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    At the foot of Vitosha mountain we find one of the most ancient cities in Europe, whose history stretches over seven millenniums.

    Although still in economic and social transformation, the capital of Bulgaria is becoming a large, modern and youthful city. Sofia is a friendly city, and it has plenty of sites to visit. Its history is rich and it’s still very present in the city – archaeological sites from the time before Christ, Ottoman mosques from the great Ottoman Empire, and neo-Stalinist architecture from the Communist period. Home to many of Bulgaria’s finest galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues, Sofia is a great city for a backpacking adventure.

    This city may persuade you to explore it around. And at that moment, Farol Sofia will be there for you.

    Sveta Sofia Statue

    On the spot where once stood the statue of Lenin, it’s the statue of Saint Sofia, the city’s patron saint. It marks the transition to the modernity, and her owl symbolizes wisdom (‘Sofia’ in Greek).

    National Art Gallery

    In the former royal palace there’s one of the most important collections of Bulgarian paintings. It exhibits many styles of art and renowned national artists. A place every art enthusiastic will love.

    St. Petka of the Saddlers

    Landmark of Sofia built in the 14th century under the Ottoman occupation, with mural paintings from the 14th to the 19th century. It’s said that the Bulgarian hero Vasil Levski is buried there.

    Communist Party House

    The building where today are the Government offices was the seat of the Bulgarian Communist Party. A showpiece of socialist classicism and landmark to visit to know more about national history.

    Chevermeto

    One of the oldest folk restaurants in the heart of Sofia. The food respects Bulgarian oldest recipes, serving a variety of salads, stews and grilled meat. There are folk dance shows every evening.

    Vodenitzata

    A real experience of Bulgarian cuisine and entertainment. Built out of wood and stone, the best traditional dishes are served by staff dressed in national dresses, along with live Bulgarian folklore.

    Checkpoint Charly

    Located in the city centre, Checkpoint Charly is where the dishes combine tradition with a modern twist. It has a comfy decoration and jazz evenings every Friday. A good place to come with friends.

    Thirsty Dragon Inn

    Home to a female dragon, it serves Bulgarian cuisine and beer in a local pub atmosphere. After a day walking, nothing better than waiting authentic homemade food in a beer garden for cheap prices.

    Mineral spring waters

    Sofia is a good city for those who wish to have a relaxing thermal bath. On top of that, the city has mineral water sources available for free. Its springs are under the ground and are unpolluted.

    Ancient Serdica

    Ruins of Serdica, a town settled about four millenniums ago until the middle of the 1st century, can be found all over the city, being the most famous one an amphitheatre. Don’t forget to visit them.

    Martenitsa

    Every March 1st Bulgarians celebrate the approach of spring. They buy ‘martenitsi’, red and white dolls, and offer them to their loved ones. Read and white mean mercy and hope for a better weather.

    Shopska salad

    In Sofia, popular cuisine may not mean a heavy or meat dish. Shopska salad is famous amongst the locals, and it consists on a salad with tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion and cheese. Worth the try.