Sofia, the capital and largest city in Bulgaria, lies at the base of the Vitosha Massif Mountain, and is one of the oldest capitals in Europe, dating back to the 8th Century BC, and is rightly claimed as the cultural capital of this beautiful country. A Sofia apartment rental is perfect for all types of holiday, as the beauty of the city is combined perfectly with the delightful atmosphere, dramatic scenery and wealth of leisure options.
Walking around the city, there are a huge number of fascinating districts, buildings and monuments to take in. The town centre is neo-classical Stalinist, surrounded by a belt of fascinating yet eerie Socialist housing, which is a real shock if you have not taken a Sofia holiday before. The true beauty of Sofia lies in the old commercial centre, where idyllic tree lined streets, exquisite balconied buildings and beautiful churches provide a beautiful backdrop to the activities of daily life, from those enjoying the open air cafes, folk music and stalls selling the finest local produce.
Sofia is a great holiday destination for family holidays, couples or mixed groups. The family attractions of the huge Sofia Zoo, founded in 1888, and home to over 240 species, Boris Gardens, Sofia Land Amusement Park and the Natural History Museum all kept holiday accommodation in Sofia doing great business.
The proximity of Vitosha makes a holiday rental in Sofia perfect for hiking holidays and skiing holidays in the winter. Vitosha has been declared a national park, and a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, and are a favourite hiking centre for many visitors to Sofia. A large number of trails and trips take place from the Golden Bridges.
Bansko is Bulgaria’s best ski resort, offering both the best facilities and the longest season, running from December until mid May. With new investment, the resort is now home to beautiful, luxury accommodation, including picturesque private chalets and spacious apartments. The huge snowboard park in Bansko attracts snow sports enthusiasts from across Europe.
The oldest and biggest snow sport resort is Borovets, which is ultra-modern and a great place to relax. Alongside the championship standard skiing, Borovets also boasts one of the best biathlon tracks in Europe. Also available are facilities for night-skiing, ski jumping, ski-doo, cross country skiing and snowboarding for all levels of ability.
Sofia has long, warm summers, with average temperatures of over 20°C from May until late September, peaking at around 26°C in August. Winter temperatures are much colder, averaging around 2°C in January, the coldest month, when snow often adorns the city. Spring and autumn are hugely popular times to visit the city, as temperatures are warm not hot.
Sofia International Airport (SOF) has made reaching your holiday apartment in Sofia easy, as it is located just 6km from the city centre. Cheap flights from 14 British airports fly direct to Sofia, provided mainly by British Airways.