Sofia is the biggest city and capital of Bulgaria. It is the major administrative, industrial, transport, cultural and educational centre of the country. Sofia is a lively and vibrant city, but pleasantly surprising its visitors with the cozy atmosphere, unexpected for a megalopolis. Protected by three mountains, Sofia Kettle enjoys a pleasant temperate continental climate despite its altitude of 550 metres. With its seven thousand-year history, the city is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe, and its numerous historical and architectural monuments harbour the wise messages of centennial cultural experience. Since ancient times the town and its surroundings have been famous for the abundance of hot and cold mineral springs, which still continue to gush into the centre of modern Sofia, accessible to all, and attracting Sofia citizens and the guests of the capital with their numerous healing qualities.
In Sofia it is impossible to be bored. The plenty of antiques in the city are nicely combined with many modern concert halls, opera, major national museums, art galleries, theatres, clubs, discos, jazz and underground locales, offering exciting experiences for all tastes and preferences. The dynamic development of the city in recent years has provided many amenities for business trips, congress tourism, business meetings and trade shows. Sofia is an excellent place for culinary and wine-tasting tourism.
Many modern cafes, bars, bistros and restaurants of varied designs offer an impressive menu list, in which any of the gourmet specialties of the modern culinary world is hardly absent. Sofia also provides excellent conditions for sport – several stadia and well equipped gyms, outdoor tennis courts, golf courses and facilities for horseback riding, spa pools. And only twenty minutes from downtown, in the great Vitosha Nature Park one can even ski at night, and since this is the capital of the country, the transport here is highly developed – the few highways, starting from here, can easily guide you to any point of the country, no matter if you are headed to Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Pleven or Ruse, and in case you prefer the aircraft transportation, Sofia airport complies with the highest europian criteria, doing charter, inner and international flights.