Sofia, Bulgaria

We had just 24 hours to explore sunny Sofia!

After an overnight bus to the Bulgarian capital from Istanbul, we arrived at 7.30am, dropped our bags at the hostel for the day, and went off to explore.

Our first stop was the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

It’s one of the largest Cathedrals in the world, built to remember 200,000 Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers who died in the Russo-Turkish war in the 1870s.

The Cathedral is located right next to the St Sofia Church, which is also worth a visit if you have the time!

One thing I’ve noticed which is popular nowadays are free walking tours. They’re popping up all over the world, and I love them.

Their premise is super simple; all you have to do is join the tour (for free), and if you like it, you can leave your tour guide a tip of your choice at the end.

Every city has many different companies and tours on offer.

We chose to do two tours during our time in Sofia.

The first of these was a simple tour of the city, ran by Free Sophia Tours. This tour hits up the most famous sights in Sofia, including the Palace of Justice, statue of Sofia, and Sofia Synagogue.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Balkan Bites; a free food tour of Sofia. On the tour you will visit a handful of restaurants and cafes (we visited 5), where you can sample traditional Balkan foods. And for free! Again, if you like the tour, you can leave a tip for your guide!

And to be honest, that’s all we had time for during our pit stop in Sofia! But I’m so glad we were able to fit it in to our adventure, it is an incredible city with so much history and culture. I’d definitely recommend it!

And if you are in Sofia, here are some handy tips…

Place to Stay?

Hostel 123

This hostel is perfect if you’re after a good night’s sleep away from the party centres. It’s around a 20 minute walk to the centre, which means it’s slightly cheaper than those closer to town.

Feeling hungry?

Visit Skaptoburger! Freshly sourced beef, cooked to perfection, with delicious toppings. You can’t go wrong!

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