A fun, very comprehensive, interesting tour, this FREE walking tour is given by knowledgeable and well trained locals and covers parts of the city you won’t find on your own (the Byzantine Church inside the courtyard of the Presidential palace for example). The tours are so popular they have to give them twice every day – 11am and 6pm at the Palace of Justice (just look for the giant lion statues opposite the McDonald’s on Vitosha Blvd. If you see a place called ‘Happy’ you’re close by). At the end of the tour, if you enjoyed it, simply give the volunteer guide a tip! You donate depending on what you think the tour was worth and what you can afford – a great experience at a good price! I fully recommend it.
Besides, the article gives some further useful advices:
Try some local fruit and vegetables from the outdoor markets (e.g. the Ladies Market), and not from the shops – it is definitely the fresher and the tastier choice, and – unlike many other countries – it is much cheaper
Be careful with taxis, because there are reliable brands (like O.K. Taxis and One-Euro Taxis) and their fake copies that could bribe you
Use the cheap public transport – also for your luggage from the airport – and don’t try to cheat on the inspectors 🙂
Don’t say “thank you” when you pay for a meal in a restaurant, because this means that you don’t want your change back
Here you can find some further Lonely Planet tips on Sofia.
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