SOZOPOL, the oldest settlement on the coast,
was founded in the seventh century BC by Ionian colonists from Miletus, who called
the town Apollonia and prospered by trading Greek textiles and wine for honey
and corn. Today its a busy fishing port and the favoured resort of Bulgarias
literary and artistic set. The Church of the Holy Virgin (for opening times
enquire at the Archeological Museum), built in the nineteenth century, features
a finely carved iconostasis and bishops throne, but its the old houses that
give Sozopol its charm. With space at a premium, their upper storeys project so
far out that houses on opposite sides of the narrow, cobbled streets almost meet.
Sozopols Archeological Museum (MonFri 8am4.30pm, Sat & Sun 10am2pm),
hidden behind the library, should not be missed for its collection of amphoras
dredged from the surrounding waters and its display of exquisitely decorated Greek
vases called kraters.
The Mehana Sozopol, ul Apoloniya, and the Vyatarna Melnitsa,
ul Morski Skali, are a couple of good, if touristy, restaurants both
featuring occasional live music. The Italian-influenced food at Cazanova,
on the cliffside path on the east side of the old town, attracts a trendier crowd.