Less Than Two Hours From the Center of Sofia

Welcome to the Tourist Blog SofiaSpots, which presents the secret places and local recommendations on what to see and visit when you are based in Sofia. We have prepared interesting topics, breathtaking places and tips that will help you during your stay in Bulgaria!

You are in Bulgaria for a short time and you want to see as many of its wonderful places and treasures as possible! We will present you 3 detours, less than 2 hours from the center of Sofia! We assure you that each place will leave a lasting impression in your heart with all its diversity, history and its own charm.

You will thank us later!

Plovdiv City

Distance: 145 km / 2h. by car / 190288.71391076117 steps.

Plovdiv has always been a fabulous destination for which you do not need a plan, but only a desire to escape from the routine and indulge in the moment. Philippopolis walks us through the centuries, the energy of ancient history resonates with the modern and artistic vibe of the city and magic JUST happens.

You must visit:

  • The Ancient theatre of Philippopolis

The Ancient theatre of Philipoppol is one of the best-preserved ancient theatres in the World.  Nowadays, the Ancient theatre is symbolical for Plovdiv and adjusted to the city’s modern cultural life. It is operating as a stage of opera, music and drama. As an attraction for every tourist, during the summer season it enjoys a huge attendance.
During the season, many concerts of local singers are organized, as well as theatrical performances outside.

  • Ancient Roman Stadium Plovdiv

The Stadium of Philippopolis was the ancient Roman stadium of Philippopolis (modern Plovdiv), built in the 2nd century AD, during the Roman imperial period. It is among the largest and best preserved buildings from the time of the Roman Empire in the Balkan peninsula. Every corner of Plovdiv hides its hidden magic. A city full of history!

  • Singing fountains Plovdiv

Singing fountains Plovdiv are not only a place for solitude and coolness, but also a place fulfilled of inspiration. In the summer, they start their music program at 9.30 pm, which you can enjoy! Lights. Music. Good mood.

  • Kapana District

If you want to immerse yourself in the liveliest area in Plovdiv, head to the Kapana creative district. We can synthesize for you what it is, but we are sure that you will find something new for you and yourself!

A quarter of free creativity. A combination of authors, craftsmen and artists with non-standard ideas and projects.Lots of “aylak”. Kapana is a pulse, an emotion, a provocation..  Everyone you meet will smile broadly. Restaurants that choose and support Bulgarian production and offer dishes with   their own style. EXACTLY LIKE US! 

  • Alyosha Monument

Alyosha (an affectionate diminutive of Aleksey) is an 11-metre tall reinforced concrete statue of a Soviet soldier on Bunarjik Hill in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. You can walk to it as you start from the City garden in about 20 minutes,

The view from the top is worth it. Especially shared with loved ones.

  • At least one of the emblematic ‘tepe’-s.  Together with Alyosha.
  • Ethnographic museum of Plovdiv

Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic museum is the second largest specialized museum of this   type in Bulgaria. It is an acknowledged scientific-educational institution and an attractive center for cultural tourism. An incredible architectural treasure in the Old Town Plovdiv.

  • Hindliyan House

    Hindlian House is a house-museum on the territory of the Architectural and Historical “Old Plovdiv”.It was built in 1848 by Stepan Hindlian as a dowry of his daughter, married to the Armenian merchant from Chisinau Artin GidikovIt has the only preserved bathroom with running hot and cold water.Today the house is used as a museum and cultural center for exhibitions. Impressive from every angle.

Rila Monastery

Distance: 117.7 km / 1h and 50 min by car / 154461.94225721786 steps.

The Rila Monastery is one of sacred places, which even once seen remain forever in our minds. The Rila Monastery is not only the history of one building, it preserves the history of an entire nation.

Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. The Rila Monastery was declared a national historical monument in 1976, and in 1983 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

You can spend a night at the monastery. An easier option is to make a reservation at hotel Tsarev Vrah which is owned by the Rila Monastery.The prices are reasonable and it is located just next to the monastery. It is preferred by tourists who love new exciting experiences!

Believe us…the atmosphere and its spirit – can’t be retold in words!

Koprivshtitsa – the Revival town!

Distance: 108 km / 1h. 141732.28346456692 steps.

The place where history is kept and where it is worth returning from time to time. And according to a local joke, also the place where the summer lasts only three days – if you get drunk, you can miss it.

Koprivshtitsa is one of the few Bulgarian cities that has preserved its authentic appearance since before the Liberation.

We recommend every tourist to stop first at the Tourist Center  and ask for a tour ticket to all major museums in the city. It is possible to visit them for a day if you are a curious traveler.

What can you see?

  • House Museum of Lyuben Karavelov
  • Dimcho Debelyanov House Museum – the home of a famous poet who gave his life for Bulgaria during the First World War.
  • Todor Kableshkov House Museum – the home of a famous revolutionary and author of the Bloody Letter.
  • House Museum of Georgi Benkovski – one of the main organizers of the April Uprising.
  • The ‘’charshiya’’ (bazaar) – the place where you can see the crafts of the past.

We (@Restaurant MOMA – 28 Solunska Str.) expect you to share the emotion and energy that each of the shared places has left in you!

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