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In order to get the most out of Sofia, you're going to need a reliable and comfortable hire car as public transport in the capital of Bulgaria is below par and punctuality is uncommon.

Sofia makes the ideal base for day trips to other Bulgarian attractions. Rila Monastery, the pretty world heritage UNESCO site is the largest monastery in Bulgaria and lies 73 miles away in the Rila Mountains, a tranquil escape from the bustling city of Sofia. Orthodox monks still maintain the monastery, keeping 10th century founded traditions alive and well today, making Rila one of Bulgaria's top tourist attractions. It's possible to stay overnight at the monastery and makes a great base for hiking in the nearby mountains.

The Bansko skiing region is only two hours away...

Back in central Sofia city, the Alexander Nevski Cathedral is a neo-Byzantine honorary memorial to the Russian soldiers who helped free the Bulgarians from Ottoman rule. It is arguably Sofia's most photographed tourist attraction with copper and gold tipped domes which was finally finished in 1912. There is also an abundance of museums and galleries to explore, notably the National Institute of Archaeology which has won many awards for excellence.

The Bansko skiing region is only two hours away should you fancy a day on the slopes, while a trip to the seaside port city of Burgas is more of a trek at four hours, but definitely worth it. Closer attractions include a 10th Century castle in Penrik, picturesque walks in the town of Godech and a Roman Fortress in Mezrda. All of these are under an hours drive away from Sofia.

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