Sofia Bulgaria Travel Guide

Sofia Bulgaria Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Sofia Bulgaria Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Travelling to Sofia, Bulgaria, unveils a captivating tapestry woven with ancient history and modern vibrancy. Situated in the heart of the Balkans, Sofia boasts a lineage that stretches back over 7,000 years, making it one of Europe’s oldest cities. Its streets are imbued with the echoes of civilizations past, reflecting a rich mosaic of Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences.

The city’s architectural marvels stand as testament to its storied past. From the remnants of ancient Serdica’s fortifications to the medieval splendor of the Boyana Church, Sofia’s landmarks offer glimpses into bygone eras. The iconic Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with its stunning domes and intricate artwork, serves as a beacon of Bulgaria’s cultural heritage.

Yet, amidst this historical tapestry, Sofia pulses with the energy of modern life. Bustling markets, verdant parks, and lively cafes provide a vibrant backdrop for exploration. Visitors can wander through the city’s diverse neighborhoods, soaking in the ambiance of its bustling streets and embracing the warmth of Bulgarian hospitality.

In Sofia, the past seamlessly intertwines with the present, offering travelers a multifaceted experience unlike any other. Whether delving into its ancient history or savoring its contemporary delights, a journey to Sofia promises an unforgettable adventure, where the essence of Bulgaria’s soul is waiting to be discovered.

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Travel Tips Sofia Bulgaria

Public Transport

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
  • Deodorant
  • 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

Other Stuff

  • 1 x headlight or torch **essential
  • 1 x Swiss knife
  • 1 x medical kit
  • Refillable water bottle

Things To See & Do In Sofia Bulgaria

Roman Ruins

Roman Ruins

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

The Sofia Opera House, located at 30 Vrabcha Street in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria, stands as a beacon of cultural excellence and architectural splendor.

Originally constructed in 1909, this magnificent neo-classical building has served as a cornerstone of Bulgaria’s performing arts scene for over a century. Its grand facade, adorned with intricate sculptures and elegant columns, captivates visitors before they even step inside.

Within its opulent halls, patrons are treated to world-class opera, ballet, and classical music performances, showcasing the immense talent of Bulgaria’s artists. As one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the country, the Sofia Opera House continues to enchant audiences with its captivating productions, making it a must-visit destination for lovers of the performing arts

Government Buildings

Sofia Bulgaria Government Buildings

Sofia has a number of impressive HUGE Government buildings which are interesting to view.

These include;

  • 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

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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

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.

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