Sofia Flights:

Flights to Sofia

image of SofiaSofia is situated in the west of Bulgaria and it’s the country’s capital and largest city. Sofia is a beautiful and ancient city with a great assortment of architecture and landmarks to visit, and is becoming increasingly popular with visitors from around the world.

The Sofia Airport (airport code: SOF) is a major airport, just outside of Sofia and it handles 3 million passengers each year. There are public bus routes, shuttles and taxis for access to and from the city. Most flights to Sofia from South Africa have 1 stop, but Egyptair does have a 2-stop route through Cairo and Istanbul. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both go the same way for flights to Sophia via London. A trip with Air France will take you to Paris, and Turkish Airlines goes through Istanbul.

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The Tourist Attractions of Sofia:

Sofia was founded about 7,000 years ago so it’s well and truly an ancient city. Through the millennia it has been inhabited by many different civilisations and there are still remains of some of those within the city today. Sofia has plenty of beautiful architecture, museums and monuments to discover, and is well known for its high number of churches that cover a multitude of different religious denominations.

Churches in Sofia

The churches of Sofia are definitely one of the main attractions of the city and because they cover so many different denominations you’ll get to see a variety of architectural styles too. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the most striking landmarks in the city because of its size – it is actually one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.

Not far from here is another of the city’s famous churches, the Hagia Sophia Church. This church was built in the 6th century and so has been a prominent part of the city for hundreds of years, so much so that this church gave the city its name.

On a far smaller scale is the Boyana Church, and although small this church is one of Sofia’s major attractions. Built in the 14th century this church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well preserved Christian murals.

Other Landmarks in Sofia

One of the reasons why Sofia grew into a prosperous city was because it was founded on the site of some high quality mineral water springs. The springs have always been popular for health reasons and some of them still exist and attract visitors to Sofia today. The Sofia Public Mineral Baths is now one of the city’s historical landmarks and though it’s no longer open to bathers it’s an impressive building and there are plans to convert it into one of the city’s museums.

Knyaz Battenberg’s Palace, the Battenberg Mausoleum, and the Amphitheatre of Serdica are three other important landmarks in Sofia.

Museums in Sofia

Sofia has numerous museums giving visitors the chance to find out more about the history and culture of Sofia and Bulgaria as a whole. The National Museum of History is one of the most notable as it’s one of the largest in the Balkans region, tackling prehistory right up to the present day. Other national museums include the National Archaeological Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of Military History.

When Should You Visit?:

July and August are the warmest months of the year with an average high of 26C, but the months either side of this also have warm temperatures. June however is usually the wettest month of the year. Winters are not a good time for sightseeing as temperatures are quite cold.

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