History and location

Ahtopol is the southernmost Bulgarian town on the Black Sea coast. The picturesque mouth of the Veleka River is only 5 km away to the South. When landing at the Bourgas Airport you have the opportunity to rent a car and easily reach Ahtopol only after 57 km. The history of Ahtopol dates back to 9th century during the time of Khan Krum. The city had many names in different ages – Aganipolis (in the city of love), Ableo Tihos and Agatonpolis. As Ahtopol it exists since around 430 BC and it has always been like this since the Thracians.

The most attractive historical sights in Ahtopol are the remaining walls of the city and frescoes depicting the First Bulgarian Empire established in 681. The local population of Ahtopol is mainly occupied by tourism, offering accommodation, hotel services, restaurants and entertainment for adults and the little ones. In addition, the city offers car rental services, which will allow you to visit a number of nearby sights.

Tourists Guide

The little town surprises us with its charm and opportunities for a perfect summer holiday away from the noise and vanity of the large seaside resorts. Coming to Ahtopol you will find the tranquility and contentment that you need for the absolute family holiday. Great advantage of this seaside gem is related to its location and to the fact that the water in the area is warm and pleasant for swimming until October. This is the reason for the long summer season in the town. The beach is 2 km long and the seabed is almost flat and shallow.
The mouth of the Veleka River is a picturesque place combining natural beauty, rare protected species and opportunities to get close to the massive rock formation, imitating a mighty warrior, the guardian of Ahtopol. By renting a car, you will be able to visit the nearby resorts and to diversify and enrich your experiences. The nearest destinations are:

  • Sinemorets is located 5 km south of Ahtopol
  • Rezovo is 16 km away, nearby the Turkish border
  • Carevo is 14 kilometers north of town

Transport services

You can reach Ahtopol only by bus or by car. If you are looking for the comfort and security of a car and you don’t have your own – trust a company offering rent-a-car services. Renting a car can be done from anywhere in the country. If you have arrived in Burgas by air or rail, you can get the car of your choice, at the time and place you desire. This convenience will give you a well-deserved break with the opportunity to visit all the destinations on our Southern Black Sea coast that are worth your attention.


The area of Ahtopol possesses beautiful and pristine nature and is part of the territory of Strandja National Park. The city is situated at Stranja valley, on a rocky peninsula by the Black Sea coast. Ahtopol has a relaxed atmosphere and is more of a family-type resort. Located nearby is “St. Constantine and Elena” Chapel with its holy water spring. The ancient landmark in Ahtopol is the old part of the town, which dates back to the First Bulgarian Empire. Despite the increased urbanization, the city retains its setting of a quiet place for recreation and relaxation during the beautiful summer season.

The fortress of Agathopolis, built by Thracians and Greeks, Romans, and later by Bulgarians and Byzantines, is built of large stones, welded by mortar. Another monument of culture in Ahtopol is the Greek school, built in the early 20th century. The village of Kosti located near the mouth of the Veleka River is known for its fire dancing. In the immediate vicinity of Ahtopol is Sinemorets, which welcomes us with its beautiful pristine beaches, unique views and numerous opportunities for entertainment. About 3 km north you will find the village of Varvara. It’s a preferred destination for divers because of the underwater reefs and depths. Cape Silistar and the bay around it are a part of the protected area of Dokuzak. The bay of Silistar is a fabulous place. Here the sea is quiet and the water is clear. Dive in the bliss of nature, forget about the dullness of your daily uniform routine. Ahtopol will offer everything you need for a ideal family holiday.