Thousands of years of history
The history of Sofia stretches several thousand years into the past. In this time the city has been not only the centre of trade and industry in the region, but also the cultural and economic centre of the whole of the Balkans. Crafts and trade flourished in the city between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries and it gained a reputation as a city of goldsmiths. Today this city in western Bulgaria, just south of the Balkan Mountains, is full of imposing monuments and some of the most notable architectural achievements in the Balkans. It is also one of the most affordable urban tourism destinations in Europe.
Bulgaria is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although its capital, Sofia, with its almost a million and a half inhabitants, is not a city with which one falls in love at first sight, it is more than capable of winning over those visitors seeking a genuine local experience. In this city of tradition and contrasts, you will be charmed not only by the jewels of thousands of years of history but also by the positive atmosphere, the friendly people and their tranquil lifestyle.