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Stunning Sofia holidays 2020
For a 2020 European holiday stacked with culture and quirky venues, Sofia has to be top of the list. A cosmopolitan sprawling city, the capital of Bulgaria is a playground for culture vultures and party animals alike. From the bass thumping night clubs to the artefact stacked museums, Sofia is alive with an eclectic blend of old and new. Away from the city, the picturesque landscape of the Vitosha Mountains provide an adventure playground for sport enthusiasts of all types and ages. Winter ski slopes see skiers whizzing across powder perfect snow, while the summer months turn the slopes into grassy terrain, perfect for hikers, bikers and casual explorers.
Water parks can be found in the nearby towns of Breznik and Pancharevo offering visitors the chance to see a different way of Bulgarian life away from the busy capital. With a superb choice of restaurants serving a wide range of international and local cuisines, along with top-notch metropolitan hotels, Sofia is a city to enjoy again and again.
Sofia at a glance
Top attractions to visit
See the striking St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Must-visit historical sites
This ancient city is home to sites such as St. George Rotunda, Boyana Church & Serdica Amphitheatre
Lush natural wonders
Vitosha Mountain is perfect for ski in winter & hiking any time of the year!
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Take a snap of the neo-byzantine Central Mineral Baths
Sample the local food
Try the local shopska salad, tarator (cold soup) & rich meaty stews
Try the local wine
Sample the local reds at dinner
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Things to do in Sofia
A Sofia holiday is much more than just a city break. With a wealth of adventure and discovery dotted around the city, you may need to come back to fit everything in. Whether you’re digging up treasures in Sofia’s archaeological or national history museums or bartering for bargains at the Bitaka Flea Market, you’ll uncover hidden gems everywhere in the capital. For budget-conscious travellers there’s a free tour of Sofia which runs twice a day. Starting out at the Palace of Justice on Vitosha Boulevard, it takes in all the top sights. This whistle stop tour allows you to see over 35 of Sofia’s main attractions all in one day, giving you the chance to create a shortlist to revisit at your leisure. If Sofia’s bustling streets leave you longing for some down time, head to Borislova Gradina Park. Designed by three different gardeners, each section offers charming places to relax and escape city life. To truly get back to nature, head out of the city to Vitosha Mountain. In the summer months the hillsides are lush, green landscapes full of wild flowers and surrounded by spectacular views. In winter you can practice your turns and stops on the snowy pistes.
Beach-lovers face a lengthy drive to access Bulgaria’s sandy shores. The east coast is around a 4-hour drive away, but rewards visitors with heavenly beaches. Sunny Beach on the Black Sea Coast is the country’s largest and most popular beach. True sun, sea and sand fans may want to include a mini-break to Sunny Beach during their Sofia holiday. For something a little closer to Sofia, head to Breznik. An hour’s drive west of the city, Breznik is home to Aqua Park Konza. Packed with sun loungers, umbrellas, pools, jacuzzi and plenty of slides, the water park is a fun day out in the sun. For a more laid-back poolside break, head south of Sofia to the Korali pool and spa complex. Sip exotic cocktails by the pool, take in the views of the nearby lake or book yourself into the spa for a relaxing treatment. What Sofia lacks in sandy beaches, it makes up for in spades with cultural, gastronomic and scenic escapes to keep even the most ardent beach fans happy on a city break.
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