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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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Berlin Park Vitosha (Classic)

Berlin Park Vitosha is a 4-star property located to the south of Sofia offering outstanding leisure and spa facilities.
Best Western Europe

Best Western Europe is a modern 4-star hotel offering stylish accommodation near the heart of Sofia. Highlights include onsite dining, free Wi-Fi and parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and an excellent location close to Borisova gradina.
Art'otel (Classic)

Art'otel is a traditional 4-star hotel offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Sofia. Highlights include free Wi-Fi, onsite dining, a sauna and an excellent location next to the National Palace of Culture.
Winslow Elegance

This aparthotel consists of two buildings and a garden. It has an outdoor playground for children, a barbeque area and a garden. Opened in 2009, it offers elegant and roomy apartments decorated with paintings and equipped with premium-grade furniture. There are 44 accommodation units in total at this..
Alpin

The ski hotel offers five rooms, one suite and two studios with terraces and superb panoramic views of the mountain. The hotel also offers a holiday village with six one-storey villas and two two-storey villas. Guests are welcomed in the lobby, which offers a 24-hour check-out service, as well as a hotel..
Best Western Florimont Hotel & Casino & Spa

This modern hotel provides a wonderful combination between the pristine nature of the Pirin Mountain and the atmosphere of the ancient Bulgarian town. It offers a wide range of services and facilities such as a restaurant, built in a traditional Bulgarian style, a café, lobby bar, night bar, nightclub..
Best Western Hotel Europe

The comfortable hotel comprises 7 floors with 34rooms including 4suites. Facilities include a foyer with a 24-hour reception desk, a hotel safe, a lift and a café. A bar and an air-conditioned à la carte restaurant with a non-smoking area invitingly await guests. Furthermore, there is a conference..
BEST WESTERN EXPO

The hotel has 90 rooms and 9 spacious suites, comfortable and well furnished, equipped with minibar, fridge, wireless Internet access, air conditioning and TV, among other amenities. It also has 5 function rooms, the For EGO Restaurant with local modern cuisine and the French-style Monet bar with a variety..
BEST WESTERN EXPO HOTEL

The brand new BEST WESTERN Expo Hotel is located only 4 minutes from Sofia's International Airport, the city center, and a step away from the International Exhibition Center.We offer fully equipped, luxurious rooms, conference and banquet facilities and an elegant restaurant. The high level of quality..
Yagoda and Malina Chalets

The villas are surrounded by sunny meadows and magnificent conifers. They are suitable for vacations of families, couples and groups who seek the comfort, seclusion and serenity without missing the active day and nightlife in Borovetz. The villas are open a year round. ¿Yagoda¿ chalets have..
Astera Bansko Hotel & Spa

This ski apartment hotel combines the beauty of traditional Bulgarian architecture with the comfort and convenience of a new and modern hotel. It comprises a total of 127 accommodation units including 34 apartments and 1 studio. Facilities on offer to guests include a lobby area with a 24-hour reception,..
Bansko

The ski hotel is truly wonderful with a friendly atmosphere and is among the best known in the resort. There are 53 rooms at the hotel. Guests are welcomed in a lobby with a 24-hour reception with a currency exchange service and 24-hour check-out service. It offers a cloakroom, safety deposit boxes and..
White Peaks

The hotel offers fully furnished apartments with great views of the neighbouring Rila and Pirin mountains. The hotel opened in 2008 and it offers 61 apartments with one and two bedrooms and studios. Shared facilities include a lobby area with 24-hour check-out service, lift access, café, games room,..
Victoria Borovets

Situated in the old centre of the resort, hotel Victoria offers all for the comfort of your winter and summer holiday in the peace and quiet of the mountain forest.The hotel has 12 rooms with shower, mini-bar, telephone and cable TV. The last floor comprises of two luxurious suites with separate bedroom..
Vitosha Tulip

This popular property enjoys a privileged location in Sofia . Hotel was constructed in 2012. Hotel was refurbished in 2013. There are a total of 22 rooms on the premises. The property consists of 14 double rooms, 2 junior suites, 2 suites and 2 studios. Situated in the city centre, the Hotel is convenient..
Sofia Plaza (Room Only)

This 3 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.
St. George Hotel

Property Location You'll be centrally located in Sofia with a stay at St. George Hotel, minutes from National Palace of Culture and Ivan Vazov National Theatre. This hotel is within close proximity of Slaveykov Square and Sveta Nedelya Church. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 20 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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