This list contains of three of the cult places that Sofia residents go to. These free activities for travelers are very popular among the locals especially in sunny weekends when many people enjoy the outdoor activities. Since Bulgaria has all the four seasons, you can basically do them almost whole year round.
HANG OUT AND HAVE A BEER AT THE NATIONAL THEATER IVAN VAZOV Park
The small park in front of the National Theater “Ivan Vazov” is one the most popular tourist spots for photo shooting and one of the most popular meeting spots for locals in Sofia. The real charm of the garden has two faces. During the day is crowded with people. There are two playgrounds for children on the both ends of the park.
The alleys are filled with benches with people and in the middle, exactly at front of the main entrance of the theater is the fountain refreshing the summer air. The building of the National Theater Ivan Vazov is also really beautiful and it's worth it going in.
Usually, during the winters in this park there are "German" kiosks with hot red wine and sausages. It's a perfect place to hang out and have a 2 liter beer plastic bottle from the store(which is also something very unique which we haven't seen in any other country).
Free Sofia Tour
The Free Sofia Tour expects its guests twice a day every day. The best attraction in Sofia according to TripAdvisor users. Approved by Tourist Service Municipal Company at Sofia City Municipality.
The sightseeing tours of Sofia are organized by professional guides from a non-profit organization. Every tour is both fun and educational, the perfect introduction to the city and its thousands of years of history.
The tour includes the following sights:
Sveta Nedelya Church - Theology Faculty of Sofia University - Coat of arms of Sofia - Saint Sophia Statue - Saint Joseph Catholic Cathedral - St Petka of the Saddlers church - Central Department Store - Banya Bashi Mosque - Sofia Synagogue - Central Sofia Market Hall - Mineral Water Springs - Central Public Bathhouse - Council of Ministers - Former Communist Party Headquarters - Ancient Serdica Open Museum - Rotunda of Saint George - National Archaeological Museum - Bulgarian National Bank - National Art Gallery (Former Royal Palace) - Ethnographic Museum (Former Royal Palace) - City Garden - Ivan Vazov National Theatre - Stefan Stambolov Monument - Museum of Natural History - Russian Church and Military Club - Hagya Sophia Church - Synod Palace - St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Sofia University
Go to Vitosha Mountain
Sofia is known as the capital located in closest vicinity to a mountain(Vitosha). Vitosha mountain is 2290 meters high and offers fresh air to the capital’s citizens. To learn more about Vitosha mountain check out our article here.
How to get to Vitosha mountain?
To get from downtown to the first hiking trails, you can use the public transport, but bare in mind that due to the traffic jams it will take you 40 mins to 1 hour. You have a choice of easier and more difficult hiking routes. Whichever route you choose will worth the effort because of the wonderful views to the city and the Sofia Valley. Oh, and do not forget to pick up food for a picnic. The mountain offers magnificent green lawns and shaded resting areas.