Why you need to go: The ancient town of Sozopol on the Black Sea Coast is one of Bulgaria’s most historic cities. Dating back even before the times of Ancient Greece, the city’s old town features cobblestone streets and the characteristically ramshackle two-story houses common in Ottoman cities. In the summer season, it is a lively resort town for Bulgarian tourists who come for sun, good food, and the fantastic beaches.
The one must-do thing: Stroll through the picturesque old town before hitting the waterfront for a glass of local wine and some serious sunbathing on the beautiful Harmani beach.
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