Sozopol - the town living for a millenia | Sozopolis | Luxurious property for sale, Sozopol, Bulgaria


Sozopolis | Luxurious property for sale
Sozopolis | Luxurious property for sale
Sozopolis | Luxurious property for sale
Sozopolis | Luxurious property for sale
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Sozopol - the town living for a millenia

Apollonia Pontica (the first name of Sozopol) is one of the few unique towns in the world, where romance has been alive for more than a millennia. Sozopol  hosts traces of Thracians, Romans and Greeks, and now lives with the pulse of the 21st century.
Archaeological sites of great historical and cultural importance are preserved in Sozopol, and the Black Sea holds mysterious underwater rock formations and shipwrecks from ancient times.
Sozopol hosts a marina with a capacity of 200 boats and yachts, with a tendency to increase that number to 330 in the next two years. Sunsets here are truly marvelous and remind you that life is a journey. Wherever you look you will see heavenly views that have been here for a millennia and are still waiting for their proud conquerors.
Sozopol is one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the country for those who want to spend their summer among the waves – whether on their boat or at a modern pier, meeting other people who share the same passion. Enjoy your vacation in Sozopol – you can see artifacts known to few or dive underwater, and rediscover yourself with unforgettable joy.

  • Sozopol is situated 33 km south of the city of Burgas.
  • There is an airport for charter flights just 20 minutes away by car - in Primorsko resort.
  • Sozopol’s marina is located 2 km from “Sozopolis”


Sozopol history

Съкровищата на Созопол

611 B.C. – On the peninsula of today’s Sozopol settlers from the Asia Minor polis Milet and Fokea established a new polis and named it Apolonia Pontika. Day by day the antique Apolonia grew and flourished as a big trading center and port, and soon the town was given the name Apolonia Magna.

I B.C. – The Romans conquered the town

IV B.C. – The Roman Empire was split in two, the Christianity became the official religion and the city adopted the name Sozopol (The town of salvation). The heathen sanctuaries were replaced by Christian temples at that time. Sozopol became an important trading center and a part of the Byzantine Empire.

705 A. D. – Sozopol became a territory of Bulgaria.

1453 A. D. – The Ottoman Empire took possession of the town. The invaders razed the churches to the ground, but on their place later on the Christians built small chapels, some of which still stand. From the Middle Ages to XIX A. D. - the town was a major Bulgarian port with special statute- citizen of Sozopol paid tax to the Turkish Sultan.

XVIII and XIX A. D. - the skilfully crafted and unique in style houses of Sozopol were built.


Apollonia Festival of Arts

Every summer in early September, Apollonia Festival of Arts attracts audience and gives tourists the most exciting experience from theater, music scene and arts.

Sozopol becomes the cultural center of Bulgaria for a month.
Talented Bulgarian musicians and bands, popular artists from around the world participate in the festival. Join in to see the premieres of concerts and performances, exhibitions, literature-dedicated happenings, and to see modern Bulgarian movies.


Architectural – historical complex with museum collection

“Southern fortress wall and tower” - Sozopol​

In the Southern part of the beautiful Sozopol there is a small and amiable museum. A restored old house of Sozopol, perched on the cliff seashore, touching with walls the Southern fortress wall.  This is one of the first private museums in the country.  In the museum you can see a granary of the V - VІ century, one of the very few completely preserved wells of the ancient Apolonia Pontica and the Bulgarian Black Sea coast from ІV - ІІІ century before Christ, restored part of the fortress wall and one of the great defence towers, which served the town until the ХІV century. You can also see there a chapel dating back to the XIII – XIV century. Together with this, in an exquisite manner are presented small historical and archaeological artifacts and details of ancient times. An incredible view to the Southern Bay of Sozopol and the calm sea invoke unforgettable memories.

Underwater Adventures: shipwrecks and stone forest

Rodina ship

If you are attracted to underwater depths and want to reach harmony and tranquility underwater, in Sozopol you will meet people ready to reveal the secrets of the sea for you.
Diving is a hobby or profession to many people in Sozopol. Under the waters in Sozopol stories are no less exciting than the story of the town. Under the sea near Sozopol lies RODINA ship – one of the nine pre-war cargo ships, ownership of the Bulgarian Marine Shipping Company, produced by Vulkan - Werke A.G.  The ship was launched on water in 1922 and has a displacement of  - 4159 brt.
On September 19th 1941 RODINA sailed loaded with grain from Istanbul to Varna, guarded by two Bulgarian minelayers. In the area of Sozopol, opposite Kolokita cape /where nowadays Sozopolis is built/, the ship encountered simultaneously two mines and sank. The guarding ships saved 37 people. Today, the ship lies well preserved, at an average depth of about 35-39 meters bent under angle of 45º. Its height from the bottom is 14 meters. The bow anchors are still there. There is an easy access to the super-structure and the holds. Coordinates are 42°24.'N 27°46.'E.

Mopang ship

In the deep of the Black Sea, at a distance of 5 кm North of Sozopol also lies MOPANG – American cargo ship of the Liberty ships type. The ship was constructed by Submarine Boat / Ship-building company in New Jersey, owned by Electric Boat Company /and later - General Dynamics /. It was launched on January 20th in 1920 with displacement 3545 brt. MOPANG had an engine of 1500 horse powers.It lies well preserved on its right board at a depth 24-32 meters. Its height from the bottom is 7 meters. Clearly distinct are the superstructures, parts of the stack and the upper deck. There is a free access to the hubs and parts of the cabins. Part of the load – heap of shoes, chests with spare parts and other, are visible in the hubs. At its place is also the screw of a diameter of three meters and the stern winch. Along the body slides the anchor chain, sinking in the sludge on the bottom. Coordinates are 42°28.' N 27°41.'Е

Sub-aquatic stone forest

Sub-aquatic stone forest Sozopol

Are you familiar with immersion? This term gives the most logical explanation for the presence of a sub-aquatic stone forest along the sea bed near Sozopol. Presently many are searching the truth for the formation of an attractive and unique underwater stone formation, but secrets are many, which makes excitement in diving into history still greater.


Ropotamo  tour

Only 10 km south from Sozopolis the reserve Ropotamo is located. The area along the flow of Ropotamo river was declared a reserve in 1940. It is known for its virgin nature, its variegated relief, cliff beaches, large sand strip, sand dunes, longose forests and swamps near the sea.  The rriver is named after the Greek goddess Ro (Ro in Greek means "to run” and “potamo” means “river”), who, with her songs and beauty has won the mercy of the pirates, who terrorised ancient Apolonia. The region was populated in the early Iron age XІ – X B.C. and later here came Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs and Proto-Bulgarians.  Since then there are remnants of the fortresses Burhama, Valchanovo cale, Dolmenite, the ancient ports along the mouth of Ropotamo river. You can also visit the sacrificial stones Apostol Tash, Beglik Tash and the Saint Paraskeva church.
There are lots of natural objects there – the estuary of Ropotamo river, the Arkutino swamp, longose forests, rock phenomena, wet lands, swamps and many other.  The estuary of Ropotamo river is one of the main tourist landmarks in the reserve. Within the boundaries of the reserve 257 species of birds can be traced, out of which 71 are recorded in the Red Book of Bulgaria.
The reserve is a habitat of rare animal species. The reserve is inhabited by 50 types of mammals: noble deer and lopatar – deer, roes, muflons, foxes, jackals, otters and colonies of bats live in the rock caves.  The extinct species of mammals are the bear, the lynx and the monk seal.

Beglik Tash

The unique Thracian sanctuary Beglik Tash was discovered in 2003, only 30 km south from Sozopol. It was defined as the earliest, found so far, Thracian megalith sanctuary in South-Eastern Thrace along the Black Sea coast.  Researches prove that since the end of the Bronze age (XIII B. C.) here thrived active human activity. The materials found prove that the sanctuary was mostly visited by Thracians. In its essence the location served similar functions as monasteries have nowadays.
It is basically connected with the cult to fertility, the Goddess - Mother and the Orphic dedication and immortalisation of Heroya.  The gifts of semi-precious stones testify this theory. No animal traces were found in the very well preserved sacrificial altar, only vegetative - only plants have been sacrificed instead.
The sanctuary consists of 1 central part and 2 circles of smaller structures around it, with total area of the sanctuary around 6000 sq. m. It is a circle of large boulders, placed on rocky surface in the middle of a green field. The stones which were brought there by humans are arranged in a unique manner, forming a clock, calendar and an observatory. For this Beglik Tash is famous as Bulgarian Stonehenge. The large boulders are partially processed by human hand and mounted there, and the stone slabs are arranged in unique shapes. In the flat cliffs stone circles, bathing pools and "mark steps" are cleft.  The residential buildings and the cult fireplaces complement the evidences for human activity there.
The legend says that Yason and the Argonauts have passed through the sanctuary as to consult the prophets and to grant gifts to Gods before setting off on their journey in seeking the Golden Fleece.
Now the archaeologists "reign" the ancient sanctuary and they still have to interpret its secrets.