Apollonia (Sozopol) was founded by the Greeks from Miletus (Asia Minor) w 610 r. p.n.e. Until the Romans invaded (72 r. neither.) the settlement developed as an independent trading center. As loot, Marcus Lucullus then took a 13-meter gilded bronze statue of Apollo to Rome to Rome., who stood by the great temple built in his honor, also performing the role of sea years. W III w., when the people converted to Christianity, Apollonia was called Sozopol (the city of salvation). The city was conquered by the Byzantines, w 813 r. they were joined by the Bulgarian state of Khan Krum, w 1352 r. fell prey to the Genoese, and finally the Turks. Until the revival in the 19th century. remained a tiny fishing village. W XIX w. 150 Sozopol buildings were rebuilt according to the so-called. style of black sea architecture.
On the cobbled streets of this picturesque town you can see a solid one, wooden houses, built on stone cellars. Among them, women selling lace to tourists are a common sight. On the west bank of the headland is the base of the Bulgarian navy, on both sides surrounding a small fishing port. There are two nice beaches on the eastern shore. To the south, tourist areas flourish. The Bulgarian coast south of Burgas, however, is less affected by the great tourist destinations, like Sunny Beach or Golden Sands, and the Black Sea beaches are all the cleaner, the further they are from the Danube.
Sozopol has its permanent artistic clientele, returning here every summer. It is worth coming to the city for the period of art festivals in the first half of September. Throughout the season (May-October) Sozopol offers beach areas not embraced by excessive urbanization. As one of the very few centers, it provides services to individual tourists.
The telecommunications center is located in the post office, in the center of the old town (open daily 7.00-20.30).
There are several private currency exchange offices in the city; an ATM is installed in Bytgarska Banka.
It is best to wander around the old town or visit the Archaeological Museum located in the modern complex between the bus station and the fishing port (descriptions only in Bulgarian), located in the former church of Cyril and Methodius. In the small 18th-century church of the Bogoroditsa, almost hidden under the road level (because the Turks did not allow Christians to build larger temples, Bulgarians hid buildings underground), next to Anaximandyra 13, it is worth seeing the wooden iconostasis. If the church was closed, please report to the museum. There is a necropolis from the 5th-2nd century in Sozopol. p.n.e. Vases were found there, gold coins, glass vessels and a tombstone from the 5th century. p.n.e.
In about 20 $, from the Złatna Rybka campsite, you can hire a water taxi and go on a trip on the Ropotamo river, south of Sozopol. The journey takes about an hour each way, and it fits into the boat 10 people. It is therefore worth going on a cruise with a small group. The river has 25 km in length, and its shores are covered with exotic vegetation. Ropotamo and its surroundings are a nature reserve.
Camping – The Złatna Rybka campsite is located 5 km towards Burgas. Lots of space here, but no houses for rent. The camping area is at the southern end of a long beach, which can be seen from the port. In summer, small boats sail between the campsite and Sozopol. The course begins, when a full set of passengers is accumulated (10 people) and costs 400 leva per person. In case of a course on request, without a set, cost is 4500 lions. The water at the campsite is clean, just like the water of the southern beaches of Sozopol.
Private accommodation – Private accommodation can be booked at some kiosks in the square next to the bus station. These kiosks are open only from May to September.
Lotos agency (tel./fax 429 or 282), at Apollonia 22 (open all year round, 10.00-5.00) and on Ropotamo 1 (only open in summer, every day, 8.00-9.00), offers private accommodation too 10 $ from person (7 $ off season, single and other rooms). In summer, Lotos organizes excursions along the coast.
Hotele – In the three-story hotel Sozopol (tel.362), right next to the bus station, double room with shower (also breakfast) costs for 12 $. The hotel is closed in winter.
Along ul. Republican, south to the beach, there are several small private hotels; e.g.. Alfa Vita hotel (tel.852) under no. 9, hotel Radiko (tel.1706) under no. 4 or the hotel Verona (tel.592) under no. 8. In all of them, the accommodation costs approx 14 $ for a double room with shared bathroom (there are no single rooms). In the middle of summer and during the September festival, it is rather difficult to find accommodation.
Mechana is a large tavern on the main street leading to the old town; typical place for tourists, small outside terrace. They serve tasty grilled meats. Diagonally, opposite the restaurant, there is the Atina tavern with tables set on the pavement. It serves good and cheap food, the place is open even then, when other restaurants are closed.
From the terrace of the first-class Wiatyma Mełnica restaurant, by the old wooden lighthouse on Morska Skał, on the northern edge of town, there is a great view of a small island lying nearby.
On the route connecting the city with Burgas (34 km) there is a crowded local bus every hour. Do Achtopołu (90 km) one bus a day departs, tickets are sold only after the arrival of the bus from Burgas.