(27 october 2012)
Sofia is not a tourist city and it may well be visited in one day or a weekend.
Yet Sofia has its own personal charm, that of a city for decades kept hidden by a thick iron curtain that has often depicted as the darkest point of the world democracy (even today, when you win an election very high majority you say about a “Bulgarian percentages”).
The most interesting monuments are, obviously, in the city center where it stands for beauty and importance, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an interesting example of Orthodox architecture, which can be the ideal starting point for the tour of city. Then, taking the elegant Osvoboditel Boulevard (there is also the Italian Embassy), we arrive in the central Nezavisimost Square with the characteristic “cobblestones” yellow. And then Vitosha Boulevard, a large commercially-oriented way, the Tzum department store and much more.
Also worth visiting the synagogue and the mosque of the city that are just meters from each other.
ARRIVAL (some tips):
Although Bulgaria an EU country since 2004, the identity checks at the entrance are very strict and you can find long queue. It ‘just the identity card valid for travel abroad, preferably without the extension stamp.
The airport is small and does not have adequate space to an international airport.
To reach the center you can use the 70 line of the urban public service. However, there are some operators that really minimal cost (about 3 € per person) perform a shuttle service leading you to the address. You can also book the return path.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The Church of Alexander Nevsky
The Boyana Church (out of town)
WITH A LITTLE MORE TIME ….
Ivan Vazov Theatre
SOME OF RELAX
WHERE TO EAT
Manastirska Magernitza – 67 Khan Asparouh street