Sozopol (Созопол) is a busy fishing port and holiday resort, especially popular with East European tourists. The town’s charm owes much to its architecture, the old wooden houses jostling for space, their upper storeys almost meeting across the town’s narrow cobbled streets. The oldest settlement in Bulgaria, Sozopol was founded in the seventh century BC by Greek colonists.

The Archeological Museum behind the library holds a worthwhile collection of ancient ceramics, as well as a number of artefacts uncovered in the local area. Further into the town, follow the signs to the Southern Fortress Wall and Tower Complex, which gives access to a beautifully restored tower dating from the fourth century BC.

Sozopol’s two small beaches are predictably overcrowded in high season, so it’s worth making the short trip north to the emptier beaches around the Zlatna Ribka campsite.

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