Tourist sites in Sofia, Bulgaria and the central mineral baths
Central Mineral Baths
The central mineral baths of Sofia
The history of the central baths dates back to 1913 AD, and was used until the mid-1980s. The central mineral baths are an important tourist site in Sofia, Bulgaria, which is a must-visit even though it no longer functions as a public spa as it once did.
The most photographed building in Sofia, these baths were constructed in the neo-Byzantine style, with a large dome behind an impressive vestibule. It has been converted into the Regional History Museum, where you can learn all about the history of Sofia. You can visit the garden located right in front of the central mineral baths, and the fountain in the center fed by hot natural mineral water. It is worth noting that the venue is now used as a temporary exhibition hall.
Banya Bashi Mosque
Banya Bashi Mosque Sofia, Bulgaria
Banya Bashi Mosque is the only Ottoman mosque still standing in Sofia today. The Banya Bashi Mosque was designed by the Ottoman architect Sinan, who is considered one of the best architects in history. It is one of the best tourist attractions in Sofia, Bulgaria.
You can enjoy exploring the mosque’s very impressive interiors. It is worth noting that the mosque accommodates about 700 worshipers. You can also see the tiles, which are an excellent example of Islamic art. And if you are not dressed appropriately, blankets are provided at the entrance, which is a free place for visitors.
Boyana waterfall, Bulgaria
Boyana Falls is one of the most amazing places that we advise you to visit during tourism in Sofia, Bulgaria. This is where it is considered the most beautiful and largest in Mount Vitosha, and it is the perfect place to escape from the noise and atmosphere of the bustling city, and get a little peace and relaxation in the lap of pristine nature.
You cannot reach the waterfall by car, as it takes a long walk of about an hour and a half or two hours to get there. However, getting there is an adventure in itself, during which you can enjoy watching the surrounding landscapes, climbing the mountain and cliffs, and taking a lot of beautiful photographs.
Take free walking tours
Free walking tours in Sofia
Tourism in Sofia, Bulgaria is only complete by participating in free walking tours, especially on your first day. There is probably no easier and cheaper way to get an overview of a new city than with an exploratory walking tour.
Most of the walking tours take about two hours and cover the most important sights to visit and which ones to skip so you will get an overview of the things to do during your holiday in Sofia.
Vitosha Street is the most prestigious street in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is one of the city’s most important tourist attractions. It is a pedestrian street, which helps reduce traffic congestion in the Bulgarian capital. It contains all the luxury boutiques and international fashion houses.
Even if you are not interested in shopping, you should stop at Vitosha Boulevard, to enjoy those attractive views of Vitosha Mountain covered in snow dust most of the year. It is surrounded by high-rise buildings, as well as cafes and restaurants along the street, with outdoor seating. There are also many shops to buy the most beautiful distinctive souvenirs, the most famous of which is the world-famous Bulgarian rose water.
The artificial lake “Pancharevo”
The artificial lake of Pancharevo in Bulgaria
One of the best places to visit is the artificial lake Pancharevo, which you can visit in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It is the perfect haven for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, and various water sports. This is because Sofia is relatively far from the sea.
You can also stroll down the boardwalk along the lake, and get beautiful panoramic views of the lake. In addition to seeing some medieval ruins such as the castle, you can also visit the village and enjoy the refreshing rural atmosphere.
Ivan Vazov National Theater
Built in 1909, Ivan Vazov National Theater is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is the oldest theater which is a neoclassical building representing Bulgarian culture.
The theater allows tourists to admire the impressive architecture of this beautiful building, as well as take a stroll in the park next to the theater. In addition to the possibility of attending many concerts and singing, and performances of various traditional and international plays.