Sofia is a modern and busy capital with many theatres, concert halls, opera house, museums and galleries, modern boulevards, cozy cafes and restaurants, picturesque markets, numerous parks and gardens. Today the city continues to develop as the country’s cultural and economic center. At present, the city has a population of 1,250,000.
The capital of Bulgaria – Sofia is one of Europe’s most ancients cities with history, dating back to over 7000 years.
Major landmarks in Sofia include the Alexandar Nevski Cathedral with it’s world famous icons and frescoes, The Rotunda of St George – part of a large archeological Roman complex, the Sveta Sofia Basilica, which inspired the city’s coat of arms, as well, as the Boyana Church – a listed UNESCO building with unique Medieval wall paintings.
Other tourist attractions are the Church of Sveta Nedelya, the Banya Bashi Mosque, the Hall covered market and clock tower Synagogue, the National History Museum, the Sveta Petka Samardzhiiska Church, the Russian Church, the Alexandar Battenberg Square, the flea market.
These are just a number of many sights worth to see in Sofia, that make the visitors’ stay unforgettable.
Shopping is a pleasure in Sofia – from luxury shops offering designer clothes to small antique shops and private art galleries, as well, as numerous music and book shops.
The surrounding area of Sofia is rich in natural beauty. Vitosha mountain, one of the symbols of Sofia, just a short drive or lift trip away, open year round. Ski and snowboard are popular in the winter, and hiking in the summer.
Since ancient times the city was famous for the abundance of cold and thermal mineral water springs in and around it. The water is still available today and is praised for its numerous qualities. Springs may be found in the city center, as well as in the neighbourhoods: Knyazhevo, Gorna Banya, Bankya, Ovcha Kupel, Ivanyane.