Sofia, the capital and biggest city of Bulgaria boasts a range of eclectic architecture that has been sculpted by Thracian, Roman, Ottoman and Russian influences. With many beautiful churches, monuments and museums, and Bulgaria’s best known ski resorts within a few hours reach, Sofia has plenty to offer. Fly from December 2017!
For those who want to hit the Bulgarian slopes Sofia is a great starting point, head to Mount Vitosha, the closest ski resort to the city which offers great views of Sofia as well. For those looking to venture a little further to the larger ski resorts, Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo are all within a three hour commute from the airport. If you are interested in the après ski experience then head to Bansko, the resort has hundreds of bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants to unwind in after a day on the slopes.
Not just a place to start a skiing holiday, Sofia is an exciting destination in itself. Be sure to visit the gold domed Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria. This impressive cathedral occupies an area of 3,170 square metres, can hold 10,000 people inside and is decorated with Venetian mosaics and marble. Head along to Vitosha Boulevard, home to designer boutiques and an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants and bars. If you are keen to sample some Bulgarian cuisine, then visit the Central Sofia Market Hall with more than 170 food and flower stalls.
For those looking to learn more about Sofia, the city is home to a number of great museums and art galleries. The National Archaeological Museum is worth a visit, inside the city’s largest and oldest former Ottoman Empire mosque. This museum is home to displays of Thracian, Roman and medieval artefacts.