Stay in Sofia near Mount Vitosha
Visible from almost anywhere in the city, scenic Mount Vitosha is as much a symbol of Sofia as the golden-domed Alexander Nevski Cathedral or the ancient Church of St. George. Stay in a hotel or guesthouse near Mount Vitosha to enjoy the outdoors on your trip to Sofia.
The mountain terrain encompasses stony rivers, sub-alpine grasslands, high-altitude peat areas and natural forests of spruce and fir. Vitosha is also home to an extensive network of caves, and it is one of the last remaining brown bear habitats in southern Europe. Much of the mountain massif was protected as Vitosha Nature Park in October 1934, making it the oldest national park in the entire Balkan peninsula.
Things to Do at Mount Vitosha
The winter months draw thousands of skiers and snowboarders to the mountain’s two ski centres, while in the summer the most popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and paragliding. Public buses run from central Sofia to Mount Vitosha all year round.
Hotels near Mount Vitosha
To be close to the mountain stay near the village of Boyana, home of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Boyana Church with its medieval frescoes. Options include upmarket spa hotels with cosy rooms and plenty of leisure facilities, as well as contemporary accommodation with multiple dining, drinking and entertainment venues.
For apartment hotels, try the neighbourhood of Borovo halfway between central Sofia and Mount Vitosha, or opt to stay in the city centre for a wider range of places to stay. Downtown Sofia is home to lodging of all types, from budget bed-and-breakfasts and backpacker hostels to mid-range business properties and luxury five-star hotels.
What Are Some Other Outdoor Activities in Sofia?
Sofia is known for its numerous parks and gardens, some of which have jogging trails, boating lakes or cycle paths. You can also rent bikes from various spots in the city, and either join a guided tour or explore on your own.
If you’re looking for a day trip then options include the Rila Monastery Nature Park in the Rila Mountains or an excursion to Plovdiv, the second largest and one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria.