So my third and final day of Sofia was dedicated to visiting the beautiful sites of Sofia. I got a map of Sofia from Hostel Mostel and I had actually stumbled across some of the “must-see” places just by chance. I decided that my last day I will spent trekking around Sofia, like what I did on my last day in Rome.
After my trip to Rila Mountain and Monastery, I grabbed my bags from Hostel Mostel, said goodbye to my new friends and started my trek to Hotel Favorit. Its actually quite funny, because I was talking to a gentlemen I met on my trip and then we realised I had been walking 10 minutes in the wrong direction Lool. Once I checked in to my hotel room, which was incredible might I add – I went for a little wonder in the local area and went to grab a bite to eat. After such a long day I decided that I would have a really chilled evening at the hotel and I was in by about 8/9pm. I treated myself to a cheeky chicken-kebab thingy, it twas so gooood! I also came across an indoor market called Central Hally Store and picked up some yummy desserts. One was great, it was a Bulgarian biscuit cake; the other was not so great, it was Tiramisu which I guess I should have waited to eat in Italy LOL. I caught up with emails, scheduled tweets and watched a couple TV series before falling asleep. I also had the best shower EVER! No seriously, it was amazing! .
After an incredible nights sleep, I was read to start my day. Hotel Favorit included breakfast in the cost of the stay so I made sure to fuel myself up on their delicious breakfast buffet. The first place I stumbled across was Lady’s Market, which is an outside market that sells everything. Food, clothes and traditional Bulgarian pottery. I bought several items from this lovely couple that owned stall/store in Lady’s Market. They were absolutely hilarious, I said that when I return to Sofia ‘I’ll be back’ and they were literally cracking up laughing and kept referencing Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. My adventure started at Lady’s Market and ended at Lady’s Market (yes, I did in fact so back on the same day). After a long day of trekking, I went back to Hotel Favorit to collect my things and then made my way to the airport. What would of been an hour to 2 hour journey ended up being on 30 minutes because the lovely gentleman at Reception in Hotel Favorit told me a much quicker route (thank you!).
Places I visited:
– Lady’s Market (twice) – outdoor market: food, clothes, traditional Bulgarian pottery
– Pivotska Street – pedestrian shopping street
– Central Hally Store – Indoor market stall
– Statue of St Sophia
– Sveta Nedelya Church (St Nedelia Church)
– Sofia Synagogue
– Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral
– St Nicholas Russian Church
– Court of Justice (just from the outside)
– Banya Banshi Mosque
– Vitosha Boulevard
– Book Market
I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Sofia to visit these places. They are all within walking distance from each other, free to visit and a really nice way to learn about the history and culture of Sofia.