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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. 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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Kempinski Zografski

This luxury 5-star hotel is located 2km south from the city centre, in Lozentes district. The hotel offers numerous dining options and an array of wellness facilities and treatments. Rooms are nicely and well appointed.
Kempinski Zografski (Deluxe)

This luxury 5-star hotel is located 2km south from the city centre, in Lozentes district. The hotel offers numerous dining options and an array of wellness facilities and treatments. Rooms are elegantly appointed with all modern comfort.
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel

This modern 5-star hotel is located in the heart of Sofia and overlooking Parliament and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Spacious rooms are designed for elegance and comfort. The hotel enjoys excellent leisure facilities.
Pirin Golf Hotel and SPA

The Pirin Golf & Country Club is a year round international resort, which offers vacation properties and luxurious trading areas for sale and rent and manages a top-level golf club at the same time. The hotel is located northeast from the main gate of the Pirin Golf & Country Club and overviews..
Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan

Perfectly situated in the heart of the city, the award-winning Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan is the epitome of luxury and a landmark of the Bulgarian capital. Behind its beautiful façade, Italian marble and impressive chandeliers convey an ambience of grandeur and opulence; guests will find wonderfully..
Radisson Blu Grand

This hotel enjoys a central location opposite the Parliament Building within easy walking distance of all the attractions of Sofia.Standard Rooms at include a king-sized bed or twin beds and a sleek marble bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Guests Free high-speed, wireless Internet and..
Sense Hotel Sofia (Superior)

Sense Hotel Sofia is a contemporary 5-star hotel offering luxury accommodation in the heart of Sofia. Highlights include a rooftop bar, indoor pool, luxury spa and a great location on the famous Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Kempinski Zografski Hotel

Located in lozenets, sofia's most prestigious area, the 5 star kempinski zografski hotel combines the classic with modern. All 218 rooms are equipped to the highest standards and feature facilities normally associated with a hotel of this category. The in-house restaurants and bar, as well as theirs..
Premier Luxury Mountain Resort

Situated on the outskirts of the Bulgaria's best ski resort, Premier Luxury Mountain Resort is an elegant, luxurious hotel enjoying magnificent views of the majestic Pirin Mountain. It has classic interior design with contemporary touches and features a wide variety of first-class services and amenities..
Kempinski Zografski Sofia (Deluxe)

This 5 star hotel is located in the suburbs of Sofia and was established in 1979. It is a short drive away from the Boyana Church.
Pirin Golf Hotel & Spa

The Pirin Golf & Country Club is a year round international resort, which offers vacation properties and luxurious trading areas for sale and rent and manages a top-level golf club at the same time.
Radisson Blu Grand (Special Offer)

This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Sofia and was established in 1969. It is close to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the nearest station is St.Klment Ohridski.
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia

The Radisson SAS Grand Sofia Hotel is located in the most attractive part of the city, on the famous yellow pavement street overlooking the Parliament and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and just a 10-minute drive from the airport, the train and bus stations. The hotels facilities and services include..
Sense Hotel

Sense Hotel Sofia is located on the famous yellow paved ?Tsar Osvoboditel? boulevard. Surrounded by historical, administrative and business buildings, the hotel is in the very heart of the bustling city center. It will take you minutes to reach Al. Nevski Cathedral or St. Sofia statue, National Art Gallery,..
Kempinski Zografski (Special Offer)

This 5 star hotel is located in the suburbs of Sofia and was established in 1979. It is a short drive away from the Boyana Church and the nearest station is Central Railway Station Sofia.
Kempinski Zografski (Deluxe - Spc Offr)

This 5 star hotel is located in the suburbs of Sofia and was established in 1979. It is a short drive away from the Boyana Church and the nearest station is Central Railway Station Sofia.
SHERATON

This 5 star hotel is located in the city centre of Sofia and was established in 1956. It is close to the Alexander Nevski Cathedral and the nearest station is Sveta Nedelya Square. The Hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a conference room, a coffee shop and a fitness centre/gym. All 184 rooms are equipped..
Sense Hotel Sofia

Property Location With a stay at Sense Hotel Sofia, you'll be centrally located in Sofia, steps from Bulgarian Parliament and Monument to the Liberating Tsar. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Russian Church. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 71 air-conditioned..
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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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