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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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Hotel Orlando (Non-Refundable)

Hotel Orlando is a traditional 3-star hotel offering comfortable and practical accommodation, within easy reach of the city centre. Highlights include free Wi-Fi and a small garden.
Hotel Orlando

Hotel Orlando is a traditional 3-star hotel offering comfortable and practical accommodation, within easy reach of the city centre. Highlights include free Wi-Fi and a small garden.
Hemus Hotel Sofia (Classic)

The Hemus Hotel Sofia is a 3-star property promising comfortable accommodation and modern comforts, near the heart of the city. Highlights include a beauty salon and free Wi-Fi.
Holiday Village Diplomat

It is part of Diplomatic Club Gloria Palace complex which area is more than 3,5 hectares with large restaurant garden, outdoor swimming pool, 8 tennis courts and children's playground.
Hemus Hotel Sofia

This hotel is situated in the heart of Sofia, just 500 m from the National Palace of Culture and the city¿s biggest shopping street: Vitosha Boulevard. The hotel is only 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the central train station.
Kolikovski Hotel

Kolikovski Boutique Hotel is a new modern building located in the very heart of Sofia ? between the two main central boulevards ? ?Vitosha? and ?Patriarch Evtimii?. It elegantly mingles with the surrounding old buildings built by Austrian architects during the last century and it adds to the refined,..
Hotel Razlog

Renovated in 2005, this modern city hotel is ideal for business travellers and holidaymakers alike. It offers its guests everything needed for a good and relaxing holiday and comprises a total of 56 rooms including 16 junior suites. Facilities on offer to guests at this air-conditioned establishment..
Legends Hotel

The hotel Legends is located close to the National Palace of Culture and the trade centre. The hotel has a lobby with reception desk, restaurant, conference room up to 50 people. The rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, A/C, mini bar, bathroom (bath/shower). Address: Cherni vrah Blvd 54-56, 1407 Sofia,..
Hotel Rila Sofia (Room Only)

Hotel Rila Sofia is a charming 3-star property offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Sophia. Highlights include free Wi-Fi and a good location near the National Art Gallery.
HOTEL ELATE PLAZA

The delicious food and the cozy atmosphere are just the beginning of a pleasant business dinner or just breakfast with some good friends. Working time: from 17:00 to 22:30 in the saloon. The hotel offers modern fitness center and sauna.
HOTEL LIONS LION SOFIA

The hotel consists of a 5 floor main building with a total of 32 double rooms and 1 suite. Facilities include a bar and an air-conditioned restaurant. Furthermore, the hotel possesses an internet terminal. Those arriving by car may make use of the car park or garage room and laundry services round off..
HOTEL BUDAPEST

This brand-new 3-star business hotel was built in 2009 and offers 63 rooms on 7 floors, equipped with modern in-room facilities, lobby bar and a restaurant. The hotel is a perfect choice for travellers who are visiting sofia for business or leisure. Guests are welcomed into a lobby with 24-hour reception..
HOTEL HILL

Enjoying a magnificent location on the highest hill of sofia, hill hotel boasts wonderful views of the city centre and the vitosha mountain, being close to the city centre. The new business building of the fpi - hill tower and the biggest congress centre, the national palace of ..
Hemus (Special Offer)

This 3 star hotel is located in the city centre of Sofia and was established in 1968. It is close to the National Palace of Culture and the nearest station is European Union.
Hill Hotel Sofia

Hill Hotel is strategically located for business and leisure visitors to the interesting and cultural city of Sofia, Bulgaria, with easy access to the nearby financial and tourist venues. The hotel has a bright and cheerful decor.Each of the 48 rooms at this fine 3-star hotel feature superior amenities...
Holiday Village Diplomat - Gloria Palace

Property Location When you stay at Holiday Village Diplomat - Gloria Palace in Sofia, you'll be in the suburbs and close to National Museum of History and Boyana Church. This hotel is within the vicinity of Mount Vitosha and National Palace of Culture. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 18 air-conditioned..
Hotel Ajax

Property Location When you stay at Hotel Ajax in Sofia, you'll be in the business district and close to Sofia Zoo and National Palace of Culture. This hotel is within close proximity of Tokuda Hospital and Expo 2000 Congress Centre. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 14 individually furnished..
Hotel Favorit

Property Location A stay at Hotel Favorit places you in the heart of Sofia, convenient to Central Sofia Market Hall and Church of St. George. This hotel is within close proximity of Banya Basha Mosque and Sofia Public Mineral Baths. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 24 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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