Sofia - a forgotten gem.
Sofia – the exciting capital of Bulgaria
Sofia is one of the oldest capitals in Europe. Here you will find modern shopping centers, fine parks, elegant boulevards, Byzantine churches and monuments from the communist era. Located at the foot of the Vitosha mountain massif
Bulgaria's beautiful capital, Sofia, is located at the foot of the Vitosha mountain range. The mountain has also given its name to the main street with rows of stylish shops and a leafy park at one end. In Vitosja you go skiing in the winter and walk in the forest in the summer. You can go up by funicular or chair lift.
The city is distinguished by its architectural mix of modern and historic buildings. Older landmarks are Bojana Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the early Byzantine St. Sophia Church. More modern architecture can be seen at the Bulgarian National Opera, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the Rakovski Street Theater District, and the Natsionalen dvorets na kulturata (NDK), Southeast Europe's largest cultural convention center.
The city is small, in the center stands the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its large domes. In the crypt there is a large collection of icons spanning over a thousand years. Next to the cathedral is the church of Santa Sofia, which gave the city its name. Also, don't miss the Banya Bashi Mosque from 1576. The National Museum of History has over 650,000 objects and the National Art Gallery has art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Shopping can be done in Bulgaria Mall, The Mall, Mall of Sofia, the other department stores or at the so-called Women's Market, Zhenski Pazar, a bustling bazaar that stretches over several blocks where clothes, food, carpets, shawls and much more are sold .There are many other small markets in the suburbs as well.
Vodenitzata cooks good Bulgarian food and the staff serve in national costume. There are also vegetarian options, not always a matter of course in Bulgaria. Still, they have the best vegetables in Europe. Don't forget to try the good Bulgarian wine!
The best time to go here is during the summer months, but there are fewer tourists in spring and autumn if you prefer. Or - if you want to go skiing, winter is of course the best.
You can stay well at affordable prices. In addition, the travel agency often has agreements with most hotels, so you get away even cheaper.
You can easily travel with local transport, which has a good network of subways, trams, cable buses and regular buses. If you choose to take a taxi, it is also incredibly cheap.
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