During the recent Easter break in March, we went to the coastal side of Bulgaria to utilize the three day holiday. While our base was a relatively big city called Burgas, we went on day-trips to nearby cute towns like Sozopol and Nessebar.
As we arrived in Sozopol just a 40 minute bus ride away from Burgas, we noticed that the town was almost deserted. No beachside bars and cafes were open and the beach itself was in shabby state. But it was lovely to walk around its beaches, explore the charming old town and enjoy the views. Luckily a few restaurants were open, so that made our exploring even more enjoyable.
Sozopol is a small town on the coast of Black Sea. It sees most activities in the summer months, but we felt that summer was just around the corner when we saw businesses renovating their properties and beaches being filled with sand and flattened. Due to its size, the whole town of Sozopol is easily walkable, and the walk was very relaxing too as we admired the coastal views and the architecture in its old town.
It was a little cold and windy, but nothing that a shot of homemade Bulgarian rakia couldn’t solve!
I noticed mostly red and white wrist bands tied and left on the newly blossoming trees in several places, and I was curious what that could be. A little search over the internet revealed that Bulgarians celebrate Baba Marta Day on March 1st when people exchange the wrist bands and wear that throughout the month until a stork or a blossoming tree is seen. They then leave the wrist band, or sometimes a tassel on the tree symbolizing the coming of spring. After finding that out, I felt even more so that spring had already started!
A stroll in the old town with its pretty cobblestone streets led us to a restaurant that was open. We went in and excitedly found out that it’s set in the perfect seaside location with a view of a nearby island as well.
Just at that moment, the sun made its reappearance from among the clouds, and we spent a relaxing hour or two there admiring the views from our table, watching the antics of the hovering seagulls and of course enjoying our food and drinks.
After leaving the restaurant and walking a little further, we reached the port of Sozopol and discovered thousands of transparent jellyfish on the water! The port was sleepy with majority of the boats docked. We saw some locals repairing their boats, possibly getting them ready for the upcoming warm season.
Even though the town was very quiet and had few visitors, I really enjoyed our leisurely time in this picturesque seaside town just a short drive from the more bustling city of Burgas.