10 Reasons to Visit Sofia ASAP

Sofia is a fast-growing, multi-cultural, and modern city. It has a rich history, amazing food scene, friendly locals, and on top of that is a very budget-friendly destination. The Bulgaria capital is a wonderful travel destination not to be missed.

To prove to you that here are 10 reasons to visit Sofia on your next trip.

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It’s easy accessible

Flights from most European capitals are available. Low-cost airline companies that offer flights to Sofia are Ryanair, EasyJet, and WizzAir. You can find awesome deals between Sofia and Milan for 5 euros or between Sofia and Berlin for as little as 7 euros for one way ticket.

Sofia Central Bus Station is in the north part of the city center and within a walking distance to the central attractions. Buses operate from/to many other European cities such as Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Berlin, and Vienna.

Right next to the Central Bus Station is the Central Railway Station. International trains arrive in Sofia from Vienna, Belgrade, Bucharest, Kyiv, and Moscow to name a few. 

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Extremely affordable

Accommodation – cheap, transportation – cheap, food – cheap. Sofia is one of the cheapest destinations to visit in Europe. The local currency is lev (BGN). 1 euro is equal to 2 leva.

The prices for accommodation starts from 8 euros at shared rooms in hostels. The buses and subway tickets cost 1.60 leva (0.80 euro) for a single ride. Moreover, there are plenty of free things to do in Sofia – hiking being one of the best among them. 

Green areas

Sofia has lots of parks, which are a favorite place for the locals to gather. They are the favorite place for both young and old people for walks, sports activities, beer (or why not wine) meetings, and everything in between.

The biggest park in Sofia is the Borisova garden which is in the center of the city. Other big and popular parks are South Park, Park Crystal, the park in front of the National Theatre. 

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The people

Ask anyone who’s been to Sofia or Bulgaria in general. I think everyone would agree that Bulgarians are extremely friendly people. Especially the people of Sofia are very open-minded. Bulgarians are wonderful hosts so they will do their best to give you an awesome experience.

Ohh, and Bulgarian women are more than once ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world. (just saying)

Rich history 

Did you know that Bulgaria is one of the oldest countries in Europe? That’s right, the Bulgarian history dates back to the 7th century. To get to know more about the great history of Bulgaria find a local guide/friend to tell you about it or visit The National Museum of History. Is one of the largest museums in the Balkans and contains more than 650, 000 exhibits. The museum aims to provide a comprehensive view of Bulgarian history from prehistory to the present.

Street art

The street art in Sofia is awesome. Electricity boxes all over the city are covered in beautiful, interesting, and sometimes funny paintings. You can also see nice quotes along with random scribbles.

Often people use art to attract attention in protest.

Also, there is an awesome FREE Graffiti tour in Sofia. (check all of the free tours in Sofia)

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Delicious food 

The Bulgarian cuisine is mouth-watering. Restaurants and snack bars are all over Sofia. In the bakeries, you can find traditional Bulgarian food such as banitsa and other pastries. There are  lots of restaurants in the city offering traditional meals, but I will tell you a secret one. I recently discovered this place. The place is called Do-Re-Mi.  It’s located at Neofit Rilski str. 73 Next to Halbite (another restaurant). If you want to enjoy traditional and insanely delicious Bulgarian food then this is the right place to go to.

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Vitosha Mountain

Sofia is the European capital which is most close to a mountain. Vitosha is situated only 30min away from the city center. It’s the perfect getaway from the noisy town. You can climb to Vitosha highest peak – Cherni vrah or enjoy other of the many trails available around the mountain. 

Vitosha is one of the local’s favorite places where to spend their free time. 

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Nightlife

Sofia has a wild nightlife. In Sofia, you can party until the morning and there are varieties of bars and clubs to choose from. There are places for every music taste from house clubs, rock bars, piano bars, jazz clubs, and hip-hop clubs.

Typical for the country are chalgoteka and ”horoteka”. Chalgoteka is a club where the music is typical for the region and very common, but not on everyone’s taste. ”Horoteka” is a restaurant with live music, where you can watch and learn traditional Bulgarian folk dances.

Wine and Rakia are the most popular alcoholic beverages in the country, but in bars and clubs, people mostly drink beer and whiskey, oh yeah, tequila and shots, too. Some nice bars and clubs include Switch, Swing, Roderick, Terminal1, and Hambara.

The vibe

As a fast-growing, multi-cultural, and modern city, Sofia has a vibrant life. Walking around the city one can hear many different languages. The streets, restaurants, bars, and cafes are crowded with people, in good weather, the parks are crowded as well. Bulgarians love going out for fun.

In a conclusion, I would say that Sofia and Bulgaria, in general, must be on your travel list. And if you ask me when is the right time to visit Sofia I would say ASAP.

Thanks for reading, 

Bilyana

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