My wife and I spent a lovely two weeks in the Hotel Selina, Sozopol, and 27th Aug to 10th Sept 2011. The date suits us as the British school kids are back and it is near the end of the tourist season so its quieter (the temperature was still above 30C and sunny). The Hotel Selina was a remarkable find. It is almost new with lots of in-house facilities (gym, health spa, internet etc). The hotel was very clean; rooms were ample, with free view TV, a must for all those important football games. The staff was very helpful, efficient and polite; no request was too much for them. The Animation crew (kids club) were very enthusiastic and took time out to teach me basic Bulgarian phrases, which was appreciated by many of the staff in the local restaurant/bars etc.
Other reviews say that a balcony sea view room is best, we tried to upgrade when we first arrived but found the room we had (facing the street, which caught the sun all day and was great for people watching until bedtime) was far better for us.
The pool area (not large, more like a plunge pool ,it’s warmer in the sea) was well placed, but, at that time of year the sun doesn’t clear the building to well, no real competition for sun beds but you have to be prepared to move stuff around to catch the rays. The bar shuts at twelve, which does not leave a lot of time for a nightcap.
During the first week, there was international Arts Festival, which was fabulous. Many free events during the day. We found a restaurant/bar across from the Amphitheatre, which allowed us to listen to the bands free (we are from Aberdeen Scotland remember ). The program was as diverse as German heavy rock bands to classical orchestras, with all sorts of other stuff in-between.
Solzpol is a nice place, not too commercial but not too quiet. The cost of living is low. Lots of fresh produce, mussels to die for.
At the Mexicana, which is in the new town, it cost me £3 (6 Lev) for two pints of beer and a bowl of chicken soup plus a tip. A nice afternoon stop off when I got bored of the Sun bathing. The old town is quaint with lots of churches, restaurants, bars and side streets to explore. The sea is safe to swim and there are plenty of lifeguards. They have seaweed/algae which wash’s up on shore. The Romans and Macedonians used the bay as a health spa for this reason, it feels a bit strange walking through it, but when you get to swimming depth, it is gone. The locals say that it sometimes smells (we only experienced one day of this).
We only did one excursion, a jeep safari, which was great; the driver (who was a political analyst and accountant who likes the summer lifestyle) filled us in with a lot of the history of the area. Be prepared of encountering abject poverty when you go out of the towns, it seems to be the accepted way of life.
We will defiantly be back.
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