Did you know that Sofia is one of the 10 best places in the world to found a startup? Not bad for a city that's had residents of one kind or another for the last 7000 years.
And there's a lot more to Sofia than that. A city that mixes contemporary and medieval culture so effortlessly has plenty to offer: so we asked Maria Angelova, a Sofia resident for the last 10 years, for her travel tips.
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St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
This gold-domed cathedral (pictured above) is one of the symbols of Sofia and there's a good reason for it: its silhouette stands out spectacularly out against the blue sky.
The park in front of the National Theater
A favorite gathering spot for young and old alike. During the day, elderly men play chess under the shade of the trees, while the young folk take over the park for picnics in the evenings.
The catacombs of St Sofia Church
Under this unassuming church, you'll find a labyrinth of tunnels and corridors with ancient tombs.
The hipster heart of the city, full to the brim with artisanal ice cream and craft beer. Take a stroll and discover bakeries, bars, art shops, indie bookshops and more.
Borisova Gradina Park
The biggest park in Sofia has something for everyone: an open-air stage, children playgrounds, a lily pond, huge green areas for picnics and shady hideouts for the hot days.