Meet Bulgaria – a small but charming European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. It is always an underrated destination but if you want to experience a country full of history, breathtaking beaches, high and beautiful mountains, stunning cultural attractions, including 9 UNESCO sites, and keep most of your money in the pocket, this is your place. The capital – Sofia, is the best place to start.
Bulgaria is also probably the cheapest country in Europe so you have to take advantage of that. In addition, there are plenty of free opportunities to experience Sofia. Check out the top 5 free things to do and see in the city:
5. Enjoy a free walking or food tour
Sofia has a lot to offer to its guests. If you are here for just a day or you want to get a quick walk in Downtown Sofia the best thing to do that is to join the Free Sofia Tour.
The guys will show you around and tell you the basic info you need to know about the city. Another free tour is the food tour – Balkan Bites. It provides travelers with just a glimpse of Bulgaria’s traditional food but it’s all you need to fall in love with Bulgarian and Balkan cuisine.
4. Get a nice walk in South Park or Borisova Garden
It is always nice to get away from the city buzz and find a calm and interesting place to walk.
The two big parks in Sofia – Borisova Garden and South Park, are just perfect for that! Sit on a bench, glaze people, buy ice cream or corn and enjoy your time in one of the oldest cities in Europe.
3. A walk in the heart of Sofia – Vitosha Boulevard
Starting from the National Palace of Culture and all the way to St. Nedelya Church Vitosha Boulevard offers all kind of entertainment and walking on it is one of the best free things to do in Sofia. There is something for every taste.
The pedestrian boulevard is full of cafes, boutiques, art shops and others. Even just sitting on a bench, watching people and enjoying a sunny day is pretty rewarding.
2. Change of the guards
Changing of the guards is always a must-see in almost every country you visit. In Bulgaria the main entrance of the Presidency is guarded by soldiers. They are dressed in red and white parade uniforms. The soldiers change every hour throughout the day from 8 am to 8 pm.
After the ceremony don’t hurry to get back to your hotel! There is a hidden treasure “inside” the Presidency.
On the left side of the guards you’ll see a wide gate leading inside the building’s courtyard. There you will find Sofia’s oldest surviving building – the Rotunda of St. George. It is built by the Romans in the 4th century A.D.
1. St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the heart of Sofia is probably the most impressive building in the city. It’s an Orthodox cathedral, one of the largest in the world as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and primary tourist attractions. It is also the second-largest cathedral located on the Balkan Peninsula and can hold 10,000 people.
On the inside it is just as impressive as from the outside. If you are looking for free things to do in Bulgaria remember that every church, cathedral and monastery is free to enter.
This is a guest post from Maria from Travelling Buzz. Maria is a travel blogger from Bulgaria who is trying to combine full time job with travelling as many places as she can. From Paris, throughout Istanbul, to London she is going to prove you it is possible to keep the 9-5 job and travel at the same time. Read more about her adventures here!