Why You Should Visit Sofia
Sofia is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities said to be close to 10,000 years old and has been through a tumultuous history which is evident in its many historic landmarks and heritage sites. As the capital of Bulgaria, visitors to the city can enjoy many of the country’s finest museums, art galleries and cultural establishments like the Ivan Vazov National Theatre and the National Palace of Culture. There are some truly stunning architectural works located around Sofia, one of the most memorable being the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its golden dome. Sofia offers a lot for modern visitors with its many events and festivals happening all through the year, while the city also boasts some of Bulgaria’s finest shopping malls and restaurants.
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Arriving In Sofia
Sofia Airport is the busiest airport in Bulgaria located roughly 10 km outside of the capital Sofia. The airport itself consists of two passenger terminals and offers an excellent range of shops, cafés and eateries to keep travelers happy. When you have arrived at the airport you can get into the city by public transport with public buses and metro trains available alongside taxis.
If you are looking to catch flights from the UAE to Sofia you will be able to travel out some of Dubai, with services available from playful of Dubai’s primary airports. Flydubai provides flights out of Dubai International Airport, while you can also travel out of Al Maktoum International Airport with Wizz Air.
Sofia Travel Information
Although Bulgaria is not officially a part of the Schengen Area it abides by the same visa laws, so UAE nationals are able to enter the country on a visa free basis for up to 90 days. In Sofia the weather gets very cold during the winter with plenty of snowfall between December and February, although it warms up with the onset of summer with average highs of up to 27 degrees during July and August. Bulgaria’s capital has an extensive public transport network consisting of a subway, buses, trams and trolleys, while there are also a number of leading car rental agencies available at Sofia Airport.
* This information is correct as of October 2017
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