Bulgaria’s capital may be modern and youthful on the outside, but it was 2,000 years of history that dates back to the Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans.
Sofia is best known for its Bulgarian Orthodox Cathedral, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This 1912 building is the most iconic landmark of the city for a good reason. Its incredible architecture, both inside and outside, and stunning paintings will make you want to spend hours in it.
Other popular attractions include the Boyana Church, Russian Church, and National Historical Museum. All of these will give you a glimpse of Bulgaria's history and a feel for the Balkan culture.
Free Tours Sofia
See Sofia in all its glory by joining a free tour. This will give you a chance to save a few bucks, learn about the history, and visit the top sites.
The original walking tour for the first time visitor of Sofia. This tour is run by a non-profit organization that loves to spread their love of the city to tourists, locals, and travellers. The Free Sofia Walking tour is Sofia’s top rated walking tour in the city. Check out the main attractions like Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral, Church of St Petka of the Saddlers, and the Banya Bashi Mosque. For 2-hours, walk through the streets of Sofia and learn from locals about the history and culture of Bosnia.
For those who are the hiking type, there’s the Sofia Free Hiking Tour on Vithosha mountain. Start at the Boyana church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and make your way to the beautiful Boyana lake and waterfall. Witness the panoramic view of the city from the best spot in town, and hear about stories from your local tour guide. The duration of the hike is 5-hours.
The same tour group also offers two Free Biking Tours. This is a good chance to see the city of Sofia and get some exercise at the same time!
All that hiking will likely open up an appetite that can only be satisfied by delicious Balkan Treats. Balkan Bites offers a Free Food Tour of Sofia, where you can experience the city from a gastronomical standpoint. Visit family-owned restaurants, sample authentic food, try free samples, and immerse yourself in Sofia's culinary culture.