The area around Sofia is full of picturesque places, suitable for a one-day walk and a break from the hectic everyday life in the big city. In Part 1 of “Sights around Sofia”, ViaMon Rent a Car provides you with a list of some famous places that you can visit, all of which are less than 100 km from the city of Sofia.

The village of Chavdar

The village of Chavdar is located 75 kilometers from the city of Sofia. The journey by car takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Chavdar village is a village that became famous for its good looks.

Many people visit the village because it is one of the few Bulgarian villages where cleanliness, maintenance and appearance are a priority. There is a large square, with fountains, places to relax and different types of vegetation. Near it are the Archaeological Park “Topolnitsa”, the Chapel “St. George” and the Chapel “St. Petka”.

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Pchelina Dam and St. Yoan Letni Chapel

The Pchelina Dam is located 62 kilometers from the city of Sofia and about 30 kilometers from the city of Pernik. The journey by car takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
From some sides of the dam, access is possible by car, and to the Chapel “St. Ioan Letni” can be reached on foot. The area is extremely picturesque and the views are breathtaking. The dam is large and allows for a full day walk or picnic.

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The “Tsari Mali Grad” fortress

The “Tsari Mali Grad” fortress is located only 55 kilometers from Sofia by car, approximately 1 hour. This is a museum complex in the village of Belchin. It was opened in 2009 to visitors and has a rich history that you can touch.

Visitors to the site feel the tranquility and beauty of the magical place in nature. In addition to Tsari Mali town, we recommend that you combine your walk with a tour of the village of Belchin and the town of Samokov.

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Panoramic platform in the village of Bov

Panoramic platform in the village of Bov is located 54 kilometers from the city of Sofia, by car it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It can be reached by car, or you can walk from Bov Station, which is about 15 minutes.

The view from the top is very picturesque and interesting. In the immediate vicinity is the Cherepish Monastery. If you have planned more time for a walk in the area, you can take the Vazov’s Eco Trail and Skaklya waterfall.

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Rila Park Dupnitsa

Rila Park is located in the town of Dupnitsa and is very suitable for a one-day walk. It is only about 73 kilometers from the city of Sofia and about 1 hour by car. Interestingly, it is very large, well maintained and has various attractions.

In it you can see the zoo, lake, sports enclosures, river, barbecue gazebos, places to eat and entertainment for the little visitors. If you wish, you can also walk in the center of Dupnitsa, visit Sapareva banya and Gorica Waterfall.

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The Golden Bridges of Vitosha

The Golden Bridges, also called Moraines, are a preferred destination for mountain tourism. They are located in the Vitosha mountain and can be reached in different ways. There are eco-paths to the locality from Kopitoto, Vladaya, Knyazhevo, Boyana Waterfall.

Many tourists visit this place because it is close to the center of Sofia and is suitable for a day trip and a walk in nature. In the area, you can also spend a few hours at the Puncheto hut and the Edelweiss hut.

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Ecopath “View to the nine mountains”

The start of the Ecopath “View to the nine mountains” is located about 63 kilometers from Sofia, approximately 1 hour by car, and 30 kilometers from Pernik.

This eco-trail, as well as the climb to the top in clear weather, offers views of at least 9 mountains in the area and further afield. The terrain is steep and the walking route takes 1 hour and 30 minutes each way. The scenic area provides views that cannot be seen often and remain in the mind.

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Village of Bosnek

The village of Bosnek is located about 45 kilometers from Sofia and about 25 kilometers from Pernik. The village is very popular for various types of tourism. Because of its beautiful location, it is a great place for a walk or a picnic on the banks of the Struma River.

About 1 hour and 30 minutes’ walk away is the Spring “The Living Water” in the “Vitosha” Nature Park. A few kilometers after the village on the road is the village of Chuipetlovo, which you can also visit during your walk.

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Dikanya Dam

The Dikanya Dam is located between the villages of Dolna Dikanya and Gorna Dikanya and is only 50 kilometers from the city of Sofia. A suitable and peaceful place for a day trip and a family walk in nature.

The road to the dam is fully accessible by car in about 1 hour from the capital and 20 minutes from the town of Pernik. All around the dam there are gazebos created for relaxation to enjoy the silence.

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The city of Panagyurishte is located 93 kilometers from the city of Sofia, which takes 1 hour and 30 minutes if you travel by car. The city is known for its rich history and museums, most notably the “Panagyur Treasure” in the Historical Museum.

Panagyurishte is a great place to walk and visit the important places for Bulgarian history, such as museums and houses of famous people.

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Take advantage of ViaMon Rent a Car‘s car rental offers and visit all the destinations we offer.

Everything for your trip is included in the price, and we leave it to you to enjoy to the fullest and get to know the beauty of Bulgaria.