Discovering Sofia, Bulgaria

I spent a lovely long weekend in the mesmerizing city of Sofia, Bulgaria. As this year is quite special for me, I’ve decided that I want to invest more in travelling and exploring new places everywhere I can. Sofia was on my list for quite some time and I’m finally happy that I bought those 9 euro flight tickets from Vienna. Yes, they can get THAT cheap thanks to @Ryanair obviously.

Growing up in post-communist Romania, I kinda expected Bulgaria to have a similar vibe as my native country and I wasn’t wrong, however, there are some things that made Sofia stand out.

As soon as I arrived at the airport, I was super happy to see that it’s so easy to reach the city center only by hopping on the metro or, of course, by bus. However, I think the metro is more cheaper and convenient but probably not as fast as the bus.

When I was heading to my hotel, I noticed these beautiful historical statues placed in most of the metro stations. Being a history geek since forever, of course, I had to skip many metro rides, just to go through all the stories that were written next to the historical objectives. Do it, you won’t be disappointed!

To make things even better, the city center is basically an open museum. You will be surrounded by old ancient ruins and lots of stories that are waiting for you to discover them. All of this is possible through the free walking tour organized by Free Sofia Tour. They will tell you Sofia’s history from its early beginnings until the dramatic communist part. They will take you through all the major places in the city, from old Roman ruins to the city’s biggest and most unique Orthodox churches.

Make sure you also spend some time tasting the local cuisine. Dishes like Shkembe, a soup seasoned with garlic, hot red pepper, and vinegar, or Meshana Skara, grilled meat in various forms and versions, will definitely make you love this country even more, especially if you’re into meat.

I really look forward to coming back to this mesmerizing city and its people and if you’re planning to visit it, please don’t hesitate. Thank you, Bulgaria! 🇧🇬 ❤️

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