Located in the Sofia Valley, the capital city of Bulgaria lies
at the foot of the Vitosha and Lyulin Mountains, and is the centre
of the country's political, business and cultural life.
Founded over 7,000 years ago around numerous hot and cold
mineral springs, which are still available today, Sofia has
flourished and declined around a variety of civilisations. It is
one of the oldest settlements in Europe and numerous
archaeological, cultural and historical monuments from its rich
Thracian, Byzantine, Roman, Slav and Turkish history have been
preserved among the modern edifices, the blend of the new and the
old lending a charming quality to the capital.
Despite its modern, cosmopolitan nature, Sofia has a laid back
atmosphere and the proximity of Mount Vitosha, offering a myriad of
recreational opportunities on the city's doorstep, adds to the
relaxed feel of the city. Like any capital city, Sofia also has a
wealth of museums and galleries, and boasts plenty of cultural