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5 places close to Sofia to visit this weekend

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Bulgaria is reach of amazing unspoiled destinations and there are plenty places close to Sofia awaiting to be discovered. If you are in Bulgaria for short break and your time is limited then you may be interested in some of destinations below.

Kremikovtsi Monastery – A touch to Bulgarian history and great walk through the forest

Kremikovtsi Monastery is located in only 20 km from Sofia close to the village Kremikovtsi. You can catch the bus to Kremikovtsi and then just to walk to there, as it is situated outside the village on nice hill. The monastery is from the 14th century. There is also an old church keeping its painting for centuries. It is open for visitors and there isn’t any entrance fee. The monastery has it’s own farm. The monarchs are growing some vegetable and sale their own products. You should try it, you will be amazed. From the top where the monastery is build you will see a wonderful panorama over Sofia. For more beautiful views, fields with horses and cows you can go to hut Strelets which is in two hours hike from the monastery. Go and see.

Pancharevo – Fresh air and stillness with lake views

Pancharevo is a district of Sofia, located at the foot of Lozenska and Plana mountains. It is famous with its lake and water activities such as kayaking, fishing, boating, sun bathing. If you are wondering where to spend a lazy day with family or friends, then Pancharevo is a great choice. You can reach it by bus number 1 or 3 which is departuring from Geo Milev station. In Pancharevo you can walk and enjoy the beautiful nature, far away from the noise of the big city. There are many alleys around the lake, so you can go there for a calm 1-2 hours walk with great views to the lake. There isn’t a lot of places for picnic on the shore of the lake, but there are enough in the surrounding area. There is also a mineral pool close to the lake.

Malyovitsa – The place all mountain lovers should visit

Beauty, tranquility and fresh air – this is how Malyovitsa can be described. Going to Malyovitsa offers a bit of activities to the mountain enthusiast. A beautiful scenery, diversing terrain and the fresh mountain air giving you the reward of being there. You can go to climb the peak or just walk to the hut for a lunch surrounded by mountain hills. All worth it. During the winter there are also conditions for skiing.

Malyovitsa is located in 60 km from Sofia and is suitable for one day trip from Sofia, but I would recommend to stay there at least two days. You will understand why if you try it 🙂 It can be reached by bus and there are many accommodation options with prices range from 15 to 20 BGN. See here how to reach Malyovitsa by bus.

Vazov’s eco path – A great hike close to Sofia

Vazova eco path is a great place to spend a day far away from the big city. Located just in 50? Km from Sofia and easy reachable by train it is a destination you should go. Just in hour trip with a train you will be there to enjoy the breath taking views, mountain air and amazing scenery around you. This round route is around 3 hours and there is also a bonus for all decided to go there – an amazing waterfall Skaklya. Check here detailed info how to reach the trail.

Beli Iskar eco trail – Lazy Sunday walk into the forest

If you are searching for easy hike into the forest – then this is your place. The length of the trail is around 3 hours, but you can decide how far you wish to go as the road back is close and you can always return there. The trail is easy even for small children. Many places for picnic and rest are built among the wind of the Beli Iskar river. Incredible views to the nature and amazing pine forest with the freshest air you have ever breath – all this is waiting there all year round. Beli Iskar ecopath is reachable by car.

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Ecopath “Looking at nine mountains”- Sofia Region

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A panoramic view to surrounding hillsThe ‘Looking at nine mountains’ path was in my plan for long but I knew that I have to wait for a ‘special weather condition day’. I had read that it may be hot to climb (due to expose to the sun and less trees) and it’s not recommended going there during the Summer. The perfect moment came at the beginning of September. It was a sunny autumn day, not so hot and very convenient to climb peaks. That day I realised that you shouldn’t travel hundreds of kilometers to see nice places – there are many of those at a hand distance.

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Best places for Brunch in Sofia

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Traditional Bulgarian citizen will sooner have breakfast at home or buy and eat something on the go. But in recent years there is a new trend – eating outside. Check out some of the best places to have a brunch in Sofia.

CAVA Bar & Dinner

Cava Bar & Dinner is one of those places you’re rediscovering with surprise. I have been crossed the street several times until that moment I decided to take a peep into. The place is tastefully decorated, with several detached corners and great French windows that make you feel like you are having breakfast in the yard. All happening under the accompaniment of a light jazz for a great start of the weekend. Apart from breakfasts, the place is offering plenty of interesting dishes.

Prices for breakfast vary from 8 to 12 BGN. Totally recommended!

CAVA is located at ul. “Petar Parchevich” 52, Sofia

Brick Cafe & Bar

Next proposal for brunch in Sofia is Bricks Cafe & Bar. The place is not situated in the center but still in communicative place – close to Joliot Curie Metro Station. We can surely say that the breakfast there takes us to America (although never been there). From the morning the place is starting to fill with foreigners and this additionally creates a sense of being somewhere abroad. The menu includes 6-7 kinds of breakfast, including traditional English & American breakfast. Interesting is also the story behind the place – an American who moved to Bulgaria more than 10 years ago. You can read it on site. If you are searching for tasty brunch in Sofia then for sure you should try this one.

Brunch time: from 11AM till 18 PM Saturday/Sunday

Price range: 10-12 BGN

Bricks Cafe & Bar is located at ul. “Konstantin Shtarkelov” 119, Iztok, Sofia

Rainbow Factory

Rainbow factory is my favourite place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It offers amazing homemade cakes, coffe and lemonade.
The brunch is one of the best in the city. Here you can try different Bulgarian types of breakfast! Starting from tasty banitsa through scrumbled eggs with babek(bulgarian style salami) and traditional Bulgarian mekitsi with jam.
There is also a lunch menu during the week days. The quality of the food is just WOW and the place is cosy and warm. The selection of coffee is also one of the best in the city.
You may need to wait few minutes to grab a table, as it has many other fans hungry for that marvelous brunch during the weekend.
What to say more..Totally recommended place!

HleBar

HleBar is the place holding the urban spirit, located in one not so known but very cosy street – Oborishte. It is a bakery with amazing food and drinks.
Probably the best scrambbled eggs in the town are served there. Apart from brunch they are also offering lunch menu during the week, variety of locally produced bread and modern interpretation of traditional Bulgarian banitsa. A must visit for everyone who is searching for delicious healthy food.

Brunch time: from 10AM till 12 АМ Every day

Price range: 6-10 BGN

HleBar is located at Oborishte Str. 16

Sputnik

As you can see from the name – Sputnik is a bar with cocktails, but is also offering food. Those which catch our eye is the interior design. The other think we like is its location nearby the park and the view outside. The food for breakfast is simple and the coffee is good. They are also offering many coctails.

A must stop in Sofia, even not for breakfast.

Brunch time: from 10AM till 12 АМ Every day

Price range: 5-8 BGN

Sputnik is located at 17, Yanko Sakazov blvd.

 

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Malyovitsa – the Alpine beauty of Rila mountain

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Malyovitsa peak in Rila mountainMalyovitsa is the perfect destination if you are searching for weekend or 1 day trip close to Sofia.

Its proximity to Sofia attracts many mountain lovers all year round. Malyovitsa is the name of a certain area situated in the north western part of Rila at 1700 m above sea level. There is also a ski resort with the same name located there. In addition to the skiing the area provides many other activities such as trekking and climbing and is also starting point for many hiking routes in Rila.

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Beli Iskar Eco Trail – a pleasant walk in the woods

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Beli Iskar ecotrail - wooden bridgesBeli Iskar Eco trail is like a stroll in the park – easy, relaxed and refreshing walk. It is suitable for one day trip from Sofia for people who don’t like or can’t do hikes, but still want to enjoy the forest.

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