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Holidays in Sofia

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Holidays in Sofia

Discover Sofia Breaks

The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia has blossomed in popularity since the country joined the European Union. A delightful mix of East and West, it is a change of scenery from the fast-paced scene of many European cities. Its rich and elaborate history of over 7000 years have left a tapestry of architecture, from the 4th century Church of St George to more recent impressive Opera and Ballet building. Amongst the cluster of buildings, immerse yourself into the culture of a city which may be old, but is certainly full of life.

Sightseeing in Sofia

Whatever your beliefs, the religious buildings in and around the city are well worth a visit, especially the beautiful Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church, as well as Boyana Church, a World Heritage site home to the country’s National Museum. If nature is more your thing, the city is full of greenery with plenty of parkland perfect for relaxing in the summer. Its largest park, Borisova Gradina, holds a stadium, pool, tennis courts and cycling tracks to while away an afternoon. Meanwhile, Sofia itself is situated at the foot of Mount Vitosha, a popular hiking spot for those wanting to soak up the countryside with a gentle walk or a more challenging trek. It also proves to be a popular skiing destination in the winter.  

To get a taste of life in Sofia, head to the central market where you can have fun bartering for a bargain, or take some time out at a traditional eatery. On an evening, the city offers theatre, dance and music at its various venues. Alternatively, a more recent wave of bars and clubs opened in the city offer a chance to let your hair down and party with the locals. The city offers something for all ages and tastes, meaning that anyone a holiday in Bulgaria will have a great choice of things to do.

easyJet holidays to Sofia

For such a laid-back city break, there is no need to spoil the mood with the hassle of searching for flights. easyJet holidays make sure that you can save money with low fares whenever you choose to travel, as well as helping you find the perfect hotel to suit your needs and budget. So you can make the most of a holiday to Sofia by booking with a brand that you can rely on, easyJet holidays.    

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Hotels in Sofia

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£ 254.22

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Sofia | Sofia area | Bulgaria

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£ 276.80

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Sofia | Sofia area | Bulgaria

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£ 224.01

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£ 272.34

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£ 246.19

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Things to Do in Sofia

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is one of the most intriguing European capitals to visit. Buttressed by the Balkan Mountains to the north and Mount Vitosha to the south, it holds many cultural gems for the visitor, as well as being an ideal base from which to visit a mountain spa, cycle and hike in summer, or even ski in winter! Read on for easyJet holidays guide to where to go and what to see.

Things to do in Sofia

The city is an eclectic mix of architecture: echoes of the ‘People’s Republic of Bulgaria’ still reverberate in the neo-classical Stalinist architecture, which gives a fascinating insight for Western Europeans of the era of Soviet dominance. However, there are also many beautiful 19th Century Viennese and Russian houses and, along Moscovska Street, visitors can relax in the Art Deco cafés.  

  • Why not follow the ‘yellow brick road’, the famous yellow coloured pavement running through Sofia, in order to take in the sights? Or gain a feel for the history of the Bulgarian people with a visit to the ‘Alley of the Greats’ in the Borisova Gradina, Sofia’s lovely public gardens.  
  • Be awed by the beautiful St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its golden dome, but ensure you also visit the tiny medieval Boyana Church and its exquisite 13th Century frescoes. The Banya Bashi Mosque is also a prominent attraction as it was designed by the celebrated Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan in 1576.  

Shops and Markets

  • To feel the buzz of the city today, venture to the Women’s Market, (named because originally all stallholders were women). Here you can absorb the tastes and smells of Sofia with its Greek, Turkish and Bulgarian influences; sampling the homemade Halva is highly recommended. For serious shopping and top designers, visit the thoroughly modern ‘Mall of Sofia.’ Shopaholics will be thrilled to know that ‘outlet shopping,’ selling designer goods at bargain prices, has recently become a major phenomenon!    

Out and about  

  • Do not neglect to take advantage of the wonderful location of Sofia during your stay. It is easy to reach Mount Vitosha to see the Moreni (stone rivers) and take in the scenery by foot or bike. For those who wish to enjoy a little pampering, take a trip to the Lyulin Mountain Spas or wander the Kopren Eco Trail. It is also really worthwhile making a couple of cultural excursions beyond the city. Number one should be the Rila Monastery in the Alpine forests 75 miles south of Sofia, where you could even spend the night in a monk’s cell! Nearer to the city is the route known as ‘The Little Jerusalem,’ which takes in 14 Orthodox monasteries, located in the environs of the Iskar River.    

Nightlife  

Sofia and its inhabitants know how to party.  

  • The most important areas for a good night out are Vitosha Boulevard and the ultra trendy Ulitsa Rakovski. Start the night in one of Bulgaria’s popular lounge bars before moving onto a club; the award winning Chervilo is recommended.  
  • Music for aficionados of all types is on offer: for those who know their dance tunes, head over to Yablaski House, a neo-baroque palazzo, featuring world class DJs on the decks. For something more traditionally Bulgarian, find a venue playing Chalga –an interesting fusion of Turkish pop and gypsy dance music!

Food and Drink  

  • Dining out in Bulgaria is an important part of experiencing the city. Breakfast on freshly baked Banitsa, a type of cheese pastry. Later in the day, traditional meals include Kebapcheta (mince meat rolls) and Kyufleta (meat balls). 
  • Bulgaria is also renowned for some very good red wines, notably the Melnik, and for a fruit brandy called Rakiya, whilst a traditional party drink is Mastika, (though be warned this is rather like Ouzo!) For a truly authentic experience, why not dine out at Vodenitzata, a restaurant famed for its live Bulgarian folk music?  

Top value for a top-billing destination with easyJet holidays. Book with easyJet holidays to experience the magic of Sofia, a city of diversions as eclectic as its architecture. For top savings, book a flight and hotel together with easyJet holidays. Search the easyJet holidays website now to see the excellent range and flexibility of flights and hotels on offer!