Mount Vitosha, the oldest national park in the Balkan Range, has come to symbolise Sofia. Accessible by public transport, taxi or car, it is a year-round destination with 10 peaks to explore. During summer, it’s an ideal spot for picnics, hiking or trekking, and in winter, it is popular among skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.
Sofia also has plenty of urban green spaces, including the Borrisova Garden, which offers family-friendly activities such as boat-riding on Lake Ariana. If you’ve had enough walking, then sit down and have a cup of coffee. The city has a thriving café culture and many of the local establishments have homey vibes and outdoor seating areas optimised for people-watching.
When you travel to Sofia, a free, sightseeing walking tour, with an English-speaking guide, is one of the best ways to see the city's sights. You can also hop on a bike tour to visit some of the surrounding countryside.