My personal rating on seaside Cafes is based on:
1) Friendly approach of the staff - they are here for your Holiday, not to make money out of you.
2) Non-intrusive music
3) Good design
4) On the beach - coastline if possible
5) Unique charm
6) Locals in the cafe
and this *Sunset cafe* perfectly fits. It has nice and friendly waitresses, the music is Italian (divine Italian music:) especially written for blue-skies-sea-coasts), the furniture and floor is in gentle cappuchino coloursa dn there are locals in the cafe (the hihgest recommendation - if they like it, the cafe is ok).
I could see the quiet waters of the quay from it and the fishermen preparing their boats and also stupid little things which adds to its charm - a door to be painted, grafities on the walls of the nearby shack, a bread being delivered and oh...navy guys! So many pleasures for my eyes! :)
You can simply sit with your diary there and write down all the best things in life coming in your mind.
There are several companies doing boat trips, 3 euro per ticket, but only one has the biggest and beautiful three-floor boat. Unfortunately I dont remeber its name :) haha...anyway - it leaves from the main quay in 19.45 so you can to a point recognize it. It was the only one there, then.
If you go to Sozopol, you'll notice the hundreds of stray cats in the streets, especially in the Old Town. You wouldn't feel sorry for them. As there's a restaurant/tavern/cafe in any other house, or a generous lonely granny, these cats get enough food and care from both owners and tourists. You can judge that by their rich and thick furry coats and quite round bellies... And the way they lie in the sun on top of a fence or in the street, half closing their eyes, you know that they're blissful. They look so happy that I've often envied them. They have their own territory and walk their few maters lazily from time to time. If you try to 'contact' them, they look back with self-satisfaction and contempt...
Besides the cats, there are street dogs too, although not that many. Once walking in a quiet street the cute little puppy in the pic came to me and we started playing. I wished I could've taken him home, but since I didn't want a third world war with my mother, I had a photo with him and had to say bye...
My favourite is a rocky beach surrounding the Old Town. There is no sand but some of the rocks are flat and comfortable. It's fun to climb them too. Between some of the rocks in the central part there's a small pool where the water is deep enough so you can just from the surrounding rocks. This beach is just opposite of St. Ivan's island and could be used for a starting point for a swim to the island. This is only for very experienced swimmers, however, so I don't recomend it.
Thre are not too many tourists as they prefer the sandy beaches but often you can see art students sketching this beautiful place.
Sozopol is also a famous beach resort by the Black Sea. The day we were there the waves were big and there was black flag showing that no swimming was allowed. The sea, however, was crystal green and beautiful.
It was hot outdoors and even hotter in the museum, because there was no A/C and it was in the second floor, but nevertheless it was very interesting and worth a visit. There werr numerous red and black figural vases, coloured glass vessels, jewellry, amphoras and anchors, but unfortunately you will have to use your imagination to picture them because I have no photos. I am sure that I took some there but there are none in my photo album.
September 1-10 every year. A great time to visit, the crowds are gone (alsmost), the weather is still nice and warm enough to go to the beach and there are lots of concerts, shows and exhibitions to visit.
In evening many restaurants offer live music. Local band play generally folk bulgarian music. They encourage tourists to dancing and having fun. And believe me –it’s so magical atmosphere that you don’t want to leave restaurant ;-)
There is an Art Gallery BISSERA in the Old Sozopol. You can buy there beautiful paintings with the Sozpolo’s views but not only, interesting graphics, photos, plastic, wooden and earthen arts. It’s ideal place to buy original gifts.
Port Sozopol is used for passenger transportation, tours and cargo shipment. There are seven ship places and a harbour station with a checkpoint. Moreover Sozopol offers yacht harbours and quays for fishing boats in the town of Sozopol.
The architecture in Sozopol is extremely picturesque and intimate. Oriels jut out so much that the streets resemble tunnels where hospitality is offered in shop and taverns. It is the street architecture that gives Sozopol its unique charm
The most interesting thing is probably the old town with its interesting old-style wooden houses (some of them are national monuments)
The island of St. Ivan is situated just 2km away from the old town in northern direction. St. Ivan is the biggest Black Sea island in Bulgarian territorial waters. The island shelters a sonar lighthouse, which together with the lighthouse on the Emine cape shows the way to the Bourgas Bay. Once upon a time, the island hosted a monastery called the Holy Virgin, which was later renamed into St. Ivan Prodromos.
You can get there by taking a boat from port in Old Town in Sozopol.
The town of Sozopol is one of the cultural centres of national significance. The "Apollonia" yearly art holidays are a sui generis festival of modern Bulgarian art of all genres and forms and are very important for its development.
The first Apollonia Festival of Arts was held in Sozopol in 1984. Sozopol is among the oldest Bulgarian cities. Art people – artists, musicians, writers, poets, actors and architects are a significant part of the regular visitors. The unique atmosphere of the city is a true inspiration for creative work. The Festival’s main goal is to show the whole variety of achievements in Bulgarian art; to preserve tradition and to support new ideas, the experimental and unusual vision in all art types. /http://www.apollonia.dir.bg/en/about.html/
This is actually the beach of a camping called Gold Fish, mostly visited by surfers. The beach is long and wide enough, and quite calm comparing to the other beaches around.
Using of umbrella costs 1.50 $ per day.
Entering the beach/camping costs 0.25 $ per person per day.
You can enter it by your car, but this will cost 1.50 $ for the day.
Very nice place and plenty of space on the beach.
This beach is wider and longer than the Central beach, so it is a better option during the busy months of July and August. A big number of small restaurants and places to eat and drink are located nearby this beach.
If you want to lie under the umbrellas or use a chair you will be asked to pay a fee of 2 $ for the day. If you do not want to use any of these facilities you will be asked to go a little further from the Sea where you can stay free of charge.
This beach is served by bay watch people, but be careful because there are underwater streams that could be dangerous. If the waves are too big and the flag is red the bay watch people will ask you not to enter the Sea.
Top-less sunbathing is allowed, nudists are not allowed here, although you can meet nudists at the end of this beach .
Entering the beach is free of charge.