Old but also contemporary, historically interesting, cool, tourist & budget-friendly, Sofia is undoubtedly one of Europe’s hidden gems and is waiting for you to explore it. I spent 3 days there and I can tell you with certainty that it is enough to experience the real Sofia.

For me, the beauty of this city lies on its coziness, with every important sight & the majority of bars and restaurants being within a walking distance. I mean, there is a metro but you probably won’t need to use it at all. Just make sure you book a room right at the city centre and you’ll have everything at your feet.

In general, Sofia is similar to other major European cities if you keep in mind that it is still trying to heal its wounds from its communist past. This past is still evident through its architecture especially when it comes to a series of typical blocks and monuments. It’s the same characteristic that actually makes it special, that combination between the old & new. As far as the nightlife is concerned, Sofia has actually taken many steps ahead, introducing a variety of American-style restaurants, bars and clubs proving that it has no reason to be jealous of other European cities. However, I suggest you also try the local cuisine just to form an opinion. Either way, you’ll just have to visit Vitosha Boulevard, Sofia’s most commercial street where the majority of stores and eating establishments are gathered.

If you asked me about sights, I would definitely recommend a visit to Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is one of the most impressive orthodox churches I’ve ever seen. You don’t wanna miss Saint Sofia too, because it’s a 4th-6th century minimal church, solely decorated with brick which makes it unique. Plus, it is located above an interesting underground museum representing the city’s ancient Necropolis with some impressive displays. If you generally admire church architecture, there are two more churches you might want to visit, Saint Nedelya orthodox church and Saint Nicholas church which is known as the Russian church. If you’re into a romantic mood, take a stroll at Borisova Gradina, Sofia’s grand park. And if you have the time and energy, visit Mount Vitosha, situated in the city’s suburbs. Except for the natural scenery, you will have the chance to see the medieval church Boyana, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

So here are a bunch of good reasons why you should visit Sofia. Before you go ahead and book your tickets just take a look at my photos and get some inspiration. 

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