Sozopol is an increasingly popular Bulgarian Black Sea town, and it’s easy to see why. The town centre is charming and quiet — a refreshing difference from the party scene elsewhere on the seashore — and the beach is dotted with bars and cafes. Bobbing boats bring in fresh seafood and wooden houses line the Old Town cobblestone streets. Here’s our pick for the best places to stay in Sozopol.
Technically, Hotel More is pronounced ‘mor-eh’, the Bulgarian word for sea. But its name also fits with its English definition. From the plant-filled outdoor cafe to the wood-panelled sauna, the hotel packs amenities of larger complexes into a compact building within walking distance of the old town and beach. Fancy renting a car to explore the coastline? Front desk will help.
Just outside of Sozopol and right on the water, you can settle into one of Santa Marina’s villas. In addition to the resort’s multiple pools, restaurants, and tennis courts, it’s also home to more than 330 local and exotic trees, giving a leafy feel to the surroundings. Head to Nostalgie’s bakery for the best cakes around. There’s also an indoor playground with childcare attendants, ready to entertain kids up to 12 years old.
At Blue Bay, even the fitness centre pulls off a calming aesthetic. The hotel’s airy neutral rooms with wood and stone accents open up to a garden or Sozopol’s yacht port and include a bathrobe for maximum lounging in the sea breeze. When you decide to head out, the hotel is close to the central beach, main square, and outdoor amphitheatre.
You can’t miss Villa List’s blue-and-white facade in the heart of Sozopol’s new town. The pool and spa’s aquatic-themed mosaic tiles create a relaxing way to enjoy the water on site, and the sea is just beyond the hotel property. Choose from simple double suites to an apartment with spectacular water views. Grab some complimentary breakfast, then head out for one of their bright blue umbrellas on the central beach.
If you’re travelling with friends who want to camp on the beach but you’re just not feeling the sandy sleeping arrangements, Hotel Kandrovi is a great fit. It’s a short distance from three campsites with a bus running between them and the hotel. The family spot has a lush outside patio and balconies on most rooms, plus a small play area for young children.
For travellers on a budget, the Hotel Chuchulev is a great choice to be close to the beach without breaking the bank. The garden is bursting with flowers and the property is just a two-minute walk from Haramite Beach. Even though you’re close to everything, the rooms are quiet at night with a choice of simple doubles, triples and apartments for self-catering.
The family-run Hotel Muses is tucked on a quiet street off of one of Sozopol’s main hotel boulevards, giving you peace and quiet without compromising on the short walk to the popular Haramite Beach. It’s also close to smaller, quieter beaches just behind the gold, sandy dunes. If you need a break from the sun, relax on the hotel’s shaded terrace by the pool.
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