We were not sure what to expect from Sophia and very positively surprised by the walk able center, the parks, the museums, the many cafes and above all The National Gallery with its amazing paintings.
One of Sophia’s great attractions is a few kilometers outside the city, Boyana Church. It is Bulgaria’s most revered church with 90 murals that date back to the 13th century. Naturally we made our way out there and it is unique indeed. The long wait to see the inside was annoying though – there were tourist groups waiting who had reservations to enter the tiny church. Only 8 persons are allowed in at a time.
There are not lots of restaurants in the center, so we had to walk a bit to find something nice, especially since some mentioned in the Lonely Planet no longer existed. Scotty’s Boutique Hotel was conveniently located for our walks, most enjoyable was the nearby market hall with its countless food stalls.