Everyone of us, or at least most, do some itinerary before traveling. Its is always a significant question on the length of stay in each place, specially for a first-time visitors. Capital, as usually the biggest city in the country, is no estrange to that doubt. Many of them in Europe vary from Barcelona, where you can stay for weeks, to smaller one where you can discover a place in just even less than few days. Good internet research always help to plan your trip better. And here I come with my blog post, to answer that questions.
So where are we this time? Sophia, a capital of Bulgaria, a beautiful country with stunning mountain range Vitosha, a volcanic mountain massif, on the outskirts the capital, visible all around. Vitosha is one of the symbols of Sofia and the closest site for hiking, alpinism and skiing. thought, when it comes to the rest of the country, I can not say that Sophia offers a lot. One day is all you need to discover the place. I would even suggest going to see Rila Monastery in the morning and do a sight-seen after. All could be done in one day. All the major attractions are very close buy, almost all located on one street. If you are staying in the city center area you can start your tour from Ancient Complex Serdica, site situated just above the Serdika metro station that displays the remains of the Roman city.
There is also a History Museum to see. Just 2 mins away you can see a Rotonda st. George, The Church of St George is an Early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia.
Now heading forward on pl. Knyaz Aleksandar you can visit Ethnographic Museum (showcasing folk costumes & regional art & artifacts) and Russian Church. A bit further on a left hand side you can visit a stunning Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Built in Neo-Byzantine style, it serves as the cathedral church of the Patriarch of Bulgaria and it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and primary tourist attractions. Heading more towards Crystal Palace, you can see on the way a building of a National Assembly.
Close by National Stadium Vasil Levski, as a very close by attraction too, but to be honest, can be skipped. At the end I would suggest adding a National Palace of Culture, but its located a bit far away, but can be easily reached by trolley line 1,2,5,8 and 9 just from the Crystal Palace.
This is a main itinerary for Sophia city center. Please keep in your mind that Rila Monastery is a must see place too, so if you want to spend one day around capital, please do add an extra day to see this stunning monastery hidden in a mountains.