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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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Rodina

Rodina is a modern 4-star hotel offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Sofia. Highlights include multiple restaurants, stylish interiors, free Wi-Fi, a piano bar, an indoor swimming pool and a sauna.
Sofia Plaza

Sofia Plaza Hotel is a friendly 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation near the heart of Sofia. Highlights include an onsite restaurant, sauna, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi.
Rodina (Luxury)

This pleasant 4-star hotel has is located in the centre of Sofia; close to tourist attractions and shopping areas. The hotel offers leisure facilities and great dining options. Comfortable rooms are nicely appointed.
Silver House (Non-Refundable)

This modern 4-star hotel is located in Sofia's business district, 5km from the centre of Sofia. The hotel offers nicely appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel enjoys a great restaurant and leisure facilities.
Silver House

This modern 4-star hotel is located in Sofia's business district, 5km from the centre of Sofia. The hotel offers nicely appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel enjoys a great restaurant and leisure facilities.
Sofia Princess Hotel

This contemporary 4-star hotel boasts excellent central location. Many tourist attractions are within walking distance. The hotel offers excellent Spa area with a great selection of amenities and treatments. Tastefully decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi and modern decor. The hotel is an ideal choice..
Rodina (Deluxe)

This pleasant 4-star hotel has is located in the centre of Sofia; close to tourist attractions and shopping areas. The hotel offers leisure facilities and great dining options. Rooms are decorated in classic style and offer all modern comforts.
Sofia Plaza

This city hotel comprises 2 suites, 2 studios and 46 double standard rooms. It also offers the Classic restaurant, a lobby bar, a conference room (with 60 seats) and a business centre. It is air-conditioned and offers guests a lobby with 24-hour reception and a hotel safe. A laundry service is also available..
Riu Pravets Resort Golf & Spa

This hotel, surrounded by lush greenery, not only features exceptional amenities, it is also a perfect base for combining business with leisure. Built in 2009, the hotel's numerous facilities include 242 rooms, an executive floor, casino, hairdresser, boutique and souvenir shops, Internet room (additional..
Samokov

This 11-storey ski hotel, constructed in an alpine style, is surrounded by established pine forests and offers a pleasant atmosphere and first-class service throughout the year. It attracts guests from all over the world and comprises a total of 262 large rooms and apartments. Facilities on offer to..
Saint Ivan Rilski Hotel SPA and Apartments

St. Ivan Rilski Hotel, SPA and Apartments is located in Bulgaria's most famous ski resort of Bansko. The complex consists of a hotel, SPA centre abd a 4 luxury apartment houses. The all seasons four star-rated SPA hotel St. Ivan Rilski offers: - 5 comfotable single rooms; - 98 spacious and stylish doulbe..
Sofia Princess Hotel (Minimum 2 Nights)

This contemporary 4-star hotel boasts excellent central location. Many tourist attractions are within walking distance. The hotel offers excellent Spa area with a great selection of amenities and treatments. Tastefully decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi and modern decor. The hotel is an ideal choice..
Royal Towers

Built in 2007, this is an exclusive ski hotel complex which comprises a total of 319 rooms in 12 five-storey buildings, each with its own entrance and lift. Facilities on offer to guests at this air-conditioned establishment include restaurants on two levels, a snack bar with a spacious terrace offering..
Samokov Hotel

The Samokov hotel is located in the centre of the resort of Borovets, at approximately 1300 m above sea level. Guests will find the centre of Borovets with its restaurants, bars and shops as well as links to the public transport within walking distance. The hotel is a starting point for short and long..
Sofia Plaza (Non-Refundable)

Hotel Sofia Plaza is a friendly 4-star property offering basic accommodation in the heart of Sofia. Highlights include free Wi-Fi and a good location steps from the central railway and bus stations.
Sofia Plaza Hotel

The hotel offers a bar, a restaurant, conference hall, Internet access, laundry service, 12 hours room service and safe at reception (extra charge). The Hotel Sofia Plaza offers rooms with Wi-Fi internet access.You can start your day with a rich buffet breakfast. The restaurant at the Sofia Plaza Hotel..
Sofia Plaza (Special Offer)

This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre of Sofia and was established in 2007. It is a short drive away from the Mall of Sofia and the nearest station is direct at the hotel.
Silver House (Special Offer)

This 4 star hotel is located within the city of Sofia and was established in 2007. It is a short drive away from the Sports hall Arena Armeec and the nearest station is GM Dimitrov.
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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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