Sofia, the dynamic capital of Bulgaria, stands as a harmonious blend of millennia-old history and contemporary urban vibes, nestled at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. Read more

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As one of Europe's oldest cities, Sofia showcases a rich tapestry of ancient ruins, ornate churches, Ottoman-era mosques, and Soviet monuments. Its streets are a timeline, where traces of Thracian, Roman, Ottoman, and Bulgarian civilizations merge seamlessly. From its bustling boulevards adorned with cafés and boutiques to its tranquil parks, Sofia offers a diverse experience for every traveler. Rich in thermal springs, the city's mineral baths have drawn visitors for centuries. Beyond its historical treasures, Sofia's vibrant cultural scene, burgeoning food and drink industry, and friendly locals make it an increasingly popular European destination.
Sofia is a gem waiting to be discovered, where every corner echoes tales from its rich past while celebrating the present's energy and optimism.

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What to do in Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

An iconic symbol of Sofia, this grand Orthodox cathedral, with its gold-domed roof and intricate frescoes, is a must-visit.

Saint George Rotunda

Dating back to the 4th century, this red brick building is Sofia's oldest preserved structure, showcasing remarkable medieval frescoes inside.

Boyana Church

A UNESCO World Heritage site located on the outskirts of Sofia, renowned for its medieval frescoes that depict biblical scenes.

National Archaeological Museum

Housed in a former Ottoman mosque, it showcases Bulgaria's rich archaeological heritage from prehistoric times through to the medieval period.

Vitosha Boulevard

Sofia's main shopping street, bustling with cafés, restaurants, and shops, and offering a lively atmosphere both day and night.

Sofia History Museum

Located in the magnificent former Turkish Mineral Baths, this museum details the city's history from ancient times to today.

Banya Bashi Mosque

A testament to the city's Ottoman past, this 16th-century mosque stands near the ancient Serdica ruins.

National Palace of Culture (NDK)

An architectural product of the Communist era, this multi-functional complex hosts numerous events, from concerts to exhibitions.

Vitosha Mountain

Just outside the city, this mountain is perfect for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, offering panoramic views of Sofia.

Sofia Synagogue

The third-largest synagogue in Europe, showcasing Moorish Revival architecture and rich interior decorations.

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