This year’s European Mobility Week took place in Sofia between 16th and 22nd September. The project is part of the Europe-wide Mobility Weeks and aims at an awareness raising campaign to sensibilize citizens to the use of public transport, cycling, walking and to encourage European cities to promote these sustainable modes of transport and to invest in the new necessary infrastructures.
And shares some personal impressions and experiences of our guests in Sofia. We have also found out that some of our guests prefer various unusual but environmentally friendly ways of travelling to here. If you browse Wikitravel’s article about Sofia, in the section “GET IN” you can find information about how you can arrive in Sofia, and the usual categories are: 1) by plane; 2) by bus; 3) by train; 4) by car. However, our guests turned out to be much more creative.. and green!
Hitchhiking might fall into the category “by car”, but not if the destination is not defined from the beginning. Here you can find out more about how two of our guests “decided” to visit Sofia.
One of our tours in July was a hit. First, there were some girls from Slovenia that were enjoying their round trip through the Balkans in a caravan. There were eight of them – travelling together independent from public transportation, relatively cheaply and environmentally friendly.
So, the second guest I talked to turned out to be a cycling enthusiast from Switzerland, who came to Sofia on his bike from Italy via Greece. I asked what he thinks of the roads in Bulgaria, and he admitted that the road from the Greek border to Sofia was a bit unsafe, but compared to Greece it was not dangerous at all.
And last, but not least – in the same group we had people coming here ON FOOT! This couple travelled all the way from France till Sofia, which took them three months. After that they were heading to Istanbul, and – “if time allows us” – they wanted end their journey in Jerusalem. Asked how they’ll get back, they answered firmly: “Not by plane. It’s absurd to walk for several months and then take the same distance for few hours. We’ll probably take a train.”
So, if you prefer a more adventurous coming to Sofia – become part of the European Mobility Week fever and feel welcome to choose one of those or to surprise us with another sustainable alternative 🙂