On 28 July 2010 during archaeological excavations on St. Ivan Island near Sozopol, the remains of the first saint in Christianity – John the Baptist, were found. He is among the most honoured saints all over the world, not only by Christians, but Muslims as well. The relics of the saint are dispersed on three continents, and the believers pilgrim to seek them out. On 5 August 2010, the remains were officially handed from the State of Bulgaria to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and are now stored in the temple of St. George in Sozopol , which, up until this moment contained part of the Holy Cross and the remains of St. Andrew, and now – the remains of the Baptist.
The most occupied time of the year for the town is from the beginning of May until mid-October when tourists from all over the world visit Sozopol to enjoy the weather, the beaches, the history, the culture, the religious riches of the town and the nearby areas, the diverse cuisine (Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish) and the atmosphere of the bright-colored resort.