WALKING TOUR OF SOFIA
(guaranteed departures every day)
Highlights of the tour: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, The National Gallery for Foreign Art, St. Sofia Church, The Holy Synod, The National Assembly Square with Tsar Osvoboditel monument, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, St. Nikolay Russian Church, the former Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the National Archeological Museum, St. George Rotunda, the Administration of the President.
Walking tour of Sofia
Price per person
The price is per person and includes: transport, professional guiding service in English.
Departure at 10.00 h behind the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Sofia is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, with a population of 1,270,450 (making it the14th largest city in the European Union ), and some 1,380,406 in the metropolitan area, the Capital Municipality. It is located in western Bulgaria, at the foot of the mountain massif Vitosha, and is the administrative, cultural, economic, and educational centre of the country.
One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. Sofia has had several names in the different periods of its existence, and remnants of the city's millenary history can still be seen today alongside modern landmarks.
Sofia's development as a significant settlement owes much to its central position in the Balkans. It is situated in western Bulgaria, at the northern foot of the Vitosha mountain, in the Sofia Valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides. The valley is the largest one in the country with territory of 1,186square kilometres (457.9sqmi) and average altitude of 550metres (1,804ft). Three mountain passes lead to the city, which have been key roads since antiquity, connecting the Adriatic Sea and Central Europe with the Black and Aegean Seas.
A number of low rivers cross the city, including the Vladayska and the Perlovska. The Iskar River in its upper course flows near eastern Sofia. The city is known for its numerous mineral and thermal springs. Artificial and dam lakes were built in the last century.
It is located 150 km (90 miles) northwest of Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, 390 km west of Burgas, 472 km (294 miles) west of Varna, Bulgaria's major port-cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The city is situted at less than 200kilometres (124mi) from the borders with three countries: 55kilometres (34mi) from Kalotina on the Serbian border, 113kilometres (70mi) from Gyueshevo on the frontier with the Republic of Macedonia and 183kilometres (114mi) from the Greek border at Kulata.
Sofia has a moderate continental climate with high temperature amplitudes. The hottest month is August while January is the coldest. The average annual temperature was +10.0°C (50°F) . The city receives around 650millimetres (25.6in) annual precipitation with summer maximum and winter minimum. Sofia generally remains less hot in summer than other parts of Bulgaria, due to the high altitude of the valley its situated in, although temperatures can still reach 40c on occasions.