Sofia is the biggest city in Bulgaria and center of everything. Its city where government have their base and is also cultural educational and trade center. One of the biggest University in Eastern Europe is based in Sofia. As a person who is based in Macedonia i been visiting Sofia many times.This is my view how to get , what to see and where to eat and go out in Bulgarian capital.
How to get to Sofia
If you are already in the Balkan area you can get a bus or train to Sofia. From Macedonia there is a buses from various cities daily . Cost of one ticket is 20 euro a way. From other Balkan cities you can catch a train as well. Cost of the ticket depend from which cities you catch a ride. FlixBus is also operating from some Europeans cities to Sofia.
Sofia airport have 2 Terminals , Terminal 1 is for low budget flights mainly RyanAir and WizzAir . Its a smaller than the 2 Terminal and usually is not open from 10 pm till 3 am. From 2nd Terminal most of the connection goes. Its well equip and work all night long . Getting to the airport is with bus or metro. Central bus and train station is connect with Sofia Airport.
When you travel with a car from Macedonia you enter on Kriva Palanka entrance and drive down the south to the Sofia. Every time when we coming to the city we stop at the entrance of the city where geo termal water is located and many people stop to feel up some mineral water .
Things to Do in Sofia
Sofia as a biggest city in Bulgaria offer lot of things to do. From shopping in modern malls to very diverse night life and cool places to eat. As a person that love electronic music i know that many top djs where coming to Sofia. Clubs like Yalta and Sugar. Places that host even some of the holiwood stars like Bedroom Premium Club and Onyx were usual places for those who love to party all night long.
For those who love history and churches there is the biggest orthodox church Alexander Nevsky cathedral .It’s not only one of the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals, it’s a giant war memorial: St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built in the early twentieth century, is dedicated to the 200,000 soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). It has become a symbol of Sofia, its gold dome a 45 meter high beacon shining across the city’s skyline. Have a nosey at the Italian marble, Brazilian onyx and gold religious inscriptions adorning the walls of the church’s interior. In fact, the cathedral is a showcase of fine craftsmanship from across Europe – the lights were made in Munich, the gates in Vienna and the mosaics were shipped in from Venice. If you’ve got enough puff then try climbing the 53 meter bell tower.
Also there is many museums around the center that a free to enter and you can see part of the Bulgarian history and of course from the modern time. Also in center of Sofia you can see one of the most beautiful buildings Ivan Vazov national theater.
As a legacy from the Otoman times Sofia have a central bath maybe one of the biggest in the area. Place to be if you want to have a relaxing stay in Sofia
If you’re looking for a cheap place to get some snow this winter then consider Sofia. South of the city you’ll find Vitosha Mountain, a national park and terrific snow resort. Know any budding Jean-Claude Killys? Vitosha’s six pistes are suitable for all ability levels and the ski school has over 40 instructors who speak a range of international languages. The highest point, known as Black Peak, is 2290m above sea level. Top tip: save money by staying in the city rather than in a mountainside resort. Sofia is just 10km away and a gondola gives direct access from Simeonovo suburb – the ride offers stunning views over the city. But Vitosha is also a great spot for summer trekking.
How to get to Vitosha Mountain from Sofia: Catch the metro from Serdnika to Sofia Business Park. From here, catch a cab to the lower station of the cable car going up Vitosha. Once you arrive at this station on the cable car, you can choose from the routes across the mountain.
Accommodation in Sofia
In Sofia as a university city you can find lot of youth or backpacking hostels where you can stay for 5-8 euros a bed. Private rooms goes from 18-30 euros in budget accommodation . Plenty of options in private houses on airbnb. Sofia as a one of the centers in the area offer lot of major hotel chains like Marriot , Hilton, Kempinsky and others.