24 Hours in Sofia
Written by Shary Lyssy Marshall
A historical gem at the junction of Asia and Europe, Sofia has the creative energy of an up-and-coming destination city. Signs of ancient Rome and Thrace are on display alongside influences from the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, as well as the 50-year period of communist rule.
Local galleries, museums, and cafés pepper the city with unique art, pottery, and cuisine. Visitors will enjoy sampling and shopping their way across this unique and vibrant city.
Sofia’s metro system is new, affordable, and easy to navigate. Its two lines link most areas of the city and crisscross through the heart of the historical area.
Much of the downtown is accessible and best explored on foot. There’s even a yellow brick road, installed by Bulgaria’s last monarchy, that connects much of the historical centre.
Hiring a car is a good option if you want to explore nearby Mt Vitosha or take in dinner outside of the city centre. But taxi services are also inexpensive and reliable; a 15-minute ride should cost around US$6.50.