Matt & Megan
Nude Beach Map. Visited 2023
Alepu Beach (also known as Drivers’ Beach) is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon, there isn’t much to do here but enjoy the beach and soak up the sunshine. Unlike beaches closer to the city like Harmanite Beach, you won’t find any food options, vendors or facilities here at all. On our visit we wondered whether we were in the right location when we parked the car. However after following a trail over the small sandhill, we emerged onto the picture perfect beach and setup our beach gear. The Bulgarian families that were here came prepared with large coolers, huge umbrellas and massive beach blankets. It can get really hot here, especially with the sandhill acting as a wind break – so its important to bring all your supplies. We didn’t but still had a great time until the lack of hydration forced us elsewhere!
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The beach is about a mile long but most nude couples and families stay towards the northern end, away from the busier section near Gin Bar La Mer. It wasn’t immediately obvious to us that Alepu is a nude beach because everyone is so sparsely spread out along the beach. However upon seeing one people sans clothing we decided to go for it, weirdly enough everyone that came after we arrived also went nude. Maybe we’re trendsetters or it’s just more popular later in the afternoon here?! The ratio of males to females seemed about equal and it was mostly young families.
Locals mention that dolphins are frequent visitors to the beach in the summer months. Apparently in the morning is your best chance to spot them from the beach, when the ocean is calmer and less windy. We never saw dolphins when we visited but we did see lots of birds and dragonflies. Be careful to not damage the sand dunes as they are home to rare flora and fauna, some of which only exists on the Bulgarian coast. There are signs along the beach explaining the importance of the beach and pointing out what the endangered plants look like. Wild beaches like Alepu are becoming rarer and rarer, having one so close to a major city like Sozopol is a huge bonus. Most of the people on the beach were respectful and seemed to appreciate being surrounded by nature. There was no amplified music or games on the sand like you might expect elsewhere.
We could have easily spent a few days relaxing on Alepu Beach but it wasn’t to be. The wind kicked up the next day, making the beach an unpleasant windblown and sandy experience. Beware that the eastern exposure of the bay makes it heavily prone to strong ocean winds. The beach is not patrolled so you’re on your own if you get into trouble. The large rocks in the bay can also push up the swell and make the beach surf-able! Crazy!
Overall, Alepu Beach is a must visit in Sozopol and for a ‘wild beach’ it is incredibly easy to access. Just make sure you come prepared because there isn’t much here, but if you’re like us than that is part of the appeal. You’ll probably be the only tourist on the beach and surrounded by blissfully unaware Bulgarian families going about their regular weekend routine. The beach is long enough that you can almost be assured of finding the perfect spot to lay down a beach towel. Enjoy!
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Alepu Beach is best accessed by car or taxi. Driving south of Sozopol on the ocean road you will pass some large hotel complexes on the beach before the road runs between sand dunes and a swamp. This is where the beach begins and you'll see cars parked next to the sand dunes. The midway point is marked in some maps as Gio Plaj (parking lot).
Most people prefer the section of the beach that is protected from the road by sand dunes. This is where most of the cars will be parked. It's a more private and relaxing experience.. but hey, choose your own perfect spot on the beach!
If approaching from the south or the busier highway 99, turnoff at the exit that says Saint Thomas. Follow the road until it meets the ocean and you're headed in the right direction. You'll likely pass lots of RV campervans towards the southern end - it's free to camp here and can be quite popular in summer with locals.
You could walk to Alepu Beach from Sozopol but we wouldn't recommend it in the heat. The 8km walk would follow the ocean and take roughly 90 minutes, passing Sozopol's popular Harmanite nude beach.