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In many ways Sofia is a fantastic place! The Roman ruins are located right in the center of the city, there are extensive green areas everywhere, the locals are friendly and the traditional cuisine is authentic. In addition, Sofia offers all its cultural treasures for tiny European money. What else can a tourist want?
The main airport of the capital of Bulgaria can hardly cope with the increased passenger traffic in recent years. This is a relatively small airport, built in the 30s for the needs of the once rather small town of Sofia. With the development of the city and tourism, there was a need to increase the airport. At first, the possibility of building a new one 70 km from the city was considered. But in the end, local authorities decided to still modernize and expand the existing one.
In 2006, a new terminal and a new runway were opened here. Now the airport is able to receive up to 6.5 million passengers a year.
Directly to Sofia Airport, one of the two metro lines was held in the capital of Bulgaria. This is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the center. The ticket will cost a little less than a dollar. As soon as you validate the ticket in a special terminal, it will be valid for half an hour. And way to the center is only 18 minutes.
Travel by bus will cost the same amount. From the airport there are buses number 84 and number 384. Travel time will be about 40 minutes. Buses travel on different routes, so check in advance which one will take you closer to the hotel.
Bulgaria as a whole is a colorful story of conflicts, steadfastness and perseverance of the people, captured by the Ottoman Empire, then by the socialist regime ... And the capital Sofia tells this story better than others. This is a real energy center and a set of cultural wealth of the country. There are many galleries, museums, parks and night clubs. Sofia has everything for tourism: from historical monuments to modern entertainment.
In the days of communist Bulgaria, in every city, Culture Palaces were built. But when the palace is being built in the capital, it must be impressive and special. Therefore, the giant hexagonal building of the NCP is considered one of the pearls of Soviet architecture. During its construction, more metal structures were used than for the Eiffel Tower. Sophisticated architecture blends perfectly with painting, tapestries and sculptures that adorn the interior of the palace.
By the way, this is the largest conference center in Europe, so interesting events are constantly taking place here: from various exhibitions to concerts.
In Sofia, right in the center of the city, you can breathe fresh air in the peace and quiet of Borisova Gradina Park. It was built in 1884 and named in honor of Tsar Boris III. The park is divided into three parts, each of which was designed by one of the royal gardeners known at the time. In addition to the abundance of green spaces of various types and forms, there is a lake covered with beautiful water lilies. Also in the park there is a 14-story TV tower, from which national television was broadcasting back in 1959.
Bulgarian cuisine is not too loud in comparison with any Spanish or Greek. Nevertheless, it has its own unique dishes. For example, a rather famous Shopska salad. In fact, this is the most common vegetable set, the highlight of which is Bulgarian cheese. Milk fermentation is provided by a special bacterium, which is common only in Bulgaria and makes local cheese unique in its own way.
The most famous Bulgarian soup is tarator. Fresh cucumbers, nuts and greens are cut, mixed and poured with cold yogurt with water. The recipe is somewhat similar to okroshka, only much lighter and more healthy.
Be sure to try the baked banitsa dish in Sofia. Cheese is wrapped in puff pastry as an essential ingredient and some other toppings as desired. All this is rolled up in the form of a snail and baked until tender. And don't go around stuffed peppers. Although it was adopted by many residents of the former Soviet Union, in Sofia they prepare peppers according to the original recipe.
All this can be washed down with traditional rakia — a local version of fruit brandy. Or even just mineral water: in Bulgaria there are about 700 sources of mineral water, so do not forget to improve your health.