and other attractions. In addition to the water activities there is mini football, trampoline, full-day animation for children and adults, photo services, mini market and free internet on its territory. The park is open for visitors every day from 10:00 until 18:30.

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Walk around town

Sozopol, vacation on the Black sea

Sozopol is situated 34 km south of the regional center Burgas, on a small peninsula that is the South end of the Burgas Bay. It is the oldest town along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, established around 610 B.C. as a Greek colony. Sozopol was called Apolonia at the time, and flourished as a trade intermediate between the Greek world and the wealthy Thracian tribes.

You can view a short video of Sozopol on video.

Apolonia was well-known in ancient times for the Temple of Apolon the Curer, whose 13 metre tall statue was the work of Athena’s sculptor Kalamis. Around 72 BC Apolonia was completely destroyed by Mark Lukul and his Roman legions, during a punishment crusade for Apolonia’s support of Mitridat the Fourth against Rome. It was not before the 4th century A.C. that Sozopol rose again from the ashes, after major political and ethnic changes in the Roman empire and the establishment of Konstantinopol as a regional center of the Roman Empire. The new name of the town, Sozopolis, meaning “the City of Salvation”, symbolizes that revival.

Sozopol is withstood the Barbarian attacks between 400 and 700 AC. It was annexed by khan Krum in 812 to the recently established Bulgarian country and was permanently disconnected from the Byzantine Empire in the period 972-1366. Sozopolis flourished during the 13th century: it was an important port, a trade intermediate, a religious center. The monastery St. Johan Predtecha on the nearby St. Ivan Island was a religious and cultural center with international importance.


After the fall of Bulgaria under the Ottoman Empire in 1453, Sozopol gradually declines to a poor fisherman village. Its next revival would not come until the Liberation from Turkish rule in 1878, when its favorable location and lively population brought it to new prosperity.

Today Sozopol is an attraction for both young and old, married and single. It has everything for everyone:

  • for party-goers: bars and clubs for everyone’s taste and budget
  • for gastronomers: many seaside restaurants, casual or stylish, with fresh fish and local or international cuisine
  • for those seeking a calm and relaxing vacation: “off-the-beaten-road” beach spots and places
  • for romantics: small, cobble-stone covered streets in the Old Town, just wide enough for a person to pass
  • for fishermen: numerous fishing spots along the coast and port
  • for artists: during the summer and fall, Sozopol hosts many painters, musicians, and artists. Every year, from September 1 to 10, Sozopol hosts the “Apolonia” Festival, which features 10 days of theatrical performances and concerts. You can see most of Bulgaria’s artists here during that time, purchase paintings, have your portrait painted, etc.
  • for scuba-divers: many underwater rock formations and fauna
  • for archeologists: many remains in the process of unearthing to see. It is practically impossible to start new construction in town without having historians and archeologists involved…
  • for those in love: …
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Sozopol is a bustling tourist center in the summer, offering 2 wide golden sand beaches within walking distance (Central and Harmani beaches). Two other large, golden sand beaches, the Golden Fish and the Kavatsi camping areas are located north and south of Sozopol, respectively, a 10 minute ride from Sozopol with an open attraction bus. The Old Town provides a unique atmosphere of cobble stone streets lined with coffee shops, restaurants, jewelry stores, and wood-and-stone houses dating back to the 19th century. The parks and the alleys have been completely renovated, the old fortress wall has been restored, and a fountain was built in the shady central garden where you can cool off from the summer heat. Many traveling musicians perform along the alleys in the evenings. Retro photo shops and pottery classes also line your leisurely evening walk. Because of the steep rock shores of the peninsulas forming the Bay of Sozopol, many restaurants are situated directly above the water and offer a wonderful view of the bay or the yacht and fisherman dock on the opposite side.


The Old Town of Sozopol has preserved many historic attractions. The Church “St. Bogoroditza” dates back to the 17th Century and is built halfway under the ground, due to the Ottoman occupiers not allowing Christian churches to be built higher than 1 metre above the ground. Many other ancient items, such as pots, amphoras, weapons, burial items, models of ships, etc. are presented in the newly built Archeological museum in the center of the town, to the side of the large outdoor stage.

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About 20 km south of Sozopol are two of the best-preserved natural areas in Bulgaria. There is a 62-hectare swamp reservation, called Arkutino, which is covered with floating white lilies, irises, and floating lianas. I wooden bridge takes you in the middle of the swamp where you can enjoy the view. Just 5 km south of it is the Ropotamo river reservation. A 45 minute boat ride along the river, to the estuary and back, will take you through untouched nature, rocky hills, and river plants, while being accompanied by fish jumping outside the water.

In the summer there is frequent transportation to Burgas and the surrounding smaller towns via mini-buses.

Check out some pictures of the excavations and pottery items in Sozopol at the National Geographic’s web site.