Sofia is one of Europe's least expensive cities to visit and also one of the most beautiful. However, there is much more to this Eastern European city than just being affordable.
The city is full of character, tradition and history. Be sure to explore the heart of the historic district and stroll down the famed yellow brick roads. You might even be surprised to find out that below your feet lies an 1,800 year-old Roman city partially exposed. Or perhaps you would prefer a Bulgarian rejuvenating rose massage in the ruins of a third century coliseum. Outdoor activities include hiking and skiing on Mount Vitosha, a 7,500 foot peak.
The city has a lot to offer the visitor, from several free daily tours, to exploring Sofia's fascinating history. One of the most impressive parts of the city are the uncovered remains of Serdica, a Roman city dating back to 300 A.D.
One area landmark not to be missed is the impressive Alexander Nefsky Cathedral that can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. Each of the cathedral's twelve bells with a combined weight of 23 tons are still rung by hand. Gregorian chants performed by Orthodox priests can be heard on Sundays.
Other places of interest include Sofia Zoological Garden, National Palace of Culture, Monument to the Tsar Liberator, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, National Historical Museum and many more.
Sofia is home to numerous art galleries and theaters; most can be found on Rakovski Street, Sofia's Broadway.
Vitosha Boulevard is the main commercial street in the centre of Sofia. The street is lined with high-end department stores, restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Some of the hotels that offer affordable lodging include the Grand Hotel Sofia, Hotel Arte, Arena di Serdica and the Sense Hotel.
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