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Cheap Flights, Holidays and City Breaks to Sofia, Bulgaria from Ireland

Why don’t you visit Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and one of Europe’s most compact and walkable cities. Sofia is the capital and the largest city of Bulgaria and it is the 15th largest city in the EU, with a population of 1.2 million people. The Bulgarian captial is situated at the foot of the Mount Vitosha.

The Bulgarian capital has had numerous names throughout its history and you can discover more about its’ history of this amazing city with cheap flights, holidays ot city breaks to Sofia from Dublin, Cork and Shannon.

Sofia is one of the most visited tourist spots in Bulgaria. It is situated close to both mountain resorts and coastal areas so there’s plenty to see and do on your holiday or city break to Sofia. One of Sofia’s highlights is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which can accommodate 10,000 people. It is one of the symbols of Bulgaria, which was constructed in the late 19th Century and it occupies an area of 3,170 square metres.

When on holiday in Sofia, try to visit Oborishte, which is located in the heart of the city. Most of Sofia’s landmarks and administrative edifices are found here and it is known for its largely Neo-Renaissance and Viennese architecture, its yellow cobblestones and its extensive green belts.

Sofia is well known for the Boyana Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boyana is the home of the Presidential residence, Boyana Church and the National Historical Museum.

Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox Church that is situated at the foot of Mount Vitosha in the Boyana Quarter. Boyana Church is one of the few complete and brilliantly preserved medieval monuments that testify to the major contributions of the Bulgarian monumental paintings of the European culture during the Middle Ages.

Another recommended sightseeing stopover is the SS Cyril and Methodius National Library, which houses the largest National Collection of Books and Documents (1,714,211 Books and some six million other Documents. It is Bulgaria’s oldest Cultural Institute.)

The National Historical Museum in Boyana District has an enormous collection of more than 650,000 historical items, which date to pre-history right up to the modern era. Only 10,000 are permanently displayed due to a lack of space.

Vitosha Boulevard is where you will find Sofia’s numerous fashion boutiques and luxury good stores. During your tour of the Bulgarian capital, you are sure to pass many onion-domed churches, Red Army Monuments as well as Ottoman Mosques.

Sofia is a city that has some of the best bars and clubs in the entire country. I’m sure you will find them during your tour of this charming city, with cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Sofia always available from Ireland.

A trip to Vitosha is a must for any adventurous tourist when holidaying in Sofia. Vitosha is a mountain massif on the outskirts of Sofia. It is one of the tourist’s symbols of the Bulgarian capital and if you are a keen hiker or skier, it is the closest place to do these types of activities.

The territory of the mountain includes Vitosha National Park, which encompasses the best known and the most frequently visited parts. Vitosha is the oldest National Park in the Balkans and if you enjoy getting close with nature, this is definitely the National Park for you.

The Syfy Channel original movie of Rage of the Yeti was filmed on Mount Vitosha in January 2010. Once at the top of Mount Vitosha, you will have unobstructed and panoramic views of the beautiful city below.

Sofia is an attractive and cultured city with so much history and culture present around every corner and new arrivals to this beautiful city, which was once under strict Soviet control, are guaranteed one hell of a time; that is for sure. It’s a fascinating place to visit, so check out our latest deals on city breaks to Sofia from Ireland to make sure you can experience all it has to offer.

If you’d like to visit other parts of Bulgaria, we can offer cheap Plovdiv flights and holidays, or you could plan a Riga holiday during your stay in Sofia.

For cheap flights and holidays to Sofia, cheap holiday packages to Sofia from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, call us today.


Information & Facts

Activities

Sofia Sightseeing Tour

Sofia Walking Tour

Sofia Green Tour

Climate

Sofia has a humid continental climate with an average annual temperature of 10.4 °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. A typical winter in Sofia receives on average 40 snowy days with a total snowfall of around 90 cm (35 in) and about 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 and they are offering variable and dynamic weather.

With around 85 rainy days annually, the city receives an average precipitation of 610 mm (24 in) a year, reaching its peak in the beginning of the summer when thunderstormsare not uncommon.

Eating Out

Sofia's city centre is packed with restaurants, bistros, cafes and eating establishments of all kinds and for all pockets. In a bid to beat the financial crisis, most restaurants now offer daily lunch specials at very competitive rates, so if you are on a budget but still enjoy eating out - now is your chance to try some of the better restaurants.

Getting Around

Sofia has a well-developed and efficient public transport system that consists of buses, trolleys, trams, subway. The public transport operates from 5AM to about 12AM. Taxis are the only transport option at night.

If you are traveling by public transport with a large suitcase or backpack, be sure to buy a separate ticket for your bag/case or you might be fined!

Streets have adequate tiled pavements, especially in the city centre. However, they are frequently uneven and potholed, and walking is further made difficult by parked cars, street vendors and cafes. Except for areas in the very centre, pavements rarely have slopes for wheelchair access or designated lanes for bicycle riders. Pedestrian crossings are numerous and are relatively respected by drivers.

By Mini-Bus

Mini-buses (marshrutki) stop if you just wave a hand and usually are fast way to go somewhere without need to change the car. You pay to the driver when you get on the car. Prices are 1.50 leva (about €0.75). You need to tell the driver if and when you want to get off.

Rent a Bike

Sofia is one of the greenest capitals in Europe, with the big park zones ideal for biking. Slow traffic in downtown is perfect for cycling. On a bike you will save time and will enjoy sport activity. Sofia also has the few bike paths around the downtown area and districts such as Mladost, Nadezhda, Hipodruma.) Bike rental operates from 10am to about 8pm (April to November). Discover Sofia by using a bike map or join an experienced bike guide.

 

Kids Attractions

SofiaLand Attractions Park: SofiaLand Attractions Park is the largest entertainment park for children in Buglaria

Patilants Amuseument Kids Complex

Kokolandia Adventure Park

Language

Bulgarian

Money

Bulgarian Lev

Nightlife

Sofia night life is truly amazing – the city comes alive at night. An atmosphere of liberation and fun pervades the night life scene of Sofia. Because there are just a few licensing laws, bars can serve alcohol at any time of day or night so one can always find a party going on. Bars and cafes are usually closing at midnight (or later) and after that the city numerous night clubs are taking over the party until 5 or 6am. There are many restaurants working during the night, providing the hungry crowd a warm breakfast in 6am and a quiet place where the tired party animals can discuss what happened in the night club and after that the bars and cafes open again.

There are plenty of opportunities to see live music. Clubs regularly schedule performances by bands that play anything from traditional Bulgarian music to hardcore, punk, reggae, electronica or metal. The largest clubs in Sofia are concentrated in Students’ town (Studentski grad).

Restaurants

Sofia's dining scene is one that you will definitely have to experience. It is super. You will be able to choose between the fine-dining atmosphere of restaurants such as Behind the Cupboard, which is Sofia's best restaurant as well as the House of the Clock, which is situated in teh stunning setting of a 19th Century villa at 15 Moskovska St, next door to the British Embassy.

Why not hang out at some of Sofia's more trendy bar-restaurants or enjoy some fabulous rustic Bulgarian fare at any number of restaurants that fill up in the evenings with office workers and students.

Shopping

Sofia offers everything that any other holiday destination has to offer in terms of shopping. With four shopping malls, each subsequen one larger than the last, an outlet centre, central supermarkets, predominantly German I may add, there is no ned to head to Thessalonik for a shopping fix.

Sightseeing

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia Zoo, Boyana Church, National Art Gallery, Lake Ariana, Lake Pancharevo, Dragalevtsi Monastery

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Hill Hotel

Hill Hotel is a modern 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation near the heart of Sofia. It boasts a modern fitness centre and a good location within walking distance of the city centre.
Hill Hotel (Executive)

Hill Hotel is a modern 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation near the heart of Sofia. It boasts a modern fitness centre and a good location within walking distance of the city centre.
Iceberg

This is a first-class four-star hotel which beautifully blends modern design, a cosy ambiance and great service. The excellent conditions for accommodation, entertainment, sport and recreation offered at the hotel are a guarantee for a pleasant stay. At guests' disposal are luxurious apartments, a main..
Katarino Hotel & Spa

The Katarino Hotel & SPA is located in a quiet, idyllic setting (12km from the centre of Bansko), offering excellent accommodation and some outstanding facilites. The perfect choice for anyone looking for luxurious spa facilities, away from the pace of central Bansko.One of the best equipped properties..
Hill

This is the newest business hotel in Sofia. It was built in 2007 and comprises 48 rooms in total - 14 single and 34 double rooms. This air-conditioned hotel offers its guests luxury accommodation, as well as other services such as room and laundry services, rent-a-car, dry cleaning and an airport pick..
Hill Hotel (Minimum 2 Nights/ Non-Refundable)

Hill Hotel is a modern 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation near the heart of Sofia. It boasts a modern fitness centre and a good location within walking distance of the city centre.
Hotel Berlin Park Vitosha

This elegant city hotel was built in 2010 and has 72 elegantly furnished rooms. Some of its numerous facilities include 24-hour room service, a lobby with a 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, concierge service, luggage storage room, hotel safe, as well as laundry and dry cleaning services. There..
Hotel Forum

This excellent hotel is located near the centre of Sofia just a short drive from the city centre.The rooms are tastefully furnished with modern decor and light wooden furniture. They have a very relaxing and cosy feel and are spacious in size. The bathrooms are in very good condition.The restaurant..
Grand Royale Hotel & Spa

This family-friendly ski apartment complex was built in 2011 in the traditional Bansko romantic style. This air-conditioned property has a total of 133 accommodation units, including 8 singles, 66 apartments and 6 studios. It offers all the features and qualities of its category in an elegant combination..
Hotel Lion Bansko

This charming ski hotel was opened in December 2005 in one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots of the Bansko country resort - the newest and most modern ski resort in Bulgaria. It comprises a total of 191 rooms and offers a full range of services and amenities to assure guests a memorable experience...
Green Life Ski&spa

The hotel is set in a picturesque location at the foot of the Pirin Mountain close to the UNESCO-protected Pirin National Park in Bansko. Its stylishly furnished accommodation units are divided in 2 separate buildings and all of them offer magnificent views of the mountains as well as modern amenities...
Hotel Rila

This hotel is located in the town centre only a few minutes walk from the valley chairlift. The cable car station lies around 400 m from the hotel. A selection of shopping and entertainment venues are also located in the vicinity.||Renovated in 2002, this family ski hotel comprises a total of 505 rooms..
HOTEL MARIA LUISA

The maria luisa hotel occupies an exquisite building dating back to the turn of the last century and considered one of the national cultural monuments. Its ideal location and close proximity to significant business and administrative centers make it a perfect place for business ..
HOTEL CITY AVENUE

The hotel city avenue features a bistro, lobby bar and piano bar. The 30 seat lobby bar is situated in the spacious hotel lobby. There the guests would enjoy a variety of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, coffee, cocktails and pastry. Piano bar city lights is exquisitely furnished..
HOTEL CRYSTAL PALACE BOUTIQUE

The hotel comprises a total of 63 double rooms. Guests may make use of the 24-hour reception desk with safe, a currency exchange facility, a lift and a café. In addition, there is a bar, a pub and an air-conditioned à la carte restaurant. There is a public internet terminal available for use..
HOTEL BEST WESTERN HOTEL EXPO

Opened in 2004, this air-conditioned hotel comprises a total of 99 double rooms spread over 9 floors. The inviting lobby offers guests a 24-hour reception desk, a lift and a currency exchange desk. Further facilities include a bar and an air-conditioned à la carte restaurant with a non-smoking area..
Hotel Vega

Renovated in 2006, this prestigious city hotel, built and decorated in an exquisite, elegant style, features luxurious interiors based on a modern interpretation of classic design. The hotel's 67 guest rooms and 10 luxury suites are unique in their design and decor, well-appointed in a unique style conceived..
Ibis Sofia Airport (opening Augustus 2014)

Property Location With a stay at Ibis Sofia Airport (opening Augustus 2014) in Sofia, you'll be in the business district and close to Sofia Airport Centre and Megapark. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of European Trade Centre and Inter Expo and Congress Center. Rooms Stay in one of 84 guestrooms..
Hotel Vega Sofia

Property Location When you stay at Hotel Vega Sofia in Sofia, you'll be near the airport and close to Sofia Zoo and Vasil Levski Stadium. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Tokuda Hospital and Expo 2000 Congress Centre. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 77 air-conditioned rooms featuring..
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Sofia: Ever Growing, Never Old

The capital of Bulgaria is one of Europe's most compact and walkable cities. Sofia is one of the most visited tourist spots in Bulgaria. It is situated close to both mountain resorts and coastal areas so there's plenty to see and. Sofia is well known for the Boyana Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boyana is the home of the Presidential residence, Boyana Church and the National Historical Museum. Sofia is an attractive and cultured city with so much history and culture present around every corner and new arrivals to this beautiful city, which was once under strict Soviet control, are guaranteed one hell of a time; that is for sure. It's a fascinating place to visit. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Sofia and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Sofia.

 

 

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