Summer holidays in Sozopol


 

About Sozopol

 

In the East end of the Burgas bay, 34 km from Burgas, is located the oldest town of the Black Sea, Sozopol. The town is situated on a beautiful peninsula and is one of the most romantic Black Sea resort areas.  The town’s population is approximately 5, 000.  In 610 B.C from the Malaysian town Milet, settlers came and established their own town, calling it Apolonia, based on the name of the God of Beauty, Apolon.  In the Apolonia bay there was a 13 meter bronze statue raised in his honor.  The town’s blooming and uprising business progressed as a result of  surrounding  large centers-Athena, Korint, islands Rodos, Hios, and Lesbos.  The main witnessing of this change was in the currency, which Apolonia removed from the 6th century and developed its own colonies.  The life of the town was rich and happy, as a direct result it became the center of skill and fine arts until the Roman Army came.  Apolonia was conquered and robbed, but the famous status of Apolon, the heart of the town, was carried over to Rome as a trophy of triumph. The statue was placed on the hill Kapitolii.  After the fall of the Roman Empire, Sozopol remained a part of Vizantia.  From the year  812  han Krum took over the town and resettled it near the border of Bulgaria.  After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the ancient churches came into ruins, however the citizens were able to conserved the Christian image in the town when they built small churches, some of which still exist today. 

In the East end of the Burgas bay, 34 km from Burgas, is located the oldest town of the Black Sea, Sozopol. The town is situated on a beautiful peninsula and is one of the most romantic Black Sea resort areas.  The town’s population is approximately 5, 000.  In 610 B.C from the Malaysian town Milet, settlers came and established their own town, calling it Apolonia, based on the name of the God of Beauty, Apolon.  In the Apolonia bay there was a 13 meter bronze statue raised in his honor.  The town’s blooming and uprising business progressed as a result of  surrounding  large centers-Athena, Korint, islands Rodos, Hios, and Lesbos.  The main witnessing of this change was in the currency, which Apolonia removed from the 6th century and developed its own colonies.  The life of the town was rich and happy, as a direct result it became the center of skill and fine arts until the Roman Army came.  Apolonia was conquered and robbed, but the famous status of Apolon, the heart of the town, was carried over to Rome as a trophy of triumph. The statue was placed on the hill Kapitolii.  After the fall of the Roman Empire, Sozopol remained a part of Vizantia.  From the year  812  han Krum took over the town and resettled it near the border of Bulgaria.  After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the ancient churches came into ruins; however the citizens were able to conserved the Christian image in the town when they built small churches, some of which still exist today.  The greatĺst glory of the town died down for a period of time, only to ascend at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th when the famous Sozopol houses were built crowded around the peninsula with large low stone decks and wooden upper decks.  The streets between the houses are so narrow that it appears the houses touch each other.  This romantic beauty attracts many people of artist skills and appreciation of the fine arts- artists, poets, writers, and musicians.  Today, Sozopol is a town that harmonizes with the previous times and the modern age connecting architectural ensembles from the old town with the new one.  It’s utmost beauty and artistic atmosphere charms many tourists throughout Europe.  The town is perfect for summer holidays.  Many hotels and private apartments offer comfort, security, and a real holiday.  The numerous restaurants and cafes for take out and day and night bars will energize you.  Panoramic beach views of golden sands are abundant where you are able to use umbrellas and lounge chairs.  For the children there is a fantastic water slide and other attractions. The end of August brings about one of the most largest cultural gatherings of Bulgaria, the holidays celebrating Apolonia.  In 6km from Sozopol there is also the resort area Dune and afterwards follows the lake, Arkutino, covered with water lilies.  A couple of kilometers south there is the river Ropotamo, which is a natural reservation and allows tourist boats to travel its waters.