Reasons to visit Sozopol in Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

After Sofia and Dimitrovgrad, my Bulgarian trip started with Sozopol, one of the oldest cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. It is located about 35 km south of Burgas. We were there just long enough to dip our feet in the sea, which means not long at all. It is a very popular destination for Bulgarian tourists in the summer months of May-September. Still not major for the average traveller as people don’t spend as much time in a country like Bulgaria other than for cities like Sofia, Plovdiv & Veliko Turnovo. Keep reading for Things to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria.

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria
What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

The Cost

Being a visitor in Bulgaria is quite awesome because the change rate is awesome and things can be very cheap, specifically in smaller cities like Sozopol. Food & Accomodation is very reasonably priced. In Sozopol, everything is pretty close. You can walk to the city center (which is the old town) and along the coast to find restaurants. A lot of Russian tourist are to be found in Sozopol. The Bulgarian Coast is definitely one of their top destinations for some beach time aside from Nha Trang and Mui Ne in Vietnam!

The Transport

Sozopol isn’t too far from Bourgas, 33 kilometers appart from eachother. At the central Bourgas station, board on a bus to Sozopol and voilĂ . At the time, the bus ticket cost less than 5$US per person, from our quick Google research, it should be the same average today!

The Food

When in Sozopol, take a walk and try to find a local restaurant in which they are dancing and playing live music. You can also ask a local, but if you don’t feel like it, get adventurous like we did! Here are some picture of the restaurant we found. It was great real Bulgarian food and we obviously witnessed live musicians dancing and inviting all the customers to dance. It was a great hit of Bulgarian culture.

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

A must eat and specialty along the coast of Bulgaria is to eat fried fish. It is so good. Do not miss it! This is probably something I’d get every day. They don’t fry it too much and you don’t feel guilty eating it. Oh dear I miss Bulgaria for this, Asian beaches seriously doesn’t give you this kind of seafood, but we can all agree it is a different experience. For y’all out there in Asia, you can’t say I’m wrong until you come to eastern Bulgaria to try this!

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

Also, I woke up a few times early in the morning to go sit down by the beach where you can find a good amount of café/bistros. A digital nomads routine dream!

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

If you are a foodie, there are plenty of restaurants where you can taste the variety of dishes offered at the Black Sea Coast. The Shopska salad is a Bulgarian must, fried zucchini with garlic sauce and the fresh fish! To go full Bulgarian, for main course get the traditional dishes of stuffed peppers, moussaka, and tarator (LOVE tarator, it’s walnuts, garlic, cucumbers and yogurt, so refreshing!).

The Architecture

You have to stroll around the Old Town to feel the historical vibe of Sozopol. My favorite is the wooden houses with upper stories that are over 100-year-old. So I said before Sozopol was an old city, but I didn’t show much of it on my photography. Looking back at my pictures, I didn’t take too many of the architecture. I use to not focus as much into architecture back in the days! Crazy how we change the way we travel the more the travel experience grows

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

The Beaches

The Beaches are less crowded than in Burgas! The beach is also right in the center of town. If you are feeling adventurous, there are beaches of the nearby camping sites, Kavatzi & Smokinya.

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

The Peace

To be honest, it was pretty much it! Don’t expect to go there to party. Party places are in the bigger cities like Burgas and Varna, therefore that’s why you hear the Chalga singers naming those cities in their songs! If you are looking for less touristy places, Sozopol is to be considered!

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria
“Street food” for breakfast, Bulgarian style! I had to obviously get a Banitsa.

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

This is some other Bulgaria pastry that I can’t quite remember the name of it. Also, meet one of my Dunny’s, part of my photo project. I will tell you more about it in another post.

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

The first time in my life I saw outdoor gyms. Actually my first one was in Dimitrovgrad, but I didn’t take any picture of it. At the time, I thought this was pretty odd, but now that I’ve been in Asia, oh hell that concept is simply called … NORMAL!

The following 4 pictures were taken at the beach restaurant Deja Vu (ЎДжа ĐČю). Painted all in white, this place clearly made me feel so Zen. It was the perfect place to enjoy my fried fish, drink some Bulgarian beer and enjoy the sea breeze.
What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria

The following is the great view of our hotel to the horizon. I loved it so much… to wake up early to sit on the balcony and write on the blog before heading down to the beach.

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

Reasons to visit Sozopol, Bulgaria
A lot of planking during that trip. Ahh #OldTimes

This guy was super adorable. Not to mention his t-shirt had nothing to do at all with being “Mr. Grumpy. Super sweet and, hey, can’t say anything negative anyway to the man that was making your crĂȘpes right?

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria

What to do in Sozopol, Bulgaria
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  • christopher mitchell

    I kind of like that this is finally a “beach destination” of sorts where partying isn’t the emphasis. Also, I’ve got to give you kudos for the casual plank!

  • Archana Singh

    Frankly I had not even heard about Sozopol before reading your post. Your pictures are stunning and you seem to have had lot of fun. I would love to explore the places you went to.

  • Sozopol seems like my kind of place when it is about peace and sweet little things. The photos make it look so cheerful and lovely. I would love to spend days in such cozy places..

  • travellingslacker

    I’d never even heard of sozopol. I love the color palette of you photographs… and some crazy yoga postures too… And the kind of food out there is what I’d never expected in Europe. They look too fried and spicy like India.

  • Diana C

    Your photos are gorgeous! Bulgaria is top of my list now, after making some friends from Bulgaria this summer 🙂 I love that Sozopol is a quieter area – I live in the city so any chance to escape and get some peace and quiet sounds good to me!

  • Mimi’s Migration

    I have been to Sofia before and thought it was beautiful. It made me want to see more of the country and you just sold me. It looks absolutely beautiful there and the food sounds delicious!

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    Sozopol is stunning and looks really cozy. To get that local Bulgarian experience, this is the place to visit I guess. Love all you pictures and the planks as well.

  • This looks like a slice of paradise no tourist just authentic local experience. I love to visit there.

  • Karoliina Kazi

    This part of Bulgaria looks great too and I love your pictures! Well done with all the planks 🙂

  • Thank you for the wonderfull description about Bulgaria,we would like to welcome you or you friends in DreamBg Holiday Apartment in Sozopol…