6-10, September, Sozopol, Bulgaria
The fastest way to reach Sozopol is to fly to Bourgas, then take a taxi or a bus to Sozopol.
Sozopol is situated 30 km south of Bourgas. There are regular buses from Bourgas to Sozopol which leave every hour during the day (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) from just outside the central railway station in Bourgas. The price is approximately 2.50 BGN and the travel takes no more than 40 minutes. You can take a taxi which costs approximately 30 BGN (50 BGN at night). But keep in mind that the prices for taxis can be a bit higher around this time of year at the seaside.
Bourgas has an international airport which is 12 km north of the city. Contact your travel agent to get more information about possible charter flights to Bourgas. There are buses that will take you from Bourgas airport to the same place (in front of the central railway station) where the buses Bourgas-Sozopol operate. If no flights are available the nearest possible Bulgarian airport is Varna. Look at Varna-Bourgas bus route. Look also at Sofia-Bourgas bus route and Sofia-Bourgastrain route.
The central railway station in Sofia is easy to get to; just ask for directions at any information desk. To get from Sofia airport to the central station by public transport, take the subway.
This is not difficult. You have to reach Bourgas by one of the usual main routes (from Sofia, or north from Varna).
The Conference will be held in Sozopol, in Sofia Technical University Leisure House.
We recommend you the Technical University Leisure House, where the symposium will be held.
The town of Sozopol is located 34 kilometers south of Bourgas on a slender rocky peninsula and is the oldest of Bulgaria`s coastal towns. Founded in 610 BC by Miletian Greeks, their colony of Apollonia thrived as a middleman between the Greek world and the indigenous Thracians. Today, this charming place is a popular tourist resort best known for its casual ambiance, two sandy beaches, and distinctive nineteenth-century stone and wood houses.
A stroll along the old town`s twisting, narrow cobblestone lanes reveals a host of National Revival-era houses, their stone foundations and overhanging upper stories of weathered wood topped by Mediterranean-style red-tiled roofs. Sea-facing Morski Skali and Milet streets are lined with small restaurants and cafes, ideal for taking in the views while digging into a plate of tasty locally-raised midi (mussels).
Notable sights in the old town include the 17th-century Sveta Bogoroditsa (Holy Virgin) Church, built partly below ground in accordance with prevailing Ottoman dictates and Chapel St. Zosim built in 1857 in the park of the town, over the ruins of a mediaeval church. Also, Sozopol`s archaeological museum features a collection of amphorae, stone anchors, and model ships representative of the Phoenicians, Cypriots and other ancient mariners who sailed into Apollonia harbor. Relative to the old town, the new town is somewhat colorless although it does feature the better of Sozopol`s two beaches, located on the southern side of the Harmanite ("threshing-floor") headland.