Sofia

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Sofia

Roman ruins, neo-Byzantine churches, sprawling parks and a vibrant cafe culture make Sofia one of the most interesting cities in Europe for a holiday – and one of the most affordable.

Located in the west of Bulgaria, Sofia is yet to attain the same status as some of its European neighbours. Yet this dynamic Slavic city is home to remarkable monuments, cathedrals and museums, it has a national park with skiing and hiking on its doorstep, and boasts some of the most affordable accommodation in the Balkans.

Sofia’s compact city centre is a good place to start. Begin at the dazzling golden-domed Alexander Nevski Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world. This cross-domed basilica can hold 10,000 people, and is richly decorated with Venetian mosaics and gleaming Carrara marble. Other religious structures worth visiting include the landmark St Nedelya Church and the Roman 4th-century Church of St George – a redbrick rotunda considered the oldest building in Sofia.

Enjoy a stroll along Vitosha Boulevard, the city’s main commercial thoroughfare. This pedestrianised street is home to designer boutiques and local chains, along with plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Or browse the colourful flowers and food stalls at the Central Sofia Market Hall, whose three storeys house more than 170 stalls and traders.

Sofia is home to dozens of galleries and performance venues. For a taste of the city’s arts and cultural scene, visit the National Gallery for Foreign Art or the National Art Gallery, or take in a performance at the National Opera and Ballet. See Soviet-era artefacts and sculptures at the Museum of Socialist Art, where portraits of Karl Marx hang alongside paintings depicting communist themes.

At Sofia’s southern limit is the national park of Mount Vitosha – a popular excursion any time of year. Hiking, biking, rock-climbing and paragliding are popular summertime activities, while in the winter months you can easily arrange a skiing or snowboarding daytrip from the city.

Sofia combines a long and varied cultural history with modern infrastructure and access to fantastic outdoor activities. With a great range of basic to upscale hotels at affordable prices you’ll find accommodation to suit your break and budget.

Where to stay in Sofia

Central Hotel Sofia
Central Hotel Sofia
4 out of 5
52, Hristo Botev Blvd., Sofia
The price is £53 per night from 8 Nov to 8 Nov
Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Nedelya Church, Saint Sofia Monument and Sofia Court House. Central Sofia Market ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"This hotel is in an excellent location in the center of Sofia ! The hotel is clean and the rooms are beautiful and very comfortable ! Excellent excellent condition ! I enjoy my stay here when i am in Sofia i will love to stay here again just a great experience !"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Central Hotel Sofia
Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
5 out of 5
89B, Vitosha Blvd., Sofia, Sofia
The price is £85 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Vitoshka Boulevard and Vitosha Blvd. National Palace of Culture and City Hospital "Aleksandrovska" ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"The Milennium will forever be my go-to place in Sofia. The food, from the breakfast buffet to room service to the restaurants, was excellent. All of the staff was exceedingly kind to me. The real standouts were Savva at reception, Lacherko the bell hop, Gabrielle the concierge, and Alexandria from ..."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
11 Briuksel Boulevard, Sofia
The price is £54 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of European Trade Centre, Arena Armeec and Megapark. Borisova Gradina Park and Inter Expo ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (619 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Good location close to the airport"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
CityResidence Aparthotel
CityResidence Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Dunav street 38, Sofia, Sofia City Province
The price is £28 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Sofia City Center, this aparthotel is steps away from Yellow Pavement, Saint Sofia Monument and Council of Ministers Sofia. Saint Nedelya Church and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"The WiFi didn’t work, which was extremely disappointing as my boyfriend missed an online test because of it"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

CityResidence Aparthotel
Bright 1bdr Apartment Near Center - Free Parking
Bright 1bdr Apartment Near Center - Free Parking
3.5 out of 5
The price is £38 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Located in Sofia City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saint Sofia Monument, Vitoshka Boulevard and Saint Nedelya Church. Central Sofia ...
Bright 1bdr Apartment Near Center - Free Parking
Sofia Life Apartments
Sofia Life Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Tzar Simeon 57, Sofia, Sofia
The price is £30 per night from 13 Nov to 13 Nov
Located in Sofia City Center, this apartment building is steps away from Sofia Central Mineral Baths, Banya Basha Mosque and Central Sofia Market Hall. Yellow ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
"After got a confirmation and almost arrived to the place, I got a message from the place that they don't have an available rooms."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Sofia Life Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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