In Hungarian / Magyarul – SZOZOPOL vagy NESSZEBÁR – Két gyönyörű város a Fekete-tenger partján
Not everyone would go on holiday to Bulgaria. It is not famous for an exciting landscape like Lanzarote (no, here are rather mountains and lakes like the Rila 7 Lakes), for culture like Sicily, for amazing beaches like the Maldives just some examples that pop into my mind. But there are also some things to see here at Sunny Beach. I write AT Sunny Beach because on Sunny Beach there is nothing to see except more than 400 hotels, thousands of shops, restaurants, bars, party venues.
No, in the nearby there is NESSEBAR, which is on the list of the UNESCO World heritage sites and a bit more far is SOZOPOL.
You can visit the Old Town of Sozopol from Sunny Beach by bus or you can go on an excursion – which is more comfortable – and then not only Sozopol but you will see the River Ropotamo too.
It is a Natural Reserve, there are many species of birds, fish and you can go on a short boat trip there. The Ropotamo is also called the Bulgarian Amazon, because its shores are so exotic…
Sozopol is one of the oldest towns on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. It has a long history: Greek colony (Apollonia), part of the Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires, part of Bulgaria since the 19th century.
The town is full of cobbled streets and pretty wooden houses.
But not only those rather some nice beaches you can find here too,
a harbour with small boats
and a very nice beach promenade.
Let’s not to forget that in the Archeological Museum you can find the Vampire of Sozopol: The remains of a skeleton pierced with an iron bar in the heart. It is believed he was a very cruel nobleman and the locals made sure he wouldn’t rise from the grave. Well, Romania with its Count Dracula is in the nearby.
Nessebar is very similar to Sozopol and is not that far from Sunny beach. You can go there by bus or you can take the small tourist trains. I was a bit lost in the streets of Nessebar the first time I went there, they are so similar but I must confess it is more charming than Sozopol.
It is on a peninsula and it is more than 3,000 years old. It was a Thracian settlement, then the Greeks came, the Romans, it was part of the Byzantine Empire, Bulgarian Empire, it was an Ottoman province and slowly from the 19th century it started to develop.
The symbols of Nessebar is the windmill that can be found at the entrance of the Old Town.
Now the most important attractions are the 40 Eastern Ortodox churches (some just ruins)
and the wooden houses.
These wooden houses (similar in Sozopol) built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture. They are very romantic 🙂
Nessebar vs Sozopol
Nessebar is in the nearby, Sozopol is more far. Nessebar is more beautiful (in my opinion) with the small narrow streets and the many wooden houses, Sozopol is more quiet, less tourists visit it. In Nessebar there are more restaurants (Bulgarian, fish..etc) than in Sozopol.
Your decision which one you would visit, I would suggest both if you are in the nearby.