Sofia Bulgaria Travel Guide A Vagabond Life
Sofia Bulgaia Travel Guide
Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital is a lively bustling city with great restaurants, lively bars, grand buildings, excellent museums and galleries and even its own Roman ruins.
The many parks are a delightful place to spend a few hours in the summer and in the winter the ski slopes of Mt Vitosha are not far away.
Sofia is a great city to spend time in while exploring Bulgaria.
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Travel Tips Sofia Bulgaria
Sofia has an excellent public transport system with buses, trolley-cars, trams, and a subway which operates from 5AM Until Midnight.
You can buy single ticket or a ticket card which is good for 10 trips. You will need to stamp the ticket at the yellow machines when getting on the bus, trams or trollye-car.
Tickets for trams can be bought at kiosks that are near the tram stops and subway tickets can be purchased at the train stations at either the ticket machines or at a kiosk.
Sofia has a humid continental climate with an average annual temperature of 10.2 °C.
Winters are cold and snowy. In the coldest days temperatures can drop as low as -15°C or even lower, most notably in January. Foggy conditions are frequent, especially in the beginning of the season. On average, Sofia receives a total snowfall of 90 cm (35.5 in) and around 60 days with snow cover.
Summers are warm and sunny. In summer, Sofia generally remains slightly cooler than other parts of Bulgaria, due to its higher altitude. However, the city is also subjected to heat waves with high temperatures reaching or exceeding 35°C in the hottest days, particularly in July and August.
Springs and autumns in Sofia are short with variable and dynamic weather.
The city receives an average annual precipitation of 591 mm (23.27 in), reaching its peak in the beginning of the summer when thunderstorms are common.
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Sofia locals dress up to go out so it is a good idea to pack something that works for a nice night out at a restaurant or show.
- 2 pants, include one black pair that can double as ‘good’
- 1 shorts
- 1 x singlets – good for layering and sleeping in
- 4 short sleeve tee shirts or shirts.
- 1 x long sleeve sloppy joe or similar
- 1 x polar fleece jumper
- 1 x zip-up shell jacket
- 1 x lightweight windproof raincoat
- 3 x socks
- 5 x underpants
- 2 x bra
- 1 x Northface Dipsea
- I x warm hat (if there in winter)
- 1 x sun hat (if there in summer)
- 1 x warm gloves (if there in winter)
- 1 x pair walking shoes
- 1 x pair sandals
- 1 x pair flip flops (great for showers)
- Travel Towel
- Lush Bar Shampoo
- Bar of Soap
- Brush / Comb
- Hair Ties
- 1 x Earbud headphones. Light and small,
- 1 x 6S iPhone loaded with music and podcasts
- 1 x power bank
- 1 x GoPro Hero 5
- 2 x Spare GoPro Batteries
- 1 x DSLR with normal and wide angle lense
- Spare micro SD Card
- 1 x headlight or torch **essential
- 1 x Swiss knife
- 1 x medical kit
- Refillable water bottle
Things To See & Do In Sofia Bulgaria
In the centre of Sofia is the Amphitheatre of Serdica which was an amphitheatre in the Ancient Roman city of Ulpia Serdica, now Sofia. The Amphitheatre of Serdica was built in the AD 3-4 centuries AD on the site of a 2-3 C AD theatre that was destroyed by the Goths.
Discovered in 2004 during construction of a building and excavated during 2005 – 2006. Today visitors can view the ruins much of which is under a roof.
Open: All Day Every Day
Address: 4 Budapeshta Street, Sofia
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a stunning church in Sofia that sits proudly at the end of a long boulevard that cuts down the middle of a park.
Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is said be one of the largest Christian churches in the world.
There is a museum of Bulgarian icons inside the cathedral crypt which is part of the National Art Gallery. The church claims that the museum contains the largest collection of Orthodox icons in Europe.
Open: 7AM – 7PM – Monday to Sunday
Address: Alexander Nevsky Square, Sofia – 1000
Sofia Opera House
Sofia BUlgaria Opera House
This is a stunning building in the centre of Sofia which opened in 1953 and is the home of Bulgarain Opera and Ballet.
Address: 30 Dondukov Blvd, ул. „Врабча“, 1000 Old City Center, София, Bulgaria
Sofia Bulgaria Government Buildings
Sofia has a number of impressive HUGE Government buildings which are interesting to view.
- The Council of Ministers (Pictured) – where the Bulgarian government meets every week and where the Bulgarian prime-minister has his offices.
- The former Communist Party House (Pictured) – this building is now used by the National Assembly of Bulgaria. and occasionally used for charity concerts.
- The Palace of Justice is perhaps the most remarkable buildings in Sofia.
Parks of Sofia
Parks of Sofia Bulgaria
Sofia has many beautiful parks to visit and stroll in, many have intereteing sculptures, fountians and arts / craft markets
- Borisova Gradina The oldest and best known park in the city. Includes the Ariana Lake where in the summer you can rent a row boat and in the winter,ice skate. There is an open air bar in the middle of the park, with regular live music.
- Yuzhen Park. In the south-east part of the city, this is a busy park with open air cafes, entertainment, and a ponds with ducks.
- City Garden. It`s the oldest and most central public garden, in existence since 1872.
Vitosha Street (Walking Street)
The central shopping mall is a lively street full of restaurants and bars where locals and visitors alike gather in the evening for drinks and meals. Vitosha offers a diverse range of food and is a great place to stop for a casual meal or drink after a busy day.