Sofia

When you are in Sofia go and see the local attractions; they may give you a brief overview of Bulgarian history and cultureand will bring you some nice memories.
The city is one of the oldest in Europe. It was foundedon the site of a former Neolithic village in VIII BC. Its name comes from the Greek word “Sofia”which means wisdom. The city’s annual celebration is observed on 17 September, in honour of the martyrdom of Saint Sofia and her three daughters Vyara (Faith), Nadezhda (Hope), and Lyubov (Love).
You can see and visit many old buildings, streets, monasteries and artefacts that have been preservedand will tell you the story of the city. But Sofia is not all about ancient and medieval monuments. Today the image of Sofia is changing fast. There are many new attractionsmodern buildings, parks, malls, museums, galleries, universities. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite, and the ski slopes and hiking trails of mighty Mount Vitosha are just a short bus ride from the centre.
As there are hundreds of attractions there is something for everyone to enjoy. Please take a look at the list of local attractions that we have prepared for you.

Aleksander Nevski Cathedral
National Museum of History
Ancient Serdica Complex
Sveta Nedelya Cathedral
National Palace of Culture
Sveta Sofia Church
Sofia City Art Gallery
Sofia Opera and Ballet
Sofia Botanical Garden
Sofia City Art Gallery

Congress venue
Sofia Hotel Balkan is an iconic landmark in the center of Sofia and is ideally located in the heart of the city. Monuments, museums, theaters, cafes, galleries, parks, business and cultural establishments surround the Sheraton Sofia Balkan, which is an oasis of luxury, refinement and impeccable service.
http://www.sofiabalkan.com/
Address: 5, Sveta Nedelya Square, Sofia, Bulgaria

Authentic shopping
Visitors can take home authentic pieces of the country’s spirit – everything from organic rose-oil cosmetics (Bulgaria is the world’s leading producer of rose oil) and Bulgarian raspberry wines to white cheese and spices.

Bulgarian cuisine
Bulgarian cuisinecontains many Oriental elements in it; they now belong to the national kitchenand the  common culinary taste on the Balkan. Any guest of the capital should enjoy the superior Shopp salad [shopska salata]prepared of fresh vegetables and white cheese. This is the most prominent dish of the Sofia region. Other well-know dishes are sofiyska banitsa (a kind of pastry stuffed with cheese or sometimes spinach, onion), tarator, kavarma, mixed grill [meshana skara], stuffed peppers [palneni chushki] andmusaka. In some restaurants the authentic household atmosphere is heightened by a folklore programme, which can provide lasting memories.

Link to videos about Sofia
Back-packer information website about Bulgaria