Beautiful architecture, great value winter sports resorts and ancient archaeological sites await when you book cheap flights to Sofia, Bulgaria with Ryanair. Sofia is a fascinating city with 8,000 years of history behind it and an abundance of attractions to impress even the world weariest of visitors. From the much photographed St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to the glistening ski slopes of nearby Mount Vitosha, there’s plenty to look forward to - book Sofia cheap flights with Ryanair for a trip to remember.
When to book cheap flights to Sofia
Book cheap Sofia flights in July or August and you’ll find temperatures simmering around the 28°C mark during the day. Meanwhile, just before Christmas, Sofia becomes a pretty winter wonderland, filled with the amazing architecture covered in snow. June is usually the month with the highest rainfall but that doesn’t deter visitors from travelling to the Bulgarian capital. If you want to avoid peak season, then you should consider booking cheap flights to Sofia in May or September when the weather is warm but the city is less crowded. You will also get to experience the special event called “Sofia Restaurants Week” when the city celebrates the diversity and quality of its restaurants. For great value deals on hotels and places to stay in Sofia, check out Ryanair Rooms.
What to see in Sofia
One must-see when you fly to Sofia is the Boyana Church. The UNESCO-listed church has been around since the 10th century. Inside this small woodland structure, you’ll find beautiful pre-Renaissance murals. Entry is limited to 15 minutes per group, but trust us, it’s worth every second. Sofia is home to some of the most beautiful churches in Europe and as mentioned above, St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the city’s most popular attractions. St Sophia Basilica is another must see. Take a tour beneath the church and you’ll discover a museum showcasing a whopping 18 centuries of history.
In contrast to its ancient sites, Sofia is also filled with incredible works of street art and you could spend hours just wandering around marvelling at the creativity of the local artists. Sofia’s location, at the foot of Mount Vitosha, makes it the perfect city to visit for winter sports. In spring, Sofia’s parks and gardens come to life - head to City Garden to see the ballerina fountain, listen to musical performances and watch as locals go head-to-head in games of chess.
Sofia is remarkably easy to find your way around. The Bulgarian capital has an extensive public transport service with a metro, buses, trams and a trolley bus in operation in the city. When your Sofia flights arrive at the airport you can take the metro to the city centre, it also links to bus stations and the central train station. The buses, trams and trolleybuses are perfect to explore the city with stops at the main attractions in the city. Prefer your own set of wheels? Search Ryanair car hire for great value deals on car hire in Sofia.
What to eat in Sofia
The local food is rich in eastern influences – you’re certainly in for a treat when you fly to Sofia.
Grilled meat is a favourite with Bulgarians, you should definitely indulge in some Kebapche during your stay. This dish literally translates as “little kebab” and it’s delicious. Tuck into a platter of kofte meatballs and wash it down with some local beer for a real feast. Sirene Po Shopski is another wonderful comfort food. Featuring tomatoes and melted cheese baked in a big clay pot, it’s a veritable hug in a bowl. If you’re looking for something a little bit lighter, try the Shopska Salad which is a fresh tomato, cucumber and red pepper salad topped with crumbled Bulgarian white brine cheese. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on trying Lokum – the rose water flavoured, chewy, sugar coated sweets that you’ll want to bring home with you. For more tips on what to see, do and eat in Sofia, check out Try Somewhere New.