Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pro Tip: Take the Free Sofia Tour

Whether you're a long-time resident, new to the city or just passing through, you'll learn something fascinating about Sofia on this free walking tour. I've taken it twice and I can promise that while most of the highlights were the same, both guides added something different through sharing their own little tidbits of local culture. All of the tour guides are young, speak excellent English and are passionate about showing you the "real side" of Sofia that you won't find in every travel guide. As a non-profit organization, the tour operates on donations and its members also coordinate cultural events, such as a recent photographic exhibition of antique photos.

Walking tours are one of the best ways to get "more bang for your buck" and get a feel for a new place, especially if you're limited on time. I'm not, but I love learning more about this city and the best way to do that is by talking to locals. If you go on the tour, rest assured that your guide will be more than capable of suggesting further sightseeing options, a restaurant, the nearest post office, or whatever you need. They might even join you for a late lunch or a drink!

The Free Sofia Tour leaves twice daily at 11a.m. and 6p.m. in front of the Palace of Justice on Vitosha Blvd. It lasts about two hours and finishes in front of the National Assembly.

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