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The Best Day Trips from Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia, is often overlooked by visitors to the country heading to the mountains or the coast, but with its laid-back atmosphere and captivating architecture, Sofia is a perfect destination to explore. The capital city is filled with pleasant parks, art galleries and museums, historic churches and monasteries, restaurants, and clubs you can go to unwind. Sofia is also filled with unique historical sites you can explore and learn about the rich history and culture of the city. While exploring the city, you also have the chance to marvel at the grand Mount Vitosha, visit the mountain lakes, and the treasure trove of Roman ruins dating back around 2000 years and excavated during the construction of a metro. But Bulgaria has more to offer just outside Sofia, and the capital city is just the ideal base for day trips! Here, are the best places to visit on day trips from Sofia.

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Where to Stay in Sofia, Bulgaria

There are a host of places to stay in Sofia, Bulgaria – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, mid-range places to stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, and budget accommodation in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Impresamente Art Hotel, Sofia: The Impresamente Art Hotel is located on Vincent van Gogh Street in Sofia, a great location surrounded by Sofia’s top attractions. This impressionist art-inspired hotel in Sofia features rooms with satellite flat-screen TV, a seating area, a safety deposit box, private bathrooms with shower, slippers, and a hairdryer, a desk. You’ll be able to enjoy a continental breakfast and free WiFi. Sofia’s Impresamente Art Hotel also has a sun terrace and a garden plus, a bar, and table tennis. The Impresamente Art Hotel in Sofia is a fabulous way place to relax in Sofia in stunning surroundings.  See room rates for the Impresamente Art Hotel and availability here.

Rosslyn Central Park Hotel, Sofia: The Rosslyn Central Park in Sofia enjoys an excellent location right at the heart of Sofia. This four-star Sofia accommodation has rooms equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, sound-proofing, a flat-screen TV, blackout curtains, a mini-bar, a private bathroom with a bath/shower and a hairdryer, and an in-room safe. Sofia’s Rosslyn Central Park Hotel also offers a lush dining experience at the 106 Restaurant and a relaxed drinking atmosphere at the Lobby Bar. The Rosslyn Park has outdoor furniture, to truly enjoy the view and, of course, there’s also free WiFi. The Rosslyn Central Park Hotel is a fantastic mid-range Sofia hotel. Read more reviews and room rates and see Rosslyn Central Park Hotel availability here.

Hotel Calipso, Sofia: Sofia’s Hotel Calipso is found in a great location, a short distance from central Sofia. Hotel Calipso’s rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, free toiletries, and air-conditioning. You can also enjoy in-room breakfast, an a la carte meal at their restaurant, and snacks from their snack bar. The Hotel Calipso in Sofia is an ideal hotel for those looking for budget-friendly accommodation in Sofia. Check rates

The Best Day Trips from Sofia

Just outside Sofia, you can immerse yourself in different activities to suit your travel type. Visit, for instance, the impressive Belogradchik Rocks and immerse yourself in the history of Bulgaria, bask in the cool waterfalls, admire the country’s preserved architectural infrastructures, and even go wine tasting! The city of Sofia has a lot to offer, but the country of Bulgaria has more; looking outside of Sofia will expand your trip to Southeastern Europe immensely.

You can self-drive to these places (inside Bulgaria) with a rental car, or take a guided tour and take it easy.

If you need to rent a car in Bulgaria we recommend Discover Cars for car hire.  You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, it’s a perfect choice! Get a price for a rental car in Bulgaria here.

Visit Rila Monastery on a day trip from Sofia

You’ll have to witness the stunning architecture of Rila Monastery to believe it.  Learn about the history of the monastery when you visit Rila Monastery, one of Bulgaria’s nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The monastery is over a thousand years old and is considered one of the most important spiritual centers in Bulgaria. In the monastery, you can go check the main church which is dedicated to the Nativity of the Holy Virgin, museums like the Ecclesiastical and Historical Museum, and the library which houses important manuscripts written between the 11th and 19 centuries, and the chambers housing the monks. You can take a day trip to visit Rila from Sofia – there’s details here.

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Be sure not to miss the famous Rafil’s Cross at the museum. Rafil’s Cross is a wooden crucifix that bears over a hundred carved Bible scenes and over 600 miniature figures. There’s more on what not to miss in our Rila Monastery guide here.

Since the monastery is located within the Rila Monastery Natural Park, you can also take a hike into the Rila Mountains after your visit to the monastery. The most popular trail is the pilgrimage hike which will take you to a cave, which according to legends, Saint Ivan lived in.

To visit Rila Monastery on a day trip from Sofia:

You can combine a visit to Rila Monastery with a wine tasting trip to Bulgaria’s most popular wine tasting area, Melnik in this super one day visit – read more here!

Go Wine Tasting in Melnik

Take a trip back in time by going on a day trip to Bulgaria’s wine capital, Melnik, from Sofia. Melnik sits atop Pirin Mountains and is considered an architectural reserve with almost a hundred buildings considered cultural monuments. However, Melnik is not just a pretty picture, it also offers a wide range of activities despite it being Bulgaria’s smallest town.  It’s about a 2-hour drive from Sofia to Melnik. But who’s going to drive when you’re going wine tasting? Book a wine tasting tour here and be safe!

You can visit the Wine Museum and go wine tasting while also getting insights into the wine-making processes. You can also check out the 18th-century Kordopulov House, the largest museum house in Bulgaria, which showcases a blend of Bulgarian National Revival style with Venetian and Ottoman architecture. While there aren’t many restaurants in Melnik, you can still top up on Bulgarian cuisine through restaurants such as the Mencheva House and the Chvkova House.

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Just a 10-minute drive away from Melnik, you can also check out the Pazhen Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Pirin mountain range which dates back to the medieval ages. You can also take in the exquisite view of the Rozhen Pyramids, another one of the charming formations of Bulgaria.

To visit Melnik on a day trip from Sofia:

  • (If you’re planning on wine tasting we do NOT recommend you drive)
  • There is one bus a day from Sofia to Melnik, however, it doesn’t leave Sofia until 14:00 so it’s not very useful for a day trip! 
  • The best way to visit Melnik on a day trip from Sofia is to take a tour.  You’ll get to explore Melnik, taste local wines, visit the ancient fortress of Alexius Slav and tour the Rozhen Monastery.  Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

View odd rock formations with a day trip to Belogradchik from Sofia

Visit one of Bulgaria’s most popular tourist attractions: the Belogradchik Rocks. The Belogradchik Rocks are known for their magnificent distinctive and strangely-shaped sandstone formations. They take the shape of people, animals, fortresses, and pyramids. Attached to the stone are the myths that people from the past told, while the stones’ names were drawn from what they looked like. Due to the rocks’ majestic structure, with its red contrasting perfectly against the greens of the surrounding forest, the rocks of Belogradchik were nominated as a World New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2007. They are also considered a phenomenon with global significance and they have become the world standard for uniquely charming landscapes, where nature has created original and extraordinary sculptures.

You can book this as a day trip and relax and enjoy someone else driving.

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Between some of the rock formations, the Belogradchik Fortress is found, ready for you to explore. The fortress is known to have existed since Roman times and was constructed between the 1st to 3rd century AD to control the road from the town of Ratsiaria and to protect them. The Belogradchik Fortress was last used as a military installation during the battle between Serbia and Bulgaria; then, in 1965, in the town’s State Gazette, the fortress was declared an architectural and constructional monument.

While in Belogradchik, you can also visit the Magura Cave. Within the cave, rock paintings were preserved, allowing you an immersive experience of the rich history of Belogradchik. 

To visit Belogradchik from Sofia:

  • Go by bus, which takes four hours from Sofia (there is one service a day at 16:30, so you will have to stay overnight in Belogradchik)
  • Rent a car and drive – it’s about 3 hours to Belogradchik from Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • Or take this day trip to Belogradchik Rocks from Sofia – where you’ll get round trip air-conditioned transport, an English speaking guide and entrance tickets. There’s also free cancellation up to 24 hours before your visit. Reserve your date now.

Seven Rila Lakes Hiking Day Out from Sofia

Experience one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful natural attractions and spring destinations at Seven Rila Lakes. Composed of a group of glacial lakes located within the Rila mountains, The Seven Rila Lakes are named after their most prominent shape and qualities: The Tear, The Eye, The Twin, The Kidney Lake, The Lower Lake, Three-leafed Lake, and The Fish Lake.

If you like the sound of this day trip from Sofia to the Rila 7 Lakes, then you’ll love this tour to get there.

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The highest among the seven is Tear Lake, named as such for its crystal-clear water, and sits at 2,535 meters high. The deepest lake, which is 37.5 meters deep, is Eye Lake, characterized by its oval shape and intense blue. Kidney Lake covers a surface area of 85 hectares and steep rocky banks and is characterized by its kidney shape. Twins Lake is shaped with wide ends and then a narrow middle that resembles an hourglass. While some species of fish inhabit the lakes, like minnows and trout, the extremely cold temperature due to the rain and snowmelt makes the lakes generally unsuitable for habitat.

Hiking Rila 7 Lakes is one of the top things to do in Bulgaria – and a superb way to see some of the natural landscapes of Bulgaria.  Approximately 90km from Sofia city, Seven Rila Lakes is also an ideal place to go if you’re up for an adventure.

To visit Rila 7 Lakes on a Day Trip from Sofia:

  • Take the bus from Sofia to Sapareva Banya via a stop in Dupnitsa.  The bus journey in total is about 2.5 hours.
  • Rent a car and drive – it’s about 3 hours to Belogradchik from Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • Take this all-inclusive hiking tour to Rila 7 Lakes, which includes your transport, a 5-hour hike, and the chairlift that takes you up to the lakes. There’s free cancellation up to 24 hours beforehand for maximum flexibility. Book your hiking trip here!

See the Majestic Buzludzha Monument with a day trip from Sofia AKA the UFO!

Witness a now lonely and abandoned monument that was once symbolic sitting on top of the peak of Buzludzha. The Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was made to commemorate the assembly of the socialist movement. Involved in the construction of this monument were some 6,000 people which included soldiers, students, and artisans who had to haul more than 70,000 tons of concrete up the mountain. Inside mosaic artworks decorate the walls of the building. But after the collapse of European communism, the building was abandoned. The interior of the building and monument are closed off to the public to prevent vandalism (and the structure isn’t safe either).

But the drive up here and the views from here are absolutely stunning.  Buzludzha is in the middle of nowhere and is glorious whatever the season.   It has to be seen to be believed!

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To visit Buzludzha on a day trip from Sofia:

  • Rent a car and drive – it’s a three-hour drive to Buzludzha from central Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • To use public transport to get from Sofia to Buzludzha you’ll need to take a bus from Sofia to Shipka.  From there you’ll need to take a taxi for the remaining 12 miles.  The bus takes 3 hours to Shipka, and then it’s about 25 minutes from there to Buzludzha. 
  • Alternatively, combine a visit to Buzludzha with a trip to the Rose Valley.  This full-day trip includes an English speaking guide and your transport.  You can cancel up to 24 hours beforehand for maximum flexibility.  Reserve your preferred date to visit Buzludzha here.

Immerse yourself in history with a day trip to Veliko Tarnovo from Sofia

While this old Bulgarian capital sits the farthest away from the capital city, Veliko Tarnovo is the perfect place to get away from the buzz of city life. Veliko Tarnovo was built on three hills: the Tsaravets, Trapezitsa, and the Sveta Gora and is home to several churches with either medieval or Bulgarian Renaissance architecture.   Our guide on what to do in Veliko Tarnovo if you have longer than a day is here.

The main attraction of this charming city, however, is the Tsaravets Fortress which is surrounded by a winding stone wall. In the fortress, you can also experience the popular activity of Sound and Light audio-visual shows. The fortress is also considered the most important and powerful stronghold of the 2nd Bulgarian Empire. You can also visit what the city considers the most significant churches of Veliko Tarnovo: the Holy Forty Martyrs Church, the Church of Demetrius of Thessaloniki, and the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God.

Like the sound of Veliko Tarnovo?  This tour from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo takes all the hassle out of your trip.  Check availability and prices here.

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You can also check out the city’s museums, like the Sarafkinata Kashta Museum, the Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, and the Museum of the Bulgarian Revival and Constituent Assembly.

To visit Veliko Tarnovo on a day trip from Sofia:

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Boyana Church from Sofia

Unwind and destress from the bustle of the city with a day trip to Boyana Church from Sofia. Boyana Church is, like Rila Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site! The construction of the church began during the 10th century and it consists of three buildings. Surrounding the church is a park that separates and protects the religious site from the city buzz. Be sure to feast your eyes on the magnificence of the church with its stunning medieval art and its core artifact placed in the second building: the 13th-century frescos or mural. There is also the grand depiction of Christ Pantocrator within the church. The easiest way to visit Boyana Church (we’ve covered how to get here on public transport later), is to combine it with a trip to Rila monastery and make a day of it. Find out how here.

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Just 2 km away from the church you can also dive deeper into Bulgarian history by going to the National History Museum. The museum houses fine arts and furniture, along with uniforms and clothing, and even a collection of flags.

To visit Boyana Church on a day trip from Sofia:

  • Rent a car and drive – it’s only about 20-30 minutes to Boyana Church from central Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • You can take public transport from central Sofia to the Boyana Church.  The journey time is about 1.25 hours.  You’ll need to make one change. 
  • Alternatively, combine a visit to Boyana Church with a trip to Rila Monastery and see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day.  This tour includes your transport, an English-speaking guide. Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

Take a Plovdiv day trip from Sofia

Step into the ancient city of Plovdiv, the city regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe and also the oldest city in the entire world. Plovdiv dates back to 4,000 BC and is the second-largest city in Bulgaria.  Plovdiv has an incredible atmosphere as it hosts theatre, dancing and movie festivals. It might just be a short drive to Plovdiv from Sofia, but take a tour and you’ll be able to truly enjoy the Mediterranean and cafe lifestyle and some Bulgarian wine at lunchtime! Check your options here.

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The city sports an Olympic-sized rowing base for activities such as rowing, running, and cycling. You can also check out the city’s galleries and museums like the Art Bath, as well as the Ancient Theatre which is now the city’s most prominent cultural landmark.   Plovdiv also boasts fine wine as the area around the city has the perfect climate that allows for the growing of grapes. You also should definitely not miss one of the city’s famous restaurants, the Restaurant Philippopolis, which has a terrace overlooking the Kapana district and a 1920s Viennese style interior.  There’s more on what to do in Plovdiv, if you have longer than a day, in our guide here.

Plovdiv, particularly Magura Street in Kapana is lined with local shops selling local crafts and souvenirs such as handmade belts with ornate buckles, and pagan kukere masks worn by Bulgarians to scare off evil spirits, as well as sandals, leather bags, and jewelry.

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, you can also hike up the original seven, now six hills that Plovdiv was built upon. The most popular hill is the Nebet Tepe, and then there’s also the Bunardzhik Tepe (Alyosha Hill) which has a large Soviet statue on top.

To visit Plovdiv on a day trip from Sofia:

  • Rent a car and drive – it’s only about 1 hour 40 minutes to Plovdiv from central Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • You can take public transport from central Sofia to Plovdiv.  The journey time is 2 hours and 20 minutes and the first bus leaves at 08:10. It is a direct bus. You can book tickets here.  There are returns back to Sofia until late into the evening. 
  • Alternatively, this full-day tour gives you a full day in Plovdiv, including your transport, and an English-speaking guide. Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

Explore picturesque Koprivshtitsa from Sofia

Koprivshtitsa is a quaint, quiet, and picturesque town located in the central part of Bulgaria and is surrounded by the Sredna Gora mountains. The sleepy town boasts 383 houses which are of the 19th-century Bulgarian Revival Architecture period. You can actually go inside some of these houses as they have been turned into memorial houses, especially those of famous Bulgarian writers, revolutionaries, or politicians; check out the Oslekov House, the Georgi Benkovski Memorial House, Dimcho Debelyanov Memorial House, Todor Kableshkov Memorial House, or the Lyutov House. It’s a gorgeous place, find out more about it here.

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To visit Koprivshtitsa Church on a day trip from Sofia:

  • Rent a car and drive – it’s about 110km to Kopreivshtitsa from central Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • You can take the train from central Sofia to Koprivshtitsa.  The journey time is about 2 hours.  You can check train timetables for Bulgarian trains here.  Once you arrive at the train station in Koprivshtitsa you can take a minibus for the remaining few kilometers to the town.
  • Alternatively, this day trip to Koprivshtitsa includes your transport and an English-speaking guide to help you explore the town. Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

Explore Perushtitsa from Sofia

Just 23 km southwest of Plovdiv sits the small town of Perushtitsa. This small town has within it a large role played in Bulgarian history regarding the April Uprising against the Ottoman Empire; the uprising eventually resulted in the Liberation of Bulgaria. One of the places in this town that you should definitely not miss is its Historical Museum. The museum outlines and traces the developments of settlements display original revolutionary uniforms, the gun of Spas Ginov (a victim of the Perushtitsa slaughter), a painting titled “The Defense of Perushtitsa” by painter D. Dobrev, and other personal belongings and guns. This is an easy place to visit on a day trip from Sofia to Plovdiv.

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While visiting the museum, you can also visit the church called “St. Archangels Gabriel and Michael,” which is a part of the museum. Near the church sits the Danovo school, a first-class school. Then, just above the town, on the Vlasevitsa Hill, sits a magnificent monument, the Monument of Three Generations” which was built to commemorate the people killed during the April Uprising.

To visit Perushtitsa on a day trip from Sofia:

  • Rent a car and drive – it’s only about 90 minutes drive to Perushtitsa from central Sofia.    If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • You can take public transport from central Sofia to Perushtitsa.  The journey time is about 3.5 hours.  You’ll need to make one change, either in Plovdiv or Krichim.   
  • Alternatively, combine a visit to Perushtitsa with a trip to Plovdiv.  This tour includes your transport, an English-speaking guide. Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

Learn about what matters with a day trip to Nis, Serbia from Sofia

Follow the footsteps of the Great Emperor Constantine as you explore the town of Nis, Serbia. Just an hour or two away from Sofia, Nis is the perfect spot to connect with nature with the exhilarating mountain scenery of the Balkans. At Nis, you will be able to set your sight upon the Roman ruins of Mediana, the 3rd-century imperial palace built by Constantine the Great, and its glorious exterior. You are unlikely to be able to a day trip to Nis in a rental car, so you’ll need to look for an organized trip from Sofia.

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You should also head on to Nis Fortress, one of the city’s most symbolic landmarks and one of the most important and best-preserved monuments of its kind. After the fortress, you can also check the Archaeological Museum and the famed Skull Tower (Ćele Kula), which was a structure built by the Ottomans out of the remains of the killed Serbian soldiers killed during the Battle of Cegar. Another symbolic structure you should check out is Serbia’s Nazi Concentration Camp where more than 35,000 people were detained during World War II; after the camp, you can head on to the memorial museum and learn more about the history of the victims of the camp.

To visit Nis, Serbia on a day trip from Sofia:

  • You can drive to Nis – it’s only about 2 hours to Nis from central Sofia.    You will need to confirm that you can take a rental car out of Bulgaria.  If you need to rent a car, we recommend Discover Cars. You can search, compare and save up to 70%, with no hidden fees and free cancellation, what have you got to lose? Get a price for a rental car in Sofia here.
  • Alternatively, take a day trip from Nis to Sofia.  This tour includes your transport and an English-speaking guide. Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

Visit Skopje, North Macedonia from Sofia

Hop into another country with a day trip to Skopje, North Macedonia from Sofia Bulgaria. Considered one of the underrated capitals of Europe, Skopje is decorated with weirdly charming infrastructures—a mixture of remnants of Ottoman and modern buildings disguised as old along with a lot of statues erected all over Skopje, a type of architecture that is described as brutalists architecture. Apart from this architecture, you can also find the second-largest bazaar in the Balkans in Skopje. You can spend hours just wandering and basking in the vibrant city life and the local charm of the city. At the second-largest bazaar, you will be able to encounter varying livelihoods all within the same place like craftsman shops, barbershops, bars, and restaurants. Be careful not to get lost though! The streets within the bazaar can get narrow and may suddenly feel like a maze. Check out what else you can see here.

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Want to see an amazing view? Head to Hotel Arka and get a seat at the top floor café and witness the sun setting and the hustling and bustling city. Or you can also head to Kale fortress, just a few minutes away from the bazaar, and get to see another perspective on the entirety of the city.

You can also check out Debar Maalo, the alternative side of Skopje where there’s a more relaxing atmosphere. Street booksellers, a great café culture, green bazaars, and the AKSC or the hub of alternative Skopje are places you definitely don’t want to miss!

To visit Skopje on a day trip from Sofia:

Explore some of Bulgaria’s Best Caves from Sofia

Get lost in the natural beauty of Bulgaria through these caves at Saeva Dupka, Prohodna, and Devetashka.

The Saeva Dupka cave, nicknamed the ‘Underground Pearl of Bulgaria” is a shimmering natural cave in Northern Bulgaria, approximately 1 to 3.5 million years old. Its name was drawn from the two brothers who hid in the cave during the occupation of the Ottomans. With huge stalagmites, stalactites, and other cave formations, the cave was still spacious on the inside, with a varying height of 8 meters to 32.5 meters and with a total area of roughly 3,500 square meters. It was declared a national landmark in 1962 and has since been developed through expanding access by adding pathways, stairs, and ladders. The cave is composed of five main galleries accessible through the stairs and ladders: the Kupena, the Srutishteto, the Koncertna, the Beliyat Kamak, and the Kosmos.

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The Prohodna Cave, on the other hand, is the most famous and most easily accessible cave in Bulgaria. The cave has two entrances, one big, and one small, and is naturally lit due to the large entrances and cave holes or the natural holes on the ceiling. These cave holes on the ceiling are right next to each other and are almond-shaped, earning the cave the name “The Eyes of God.” It was also declared a national landmark in 1962. If you’re looking for an exciting adventure, Prohodna cave can offer you just that! The cave is known to be a popular destination, particularly for climbers; the cave has routes that are divided for climbers to explore, and these are considered the hardest climbing routes in Bulgaria.

The Devetashka Cave is known for its seven different-sized cave holes which allow the sunlight to illuminate the central hall. Because of its seven cave holes, the cave has been nicknamed Maarata or Ojnata. If you’re interested in archaeology, then this place is ideal for you; it has been said that the Devetashka is among the cave deposit with the richest cultural artifacts from the Neolithic era.

Want to visit all three of these caves all at once?   The easiest way is to take a guided tour from Sofia.    This tour includes your transport and an English-speaking guide. Reserve your place here (there’s free cancellation in case you change your mind).

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Final Words on the Best Day Trips from Sofia, Bulgaria

The capital city is always an ideal choice when going on a trip and the city of Sofia is a great place to base yourself with its art galleries, museums, good food, and laidback atmosphere. But the scenic views of Bulgaria give a glimpse into what more you can experience while staying there without yet letting go of the city buzz. Day trips offer you just that—an exciting adventure without completely letting go of the youthful vibes capital. This list of the best day trips from Sofia is curated to give you an exciting choice of day trips you can go to. It’s a perfect balance of quiet and reflective activities, and fun and exciting adventures. These Sofia trips will engage you in the variety of Bulgaria’s rich culture, with meaningful trips, rediscovering history, hikes, and wine tasting. But all these, without letting go of Sofia’s charm.

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