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Sofia, Bulgaria's cultured capital, was founded 3,000 years ago on a plain ringed by scenic mountains to the north and south. Visitors on holidays to Sofia can explore tree-lined boulevards, balconied Russian- and Viennese-style buildings, and ancient and neo-Byzantine Orthodox churches. Book your travel package to Sofia with Direct Flights.

Sofia, Bulgaria

     

Sofia, Bulgaria's cultured capital, was founded 3,000 years ago on a plain ringed by scenic mountains to the north and south. Its strategic location on ancient trade routes made Sofia an important centre during the Roman Empire and the early Christian period. Later on, the Ottoman Turks coveted the city's location and ended up ruling it for more than 500 years. The result is an interesting melange of cultures, a mixture of Slavic Europe with the Orient.       
       
It's an ancient city, but includes a fair amount of somewhat bleak Stalinist-era architecture. Don't be discouraged, though: Sofia is actively reclaiming its old European elegance and identity. Its side streets and commercial quarter tell a rich story of tree-lined boulevards, balconied Russian- and Viennese-style buildings, and ancient and neo-Byzantine Orthodox churches. And Sofia has a colourful street life that includes pavement cafes, huge bazaars, gypsies selling flowers and musicians on the streets.       
       
Sofia is attracting more and more visitors since the communist regime ended, but it's really just beginning to be discovered. You can enjoy discount travel to Sofia before it gets too crowded: contact the travel specialists at Direct Flights to book cheap flights to Sofia or one of the Sofia travel packages that Direct Flights will find for you.        
       
Sofia is no longer a drab Eastern Bloc city, and visitors on cheap holidays to Sofia will more than likely be pleasantly surprised by what they find. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral is a neo-Byzantine church topped by beautiful copper and gold domes. One of Sofia's most famous monuments, it houses a museum displaying icons from the 9th to the 19th centuries. The Church of St. Sofia is an early Byzantine church from the fifth century standing next to the cathedral. Its minarets, highly unusual for a Christian church, were added when St. Sofia was converted to a mosque under Ottoman rule. St. Nicholas Church, built by Russian workers before World War I, is possibly Sofia's prettiest. Green majolica tiles cover its roof, from which five golden onion domes rise.       
       
Housed in the 15th-century Buyuk Mosque, Sofia's National Archaeological Museum showcases ancient Thracian, Greek and Roman artefacts. Amongst its offerings is a valuable collection of solid gold vessels, most likely used during Thracian religious rites. Hagglers on holidays to Sofia will enjoy the daily antique market, where items ranging from old daggers to silver jewellery to religious icons are up for sale.        
       
Accommodation in Sofia can also be used as a base to explore nearby sights such as the beautifully decorated Rila Monastery. The first Christian monastery in Bulgaria, Rila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's more than 1,000 years old, a cultural treasure that should be witnessed during anyone's discount travel to Sofia. Direct Flights can set up all your discount travel arrangements, including accommodation in Sofia, whether you'll be flying out of Germany, Australia, the United States or anywhere else in the world.       
       
Cheap holidays to Sofia are becoming popular, but Direct Flights can book you into one of the low-cost Sofia travel packages that are available online. Direct Flight International’s travel search engine finds available flights to Sofia, displays your options and then books your selection. Direct Flights can even book your accommodation in Sofia if you wish. With Direct Flights, making your low-cost travel arrangements, you'll be done in a snap.
       
       
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