Sofia Court House, Bulgaria © Foxj
Located in the Sofia Valley, Bulgaria's capital city
lies at the foot of Mount Vitosha, and is the country's cultural,
political, and economic centre. Founded over 7,000 years ago around
numerous mineral springs, which still operate today, Sofia's
fortunes have flourished and declined along with the various
civilisations who've made it home.
It's one of Europe's oldest settlements, with
numerous, cultural, historical, and archaeological monuments from
its rich Thracian, Byzantine, Roman, Slav, and Turkish history
remaining among its contemporary edifices. The blend of old and new
lends a charming quality to the capital.
Sofia has a laid-back atmosphere, despite its modern,
cosmopolitan nature. Mount Vitosha offers myriad recreational
opportunities on the city's doorstep, adding to the relaxed mood.
Like any distinguished European capital, Sofia also has a wealth of
museums and galleries, and boasts plenty of cultural