As life in Europe is slowly transitioning to the “new normal” many are itching to travel. However, a lot of us are not sure how to go about it in a post-pandemic world where the coronavirus is still very much present. Many of the travel restrictions in Europe are expected to be eased in mid-June/early July. Intercontinental travel however, is still uncertain. Covid-19 has changed the travel industry. That’s why a lot of Europeans will be looking for vacation options within the continent. Here are 5 reasons why the Bulgarian capital might just be the perfect option for your first post-pandemic trip:
One could argue why that is. Possibly a combination of safety measures applied very early on, closed borders and local discipline. Whatever the case, the local health system was not overwhelmed and many lives were spared. As of the end of May Bulgaria saw a total of less than 2500 cases and 136 deaths. These numbers also happen to be one of the lowest per capita not only in the European Union but also in the world. With restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, theatres, museums and concert halls now open, life in the country has largely reemerged. Indoor bars and clubs will open on June 15th.
For better or worse Sofia is still one of the least visited European capitals. Although the number of tourists has increased in the past few years, crowds are incomparable to the likes of other Eastern European gems such as Prague, Budapest and Warsaw. So, if you prefer a more authentic and less crowded environment you should definitely consider a trip to Sofia.
In a world where we are encouraged to communicate with others outside and avoid indoor activities, Bulgarians are lucky to have a capital that boasts countless parks and other open public spaces. With its long summer and mediterranean feel, most likely you won’t even need to go inside if you are visiting between May and October. Not only that, but Sofia is one of the very few european capitals to have quite a high mountain situated right next to city. The Vitosha Mountain offers plently of views, activities, hiking options in both summer and winter. If you prefer staying within the city, don’t worry! Sofia has plently to offer in terms of outdoor activities. Sofia is best explored by foot and a free walking tour is the way to do it.
We have all been on trips to some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and know the feeling. Waiting in line for hours and then unsuccessfully trying to get a peak of Mona Lisa. As much as it’s worth it, that doesn’t really comply with the new COVID-19 health advice we’ve been hearing. Sofia has plenty of good quality museums and other attractions that reveal the country’s rich history and you will NEVER have to wait in line. You’ll be able to take your time and discover the country at your own pace without being rushed.
Bulgaria has a lot to offer and Sofia is the perfect base if you would like to spend more time in the country and dive deeper. From picturesque villages to snowy mountain peaks, historical towns, spa resorts and of course, the famous Black Sea coast – Bulgaria has it all. Plovdiv (2019’s European Capital of Culture), the Seven Rila Lakes, Koprivshtitsa, Veliko Tarnovo – to name a few. Explore more.