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    Sozopol, the Real Golden Beach of Bulgaria

    Sozopol, the Real Golden Beach of Bulgaria
    Starts from

    Varna

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    18

    Duration

    16 hours

    Length

    334 km

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Varna

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    16 hours

    Length

    334 km

    History and CultureNatural AttractionsUnusual LocationsFamily-Friendly
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    Desi Kadra

    Desi Kadra

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Explore the ancient history and see its remains in the Old Town of Sozopol.
    • Sunbathe in one of the best, but not as touristy, beaches of Bulgaria.
    • Experience true magic and awe at the whimsical Ravadinovo castle.
    While Varna and Sunny Beach tend to get most of the fame from tourists, Sozopol, on the other hand, is a true hidden gem, that contains golden beaches without the tourists crowds. Sozopol is one of the oldest beach towns of Bulgaria. Featuring many ancient remains throughout the town, it is an incredible and one of the most romantic places to spend the day in.

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    While Varna and Sunny Beach tend to get most of the fame from tourists, Sozopol, on the other hand, is a true hidden gem, that contains golden beaches without the tourists crowds. Sozopol is one of the oldest beach towns of Bulgaria. Featuring many ancient remains throughout the town, it is an incredible and one of the most romantic places to spend the day in.
    Desi Kadra

    Desi Kadra

    Travel Expert

    • Explore the ancient history and see its remains in the Old Town of Sozopol.
    • Sunbathe in one of the best, but not as touristy, beaches of Bulgaria.
    • Experience true magic and awe at the whimsical Ravadinovo castle.

    Day Itinerary

    18 Activities
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    Day 1

    334 km2 km

    Ancient History, Magic and Beauty in Sozopol

    Today you will see some of the most beautiful parts of the town of Sozopol. Dive into the ancient history and see how the locals used to live hundreds of years ago. You will also be amazed of some truly magical places around the town, that spark the imagination and which are perfect for a family trip. Finally, experience the crystal clear waters of the best beach in the region.
    So, bring your camera and a swimsuit as it will be a fun day!
    08:00

    Varna

    70 km1 hr 20 min
    View Point Balcan
    09:3010 min

    View Point Balcan

    Open Details
    Stop off at this viewpoint to enjoy an incredible vista of the mountains. Bulgaria is known for its nature and long-stretching mountains that go from east to west of the country, and you can see part of them in this region.
    70.7 km1 hr 20 min
    Обърнатата Къща
    11:0010 min

    Обърнатата Къща

    Landmark
    Open Details
    A fun place to stop off for some amazing photos. This upside-down house is pretty impressive and incredibly realistic. While the entry fee can be a little pricey, it’s still worth checking out, even if it’s from the outside.
    11.2 km20 min
    Parking
    11:305 min

    Parking

    Parking
    Open Details
    Park your car here, so you can enjoy your day in the city. Walk by the beach to enjoy the scenery of the golden beach here.
    277 m5 min
    Fortress walls of the late antique and medieval town of Sozopol, V-XIV.
    11:4515 min

    Fortress walls of the late antique and medieval town of Sozopol, V-XIV.

    Landmark
    Open Details
    Visiting this part of the city is such a delight. The cobblestoned streets and walls take you back into the medieval times when kings rules these lands. Walk past the town walls and soak up the ancient beauty.
    234 m5 min
    Ethnographic Museum
    12:1545 min

    Ethnographic Museum

    Landmark
    Open Details
    Learn about Bulgaria’s traditional and folklore origin, which are very distinctive from other European countries. From the costumes to textiles and music. The Ethnographic museum will be like a mini history lesson into the original culture of Bulgaria. A great way to get acquainted with the customs here.
    Open Hours: Summer Monday - Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
    Winter Tuesday - Saturday: 08:30 – 12:45, 13:30 – 17:15 Sunday - Monday: closed
    38 m5 min
    Ресторант Ривиера Созопол/Restaurants Riviera Sozopol
    13:151 hr

    Ресторант Ривиера Созопол/Restaurants Riviera Sozopol

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    Make the most of this part of town, by stopping off for lunch at this great restaurant. They offer a delicious range of seafood and incredibly tasty desserts. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon while enjoying the beautiful vista of the sea.
    Open Hours: Monday - SUnday: 08:00 - 00:00
    70 m5 min
    The Old Town Of Sozopol (Obsolete)
    14:3030 min

    The Old Town Of Sozopol (Obsolete)

    Museum
    Open Details
    The most romantic part of the town. Cobblestoned streets, old, wooden houses. Spend some time walking through the charming streets, where cute art galleries and souvenir shops fill the streets of this beautiful part of the city.
    Walking here, you really get a feel of the life back then and how people used to live. Also, there're many great locations for those photo moments. Make the most of them.
    92 m5 min
    The Holy Virgin Church
    15:1510 min

    The Holy Virgin Church

    Church
    Open Details
    This stunning church is pretty unusual as unlike others, it doesn’t rise high into the sky, but rather appears to be on one floor, constructed half-buried in the earth, making it barely noticeable. This was because the church was built during the Turkish rule, who banned Bulgarians from building tall buildings. Despite that, this church is a masterpiece. It features beautiful carvings made by popular Bulgarian artists from the region.
    Look around inside to see beautiful sacred art and the part religion played in Bulgaria, especially in the old times.
    The church is open every day, although there are no exact opening hours.
    90 m5 min
    Arch of the ancient city of Apollonia
    15:3010 min

    Arch of the ancient city of Apollonia

    Open Details
    Visit the remains of the ancient city Apollonia that was previously here during the Thracian period. A hidden gem right inside the old city, it gives a great image of what the old town used to look like.
    445 m10 min
    Parking
    15:505 min

    Parking

    Parking
    Open Details
    Collect your car, so you can now enjoy the most popular beach of the region.
    28 m5 min
    Harmanite Beach
    16:301 hr 30 min

    Harmanite Beach

    Landmark
    Open Details
    Golden, fine sand. Crystal clear water. This is the “Sunny Beach” of Sozopol, which some say is even better than the original. This beach takes up a large part of the southern part of Sozopol, and it is the best place to unwind on a summer day.
    You will have plenty of space to yourself, and there are a number of greats bars and shops around. Spend some time here to soak up the sun before your next visit.
    6.4 km10 min
    The Castle of Ravadinovo
    18:1545 min

    The Castle of Ravadinovo

    Landmark
    Open Details
    If you are looking for some magic today, this is the right place. The castle of Ravadinovo is a truly magical and whimsical site to visit. It offers thousands of exotic trees, plants and flowers, lakes with swans and game activities to play, this place has it all.
    It features many rooms with different activities to do, or you can choose to stroll through the gardens and connect with the wildlife and plants around. Visit here to be amazed at the creativity and inspiring sites available.
    Open Hours: Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
    Reservations for tickets are required in advance. Check the official website to book them.
    5.8 km15 min
    The Windmill
    19:151 hr

    The Windmill

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    Windmill restaurant is one of the popular choice for dining and for a good reason. Not only do you get great Bulgarian and European cuisine, but they also feature dance performances. Great atmosphere and stunning views. Try to book a table close to the center, so you can see the performance in all its glory.
    Open Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 00:00
    Reservations: +359887270022
    234 m5 min
    Cape Skamni
    20:2010 min

    Cape Skamni

    Open Details
    Before heading back to the car, stop off at this rocky viewpoint to make the most of the landscape and views here.
    110.6 km2 hrs
    Нос "Свети Атанас"
    22:3015 min

    Нос "Свети Атанас"

    Landmark
    Open Details
    Halfway to your way back home, stop off at this beautiful viewpoint and excavation. It features some beautiful artwork of the ancient seaside town and incredible views of the sea.
    56.6 km1 hr
    23:45

    Varna

    It's the end of your trip. Spend some time to reflect on all that you learned and saw.
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