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Sofia is The Capital of Bulgaria

Aug 18, 2007
Sofia is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria. The city lies in central Western Bulgaria in a plain of the same name. It is surrounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Lozen Mountain to the southeast, the Vitosha Mountain to the south and the Lyulin Mountain to the southwest.

The city was founded around 7000 years ago in a close proximity to the Vitosha Mountain and has now turned into a real cosmopolitan city.

Yet of all mountains around Sofia, Vitosha is the highest with its top peak, Cherni Vrah, having a height of 2290m and the most popular among city dwellers and visitors alike.

In the winter, many city residents take the 40min ride to enjoy the mountains ski and snowboard tracks while in the summer, Vitosha attracts families for hiking or just a picnic with its well signed paths, nice meadows and pine groves.
The city offers many international events, as well as theatres, operas, concert halls, museums and galleries.

For the comfort lovers there are many luxurious five, four and three stars hotels. For those who want comfort, rest and tranquillity, there are many small private hotels in Sofias surroundings.

As far as shopping is concerned Sofia can satisfy even the most demanding tastes. It has in avail not only glamorous shops with designer clothes, but also small antique shops, private and public galleries, jewellery and music shops and traditional craft studios.

The restaurants are also a delight. Most of them serve European and traditional Bulgarian food, but there are many others, offering all kinds of cuisines. If you want to feel the traditional Bulgarian atmosphere, you should visit a tavern. This is the place, where you will find traditional Bulgarian foods and drinks, combined with folk music and dances.

The night life in Sofia is also something that should be experienced. One can go to various concerts, operas, theatres, jazz and rock clubs and piano bars. There are also excellent discos with special shows in the late hours and casinos in which one can wait for the dawn.

The strategy lists measures for conservation of the capitals natural, cultural and historical landmarks, development of the convention industry and work on Sofias bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. According to the strategy, financing will come from the proceeds from visitor fees, the budgets of the ministries of economy, sports and youth, regional development and public works, and culture and tourism.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Sofia Rental Site
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