Sofia

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Sofia

Bulgaria’s capital offers thousands of years of history and culture, beautiful architecture, exciting nightlife, modern malls and mountain pursuits.

Since the end of Communist rule in Bulgaria, Sofia has reinvented itself as a lively, cosmopolitan city. Stroll in the shadows of Byzantine buildings, gold-domed churches and Communist-era monuments to find modern shopping malls, acres of parkland, elegant boulevards and a lively café culture. With some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture and ski slopes on its doorstep, Sofia has plenty to show its visitors.

Marvel at the beauty of the multi-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Look inside at its Byzantine-style murals. Next to the cathedral, find the sixth-century Church of St. Sofia, which gave the city its name. See the Rotunda of St. George, thought to be the city’s oldest church. The redbrick structure was built by the Romans in the fourth century. Visit the 16th-century Banya Bashi Mosque.

Investigate some of the 650,000 artifacts inside the National Museum of History. Learn about Bulgarian art from the 19th and 20th centuries at the National Art Gallery.

Go on a shopping spree to the city malls. These include the Bulgaria Mall and The Mall, one of the largest malls in Sofia. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at the market on Graf Ignatiev. Take a break from shopping and sightseeing for a drink at a pavement café or picnic at Borisova Gradina Park.

Sofia sits at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, a 7,513-foot-tall (2,290-meter) peak. Trek along its numerous marked paths in the spring and summer or go skiing in the winter.

To experience Sofia’s nightlife, visit Vitosha Boulevard, Sofia’s main shopping street. Choose from a large concentration of trendy bars and cafés. For music and dance, visit Sofia Opera and Ballet.

Sofia is a compact city. Many sights are within easy walking distance of each other. Alternatively, get around by public transportation or rental car. With thousands of years of history, rich cultural pursuits and a lively social scene, Sofia is a fascinating and increasingly popular vacation destination.

Where to stay in Sofia

Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
11 Briuksel Boulevard, Sofia
The price is Rs4,949 per night from 19 Nov to 19 Nov
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of European Trade Centre, Arena Armeec and Megapark. Borisova Gradina Park and Inter Expo ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (620 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Good location close to the airport"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Central Hotel Sofia
Central Hotel Sofia
4 out of 5
52, Hristo Botev Blvd., Sofia
The price is Rs5,372 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Nedelya Church, Saint Sofia Monument and Sofia Court House. Central Sofia Market ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (953 reviews)
"This hotel is in an excellent location in the center of Sofia ! The hotel is clean and the rooms are beautiful and very comfortable ! Excellent excellent condition ! I enjoy my stay here when i am in Sofia i will love to stay here again just a great experience !"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Central Hotel Sofia
Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
5 out of 5
89B, Vitosha Blvd., Sofia, Sofia
The price is Rs8,570 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Vitoshka Boulevard and Vitosha Blvd. National Palace of Culture and City Hospital "Aleksandrovska" ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"The Milennium will forever be my go-to place in Sofia. The food, from the breakfast buffet to room service to the restaurants, was excellent. All of the staff was exceedingly kind to me. The real standouts were Savva at reception, Lacherko the bell hop, Gabrielle the concierge, and Alexandria from ..."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
CityResidence Aparthotel
CityResidence Aparthotel
3.5 out of 5
Dunav street 38, Sofia, Sofia City Province
The price is Rs2,640 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Sofia City Center, this aparthotel is steps away from Yellow Pavement, Saint Sofia Monument and Council of Ministers Sofia. Saint Nedelya Church and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"The WiFi didn’t work, which was extremely disappointing as my boyfriend missed an online test because of it"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

CityResidence Aparthotel
Bright 1bdr Apartment Near Center - Free Parking
Bright 1bdr Apartment Near Center - Free Parking
3.5 out of 5
The price is Rs3,533 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Located in Sofia City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saint Sofia Monument, Vitoshka Boulevard and Saint Nedelya Church. Central Sofia ...
Bright 1bdr Apartment Near Center - Free Parking
Sofia Life Apartments
Sofia Life Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Tzar Simeon 57, Sofia, Sofia
The price is Rs2,873 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Located in Sofia City Center, this apartment building is steps away from Sofia Central Mineral Baths, Banya Basha Mosque and Central Sofia Market Hall. Yellow ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
"After got a confirmation and almost arrived to the place, I got a message from the place that they don't have an available rooms."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Sofia Life Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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