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Sofia Attractions

Nestled at the base of the snow-capped Vitosha Mountain the Bulgarian capital has a delightfully relaxed atmosphere with a flourishing cafe culture an easily walkable downtown

and a concentration of some of Bulgaria’s best museums and art galleries. Sofia balances its ancient and modern history with seeming ease office blocks and busy shopping centres blend in unobtrusively amongst robust Soviet buildings orthodox churches Roman ruins and the golden domes of the Alexander Nevski cathedral.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Sofia

City Centre - This is where most restaurants bars and shops are located as well as many of the cultural attractions.

Oborishte - Sofia’s foodie district is a swinging locale scattered with dozens of excellent restaurants and bars. It’s close enough to the principal sights such as the cathedral to make it an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.

Studentski Grad - Several miles out of the city centre there is a hectic nightlife scene thanks to the nearby university. With countless bars clubs and fast food joints if you’re here to party this is the heart of the action.

Vitosha - Fancy getting out of town for a while but don’t have a great deal of time? The mountain on the outskirts is easily reached making it ideal for a day trip. Ski in the winter hike in the summer but enjoy the stunning views of the city all year-round.

Things to See in Sofia

The Museum of Sofia is a beautifully-rendered building - ormerly the city’s main mineral baths - that displays a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to city history and culture. The Alexander Nevsky cathedral dedicated to the saint and military hero considered one of the great heroes of Russian history is a prestigious Sofia landmark with a golden dome that flashes in the sunlight and interiors trimmed with Italian marble and oryx.

Things to Do in Sofia

If you’re unfamiliar with the city and its environs then without question the best way to get around is with a guided small group tour of Sofia. Walk local neighbourhoods to sample some rather delicious traditional foodstuffs while at the same time visiting the principal cultural attractions. Out of town you can explore the ancient Rila monastery and sand pyramids of Melnik. There’s also the option of heading east to Plovdiv where you’ll see a Roman theatre dating back to the 2nd century among a number of other notable archaeological sites.

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The Best Things to Do in Sofia, Bulgaria

The best things to do on your holiday to Sofia, Bulgaria, including markets, museums, and more.

Natalie Kennedy
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