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Flights to Sofia, Bulgaria

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.

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Boyana Church

While the exterior of the eleventh-century Boyana Church is not especially attractive, its interior hides a real treasure. Its walls are adorned by a wonderful medieval fresco dating from the second half of the thirteenth century, considered one of the best preserved examples of medieval art in eastern Europe.

National Theatre

Perhaps the most important symbol of Sofia after the cathedral is the Ivan Vazov National Theatre. Named after Bulgaria's greatest poet, novelist and playwright, it has an imposing façade in the German neoclassical style and is located in the centre of a beautiful green park.

Vitosha

A popular ski resort in winter, the Vitosha massif also encompasses the oldest nature park in the Balkans. With ten peaks above two thousand metres, this mountain of volcanic origin is also famous for the so-called stone rivers in its foothills and for the unique remnants of ancient glaciers.

St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This popular attraction in the centre of the city serves as Sofia's cathedral church and can hold up to 10,000 believers. Built in the neo-Byzantine style, it is one of the greatest architectural achievements in the Balkans. With its twelve bells, wonderful domes and an interior decorated with Brazilian onyx and Italian marble, it is well worth a visit.

Yellow trams

While it is genuinely easy to get around the centre of Sofia on foot, a ride on one of the city's yellow trams will whisk you straight back into the past. A ticket costs a little over half a euro and the broad paved streets look completely different when seen from the seat of a tram.

Rila Monastery

The most beautiful monastery in Bulgaria is a little over an hour's drive from the capital. This architectural masterpiece, a four-storey complex decorated with vibrant and vividly coloured frescoes, was built in the tenth century and later became a centre of the Bulgarian national awakening.