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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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Park Inn by Radisson Sofia

This modern 4-star hotel is 3km south from the centre of Sofia. Excellent wellness facilities, massage services, Spa treatments and rooms with classic decor ensure a relaxing stay.
Redenka Palace

Built in 2008, this club resort comprises a total of 113 accommodation units. This air-conditioned establishment offers its guests a 24-hour reception service, 24-hour security, a lift, a business centre, conference facilities, secure ski and golf club storage, 4 shops, underground parking spaces, parking..
Orphey

The hotel yard naturally blends into the town park providing a peaceful and tranquil location for guests seeking either recreation or a holiday. It is as suitable for families with children as it is for individual tourists and groups. It offers excellent conditions for skiers, snowboarders and party..
Regnum Apart Hotel

Constructed in 2010, the 153-room aparthotel is the perfect place to relax with its unique decoration, places for relaxation and cosiness. It features luxurious apartments, including studios and 1- and 2-bedroom apartments.The complex has more than 100 luxury studios, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, which..
Pirin Golf & Country Club Apartments

This family-friendly apartment complex in 150 hectares of grounds is an international resort which offers the unique opportunity to ski in the well-renowned ski resort of Bansko in the winter and to enjoy the aristocratic game of golf in summer. It offers guests holiday properties and luxurious trading..
Redenka Chalets

This is a gated complex of 8 two-bedroom chalets and 7 three-bedroom chalets, a total of 15 chalets. The complex provides guests with a lobby area with a 24-hour reception and 24-hour check-in/check out service, a hotel safe, a cafe, a restaurant and a parking.The chalets are recently built, furnished..
Radina'S Way

The complex offers a wide range of facilities providing guests with all the necessary comforts. It has a gourmet restaurant, a cigar bar that offers a variety of cigars and spirits, lobby bar, a magnificent spa centre, a conference centre, a playground, an Internet room equipped with Xbox and airline..
Park Inn

This brand new hotel complex is located in one of the best areas of Sofia, near to the new Expo centre and the theme park "Sofia Land". The hotel is a short and cheap taxi ride to the downtown area.The rooms are spacious with a light and summery feel. They are modern is style and tastefully..
Novotel Sofia

The Novotel Sofia is located adjacent to The Mall on Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard and 10 metres from the European Trade Centre. The Inter Expo centre is 3 KM away and the city centre is less then a 10 min drive away.The hotel restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.This is a modern building.The..
Novotel Sofia (Superior)

Novotel Sofia is a modern 4-star hotel offering comfortable accommodation in southeast Sofia. Highlights include free Wi-Fi and parking, onsite dining, a gym and a good location near the airport.
Park Inn by Radisson Sofia Hotel

The hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, business center, conference room, parking, 24-hour reception and wireless Internet access. The bedrooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini bar (extra charge), safety box, hairdryer, coffee maker (extra charge),..
Piry

The hotel is situated in the foothills of the 3 most beautiful mountains in Bulgaria: Pirin, Rila and the Rhodopi. A selection of restaurants, bars, pubs, nightspots, as well as the bus and railway station and shopping venues are to be found in the centre of Bansko. Plovdiv Airport is approximately 145..
Ramada Sofia

This hotel is situated at the heart of Sofia, close to the train station. Bars, restaurants and shops are to be found in the vicinity as are links to the public transport network (100 m away).||Built in 1977 and renovated in 2002, this hotel comprises a 16 storey building with a total of 564 double rooms...
Ramada Sofia Hotel

The hotel is situated in central Sofia within walking distance from the main rail station. Tram and bus links with the rest of the city are excellent and the taxis are plentiful and inexpensive.The rooms are medium in size and are of good quality. The bathrooms are tiled in marble and are in very good..
Ramada Sofia (Superior)

Ramada Sofia is a modern 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Sofia. Highlights include a casino, spa, an indoor swimming pool and a good location close to the central railway and bus stations.
Ramada Sofia (Superior/ Minimum 2 Nights)

Ramada Sofia is a modern 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Sofia. Highlights include a casino, spa, an indoor swimming pool and a good location close to the central railway and bus stations.
RAMADA SOFIA ( Formerly Sofia Princess)

The RAMADA SOFIA ( Formerly Sofia Princess) is a Tourist; Business; Leisure; City hotel; Full Service hotel. Located in SOFIA area. Shopping is accessible by bus/taxi and the nightlife/restaurants are located in the hotel.
Park Inn Sofia

This 4 star hotel is located in the suburbs of Sofia and was established in 2005. It is a short drive away from the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral and the nearest station is Joliot Curie. The Hotel has a restaurant, 2 bars, a conference room, a coffee shop, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre/gym...
Ramada Sofia (Special Offer)

This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre of Sofia and was established in 1976. It is a short drive away from the Cathedral Saint Al. Nevski and the nearest station is Sveta Nedelja Square.
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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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