City breaks to Sofia specialise in ancient ruins, historic cathedrals and shopping spots.

A melting pot of cultures

Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital, and it also happens to be the country’s largest city. It’s got a sizeable history too – Sofia’s one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back over 2,000 years. Over the years, the Romans, Greeks and Ottomans have all made their mark – you’ll see their pockets of influence all over the city, in everything from the architecture to its food. You’ll find one of the highlights in an unlikely spot – back in 2010, the remains of an ancient Roman city were discovered sitting just above the Serdica metro station. The site is made up of the ruins of eight streets, an early Christian Basillica, baths and houses. And, if you’re keeping an eye on your budget, you’ll be pleased to hear they’re completely free to look around.

At a Glance

  • Gaze at the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Wander down Vitosha Boulevard
  • Visit the Serdica Excavations

Best time to go to Sofia

Average temperatures vary drastically in Sofia depending on the time of year. August usually has the longest days and it’s the hottest month to visit. June, meanwhile, tends to see the most rainfall, and although temperatures in February are likely to be below 5°C, it’s usually the driest month.

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