Sofia, Bulgaria might not be the prettiest of European capital, as you can see on many Sofia pictures. You won’t find here the charming old town with colorful, old houses but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Sofia.
Why visit Sofia
The capital of Bulgaria is one of the oldest cities in Europe (it was inhabited already in the 30th century BC!) however, it was badly destroyed during World War 2. But even without many historical monuments, there are lots of great things to do in Sofia making it one of the best places to visit in Bulgaria.
The city is vibrant, you can find there many beautiful corners and the numerous green spaces are perfect for walking around and observe city life. There are also some great day trips from Sofia.
With all of these, you should really travel to Sofia soon!
- Airport transfer: Pre-book the airport transfer from Sofia airport to your accommodation in Sofia here.
- Where to stay in Sofia: Design Hotel 36 (9.1/10) / Art ‘Otel (9.1/10)
- Best Sofia tour: Sofia Private City Tour
- Best day trip from Sofia: Rila Monastery & Boyana Church Small Group Tour
- Save money on exchange rates with Revolut pre-paid card (I’ve been using it for years now). Order your bank card here.
- Get insured for your trip to Bulgaria with SafetyWing
Best Sofia photo locations
The most picturesque place in Sofia is definitely Saint Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral from the beginning of the 20th century. It looks like a giant wedding cake and is just the prettiest! Other churches, like Sveta Nedela or Seven Saints, are beautiful too but they are in the shadow of Saint Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral.
The area around Serdica metro station is filled with interesting places. Not only there are ruins of the ancient town Serdica but nearby you can also see Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia synagogue, Sofia Public Mineral Baths (now the museum of the history of Sofia) and the Central Sofia Market Hall.
Largo, the complex of three impressive buildings next to Serdica metro station, is a perfect example of Socialist Classicism architecture in Sofia. But behind one of them, the Ministry of Education and Science, you will find a small Church of Saint George.
Fans of the Soviet remnants will definitely appreciate Soviet Art Museum with many sculptures from that time, including a few Lenins or Bulgarian leaders. It is located a bit away from the center but it’s definitely worth a trip.
Sofia has many great green spaces and pedestrian streets that are perfect for observing city life. The most important is, of course, Vitosha Boulevard, lined with numerous cafes, restaurants, and stores. This is one of the favorite places for locals to hang out and the street is busy until late night hours.
It’s also not difficult to find colorful houses and picturesque lanes in some of the backstreets. The best way to find them is to wander around without the map – you might be surprised what wonders you might find!
And here are some of my favorite Sofia pictures to show you that it’s worth planning a trip to Sofia soon!
I’ve been a few times in Sofia and Bulgaria and so I published more articles about the country. You might be interested in reading these:
- Sofia, Bulgaria – the city that can be a new Berlin!
- Bulgaria itinerary – what to see in Bulgaria in 2 weeks
- Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria – is this the prettiest town in the country?
- Why you should visit Shumen, Bulgaria
- Day in Veliko Tarnovo – my highlight of Bulgaria
- Best reasons to visit Bansko, Bulgaria
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You can find the best accommodation options at Booking. They have many discounts and excellent customer service. Click here to look for the place to stay in Sofia
Never travel without travel insurance, you never know what might happen and better safe than sorry. You can check the insurance policy for Bulgaria here.
I recommend joining organized tours to get to know the place better and to visit more places during your trip. You can find a great selection of tours at Get Your Guide – click here.
Make sure to have the offline map always installed on your phone, they can save you so many troubles. I always use the free app Maps.Me.
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Al02/06/2020 at 19:41
Love your passion for places and your style of writing about them. I come to.your site to find that refuge from daily chaos your site offers. Its nice to see how you keep discovering new and old places that I one day plan to visit. Best wishes , Al
kami13/06/2020 at 18:27
Thank you so much for your kind comment, Al, you just made my day!
Stanislava25/08/2020 at 20:41
A small correction about the picture you have named Ministry of Education and Science – in fact it shows the main entrance to the Presidency. From the publications about Russia on your blog I learned that you speak Russian, so you can read the Cyrillic letters on the building – Република България – Президент. Besides, two guards of the President in their uniforms are in sight. The Ministry of Education occupies a different part of the building (which is really a big one), with a separate entrance.
kami27/08/2020 at 09:35
Yes, of course you are right. Thank you for pointing it out! I though it is the President’s Office but then Google told me otherwise when I was checking the location before publishing the article and I got confused. I will change it right away, thank you!
Helen14/09/2020 at 16:54
Love the pictures of a beautiful city in a gorgeous country
kami30/09/2020 at 11:24