If you search for a holiday, giving you full relaxation, Ahtopol is the place you are looking for. This is a small town on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, only 87 km south-east of the city of Bourgas and close to the border with Turkey. It is at the foot of Strandzha Planina, giving the visitors the chance to enjoy beach and mountain at the same time. The Ahtopol sea coast has the biggest number of sunny and hot days during the summer. Moreover, its beautiful beach is 2 km long, with fine golden sand and worm, placid water.
The name of the town has been preserved since ancient times. It was built on the place of a Thracian settlement. The Romans called it Peronticus. The town was colonized in teh 6th century before Christ. The Byzantine leader Agaton restored the town after the barbarian invasions and gave it its own name Agatopolis - City of Happiness, which the Bulgarians took in turn. At the end of 14th century the Turks conquered it and called it Ahtenbolu. It was burnt down and devastated by sea pirates many times. In 1912 it was burnt down again. The present day town was built anew. There are remains of a fortress wall and a large wall mural featuring the founding of the First Bulgarian State in 681. The Assumption church, built in 1776 has interesting frescoes. There are the St. Yani Monastery and a fountain, where a Thracian horseman is painted.
A popular landmark of Ahtopol are the left overs of the city fortresses, writings, and fromation of the First Bulgarian Estate in 681. Interesting to see are the church "Vaznesenie", the monastery "Iani" and the fountain thracian horse.
The fortress Agatopol is build of thracians, greeks, romans, and later bulgarians and bisantiums. It is build of large stones put together with chorosan. The height is 8 meters tall.
Ancient Ahtopol, known in the past with its multistaged buildings and narrow cobblestoned streets, is today come into being as small pearl in the crown of the Black Sea coastline.