May 30, 2013
Bulgaria - the Land of Roses and rose oil | Free Sofia Tour

Bulgaria – the Land of Roses

Coming to Bulgaria, you have probably heard that our beautiful country is also called “the land of roses”. Bulgaria is world number 1 producer of rose oil – from the rare rose type Rosa Damascena. The oil extracted from Rosa Damascena is used as a base element in cosmetics and perfumery all over the world – and ever since the middle ages! If you are looking for the highest quality of rose oil – you should definitely visit the Bulgarian Valley of Roses 🙂     Gathering the roses is quite labor intensive since it must be done by hand. There are between twenty to forty days per year suitable for harvesting – usually end of May, beginning of June. During that period, in Kazanlak – the biggest city in the Valley of Roses – you can enjoy the Bulgarian Rose Festival. It includes a lot of art activities, performances and wine tasting. For a second consecutive year the guests of Sofia landing at Sofia International Airport will be given […]
May 26, 2013

Sofia Bike Rental

Did you know that Sofia is one of the greenest capitals in Europe? One way to explore all the parks and gardens in Bulgaria’s biggest cities is by bike. If you don’t have one, you can rent a bike at Sofia Bike Rental. They have great city bikes by the Bulgarian company Drag. You can either join the for the daily Free Sofia Bike Tour or explore on your own using the convenient map they provide. By the way, the seaside city of Burgas became the first one in Bulgaria with a system of public rent-a-bike locations. After the project is fully completed, there will be 12 stations with 120 bikes to rent at budget prices. The first one is ready and is located in front of the Youth cultural centre. The same people do a great free hiking tour in the outskirts of Sofia, including Boyana church, Boyana waterfall and lake. Here’s why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely worth visiting.  
May 24, 2013

May 24th – Slavonic Literature & Culture Day

As you may probably know, Bulgaria is the only country in the European Union that uses the Cyrillic alphabet. Our entry into the EU in 2007 made Cyrillic the third official alphabet in the EU after the Latin and Greek ones. On May 24th we celebrate the Slavonic Literature and Culture, and we also honor the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet – the brothers St. Cyril and St. Methodius. So what is the story of the Cyrillic alphabet? In the 9th century there was something like a competition between the Pope in Rome and the Emperor of Constantinople for influence over the still not Christianized (and mainly Slavonic) peoples in Europe. The Byzantine Emperor and his Patriarch thought it would be a good idea to provide an alphabet to the Slavs in order to eradicate  the Western influence. Cyril and Methodius were chosen to go to Great Moravia (parts of today’s Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) with the mission of creating a Slavonic alphabet. The first Slavonic alphabet was the so called […]
May 22, 2013
List of Free Walking Tours around the World

List of Free Walking Tours around the World

Free Sofia Tour didn’t invent the wheel. Other cities around the world had started free walking tours so in August 2010 we decided it was high time that Sofia joined. It was only logical that we would contact other tours to exchange info, ideas and know-how. An informal network was created and soon the idea of the common flyer came up: We present you – United Europe Free Tours. (Link to their website here) In other words – if you are travelling to Barcelona, Berlin, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Ceski Krumolov, Lisbon, Ljubjana , London, Madrid, Prague or San Sebastian   make sure you don’t miss the tours organized by our great friends there. A click on the name of the city in the text would send you to their websites for more information. These are the best free tours in terms of quality and entertainment. Just look at their testimonials and rankings on TripAdvisor provided by the users that already had the pleasure of joining any of the United Europe Free Tours. No booking is required. Just […]
May 16, 2013

European Night of Museums 2013

The European Night of Museums 2013 in Sofia will be this Saturday, 18th May. Below you can find the full program of the event. Click here for a Bulgarian version. Sofia Art Gallery 1 „Gen. Joseph V. Gurko” Str. 10PM – 1AM – The Other Eye: „Gorgons in the depot or Apocalypse now”; „Messages from light”; „Arenas – a life between the very little plastic arts and the art of painting” – celebrating 90 years from the birth of Penko Bonchev. 6 PM – Concert Pop Classics, chamber ensemble „Sofia soloists”. 9 PM – „Midsummer Day (Enyovden)” multimedia performance. Photography for everyone.   National Art Gallery 1 „Knyaz Alexander І” Sq. 7 PM – 12 AM – Retrospective exhibition by Georgi Baev; Unknown works of Yaroslav Veshin; Documentaries. 8 PM – Vaya Studio dance performance with choreographer Vanya Roshkova. 10 PM – Chamber music: Penka Petkova (cello) and Silviya Stoyanova (piano).   Ethnographic Museum 1 „Knyaz Alexander І” Sq. Exhibitions: „120 years National Museum”; „Recorded in the book of life”; „The cross in the Jewish culture”. […]
May 15, 2013

CSR Bulgaria

Free Sofia Tour Association (soon-to-be 365 Association) joined CSR Bulgaria – the first Bulgarian specialized network for corporate social responsibility. We want to express our gratitude to the founders of this network for the opportunity. We hope that CSR Bulgaria would help us expand our partners network and find more support for the projects of our organization! Сдружение Фрий София Тур (което скоро ще бъде преименувано в Сдружение 365) вече има свой профил в CSR Bulgaria – първата българска специализирана мрежа за корпоративна социална отговорност (КСО). Надяваме се, че участието в CSR Bulgaria ще ни позволи да разширим мрежата си от партньори и да намираме все повече подкрепа за проектите на нашата организация!
May 14, 2013

May Holidays

In case you’ve recently visited Sofia, maybe you’ve wondered where everybody is and why it is so calm and quiet. The answer is – we were all on vacation 🙂 For only two weeks we had a lot of holidays and events in Bulgaria. We started with May 1st – International Workers’ Day. Then we had one of the biggest Christian holidays – Easter. This year the Orthodox Easter was more than a month after the Catholic one. Orthodox Christians celebrated the holiday on May 5th. May 6th marked another big holiday – St. George’s Day which is also the Day of the Bulgarian Army. In the meantime, we also had parliamentary elections on May 12th. This led to a lot of people leaving Sofia and going to their home towns to vote. On the same date the concert of Depeche Mode in Sofia took place. And now May 14th will offer another great musical event – rock band Bon Jovi’s concert in Sofia! That being said, you can imagine a lot […]
May 14, 2013

Европейска нощ на музеите 2013

Европейска нощ на музеите София 2013. Програма   Софийска градска художествена галерия ул. „Ген. Йосиф В. Гурко”1 10:00 до 1:00 ч. – Другото око: „Горгони в депото или Апокалипсис сега”; „Послания от светлина”; „Арени – един живот между много малките пластики и живописта” 90 г. от рождението на Пенко Бончев. 18:00 ч. – Концерт Поп класика, камерен ансамбъл „Софийски солисти” 21:00 ч. – „Еньовден” мултимедиен пърформанс. Фотография за всички.   Национален музей на българското изобразително изкуство пл. „Княз Александър І” 1 19:00 до 24:00 ч. – Ретроспективна изложба на Георги Баев; Непонати творби на Ярослав Вешин; Документални филми. 20:00 ч. – Танцов спектакъл на студио Vaya с хореограф Ваня Рошкова. 22:00 ч. – Камерна музика: Пенка Петкова (виолончело) и Силвия Стоянова (пиано).   Институт за етнология и фолклористика с етнографски музей при БАН пл. „Княз Алексъндър І” 1 Изложби: „120 години Народен музей”; „Записани в книгата на живота”; „Кръстът в еврейската култура”. 16:30 ч. – Музикални изпълнения на студенти от СУ „Св. Климент Охридски” и ученици. 19:00 ч. – Блажно наддумване с участието на Николай Кенаров и […]