Sofia

Travel Guide
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.

Central Hotel Sofia
Central Hotel Sofia
4 out of 5
52, Hristo Botev Blvd., Sofia
The price is €39 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
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! (973 reviews)
"Central location, walking distance from most point of interests. Friendly staff,spacious room"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2021

Central Hotel Sofia
Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
5 out of 5
89B, Vitosha Blvd., Sofia, Sofia
The price is €102 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Vitoshka Boulevard and 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from National Palace of Culture. Vitosha Blvd ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"Nice Room with a beautiful view from the room, good breakfast"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2021

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
11 Briuksel Boulevard, Sofia
The price is €65 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
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! (683 reviews)
"Close to the airport, convinient shuttle, clean and nice suite, excellent breakfast, helpful staff."

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
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 €35 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Located in Sofia City Center, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Yellow Pavement and 1 mi (1.6 km) from National Palace of Culture. Saint Sofia Monument ...
4/5 Very Good! (12 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
Aparthouse Borovo
Aparthouse Borovo
3 out of 5
Str. Nevestina Skala 16, Sofia
The price is €54 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Situated in the shopping district, this aparthotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Vitosha Blvd and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from National Palace of Culture. Vitoshka Boulevard ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Wonderful stay, thank you.
"Nice hotel with very friendly staff. Apartments are large, clean and pretty well equipped. Location is ok, with the center about 12 minutes away, by taxi, wich we paid about 3.5 euro for. Bulgaria Mall and metro stop only 5 minutes away by feet. Numerous grocery stores and restaurants in the area ..."

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2021

Aparthouse Borovo
Apartments Carrera
Apartments Carrera
3.5 out of 5
4 Golo Bardo Str Lozenets Quarter, Sofia
The price is €69 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
Located in Lozenets, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace of Culture, Vasil Levski Stadium and Ivan Vazov National Theatre. National Archaeological ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
"The is NOT a 4-Star property. This is not even a 1-star property. Old, "Communist Style" building in a very narrow, ugly street in a bad part of town. Old, tiny, creepy elevator. No Air-conditioning, so that the summer heat demands that you open windows onto narrow, nasty, noisy alley with dumpsters. ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2018

Apartments Carrera
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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