Car Hire Sofia airport terminal 1
Find your perfect car hire at Sofia Airport Terminal 1Sofia, Bulgaria’s laidback capital, is brimming with museums, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues. It’s also a green city, with plenty of park space dotted around its centre.
Pick up your Avis car hired from Terminal 1 at Sofia Airport and start exploring.
Plan your journey from Sofia Airport Terminal 1Once you collect your Avis car rental, take Boulevard Tsarigradsko Shosse for 15 minutes from the airport to arrive in the centre of Sofia. The skyline here is cluttered with Ottoman mosques, domed churches and Red Army monuments.
Start around Vitosha Boulevard, in the city centre, where the streets are lined with shops and cafes. Pirotska Street and the Central Market Hall are also worth exploring, as well as Graf Ignatiev Street. The city’s star attraction is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the biggest church in Bulgaria. There are many other religious and cultural structures around town as well, such as the Sveta Sofia Church – the oldest in the city – and the Royal Palace.
If it’s green space you crave, spend an afternoon relaxing in one of Sofia’s major parks to soak up the city experience. Borisova Gradina is the most popular, but don’t overlook Yuzhen and the Military Academy parks either. Accelerate away from the city to encounter Vitosha mountain – popular for skiing in winter and hiking in summer.
Be sure to sample the local Bulgarian cuisine while you’re in Sofia too. The local taverns serve up traditional dishes and shopska salad (a selection of vegetables sprinkled with Bulgarian cheese) is an absolute must.
Beyond Sofia Airport Terminal 1Bulgaria’s most impressive attractions are just a short drive from Sofia.
Rila Monastery is one of Bulgaria’s most iconic symbols and only under a two-hour drive from Sofia via the A3 and Route 1. Located in the forests of the Rila mountain range, the monastery was founded in the first half of the 10th century AD. Over the years, it has become a spiritual, educational and cultural centre for Bulgarians. The architecture and artwork at this UNESCO World Heritage Site is outstanding, so take time to explore it.
Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second-largest city and its history dates back 7,000 years, with Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Bulgarian civilisations residing on this site over the centuries. See the Old Town with its revival-period houses and explore the Ethnographic Museum and the ruins of the city’s ancient Roman amphitheatre. One of Bulgaria’s most visited cities, Plovdiv is under a two-hour drive from Sofia.
Just over an hour and a half from Sofia (via Route 6) is the historic town of Koprivshtitsa. Set within a mountain landscape, this 19th-century town is a colourful arrangement of over 250 types of revival architecture. In the centre square is a mausoleum, built to commemorate those who died in the 1876 April Uprising. The gorgeous home of merchant Nencho Oslekov, which is considered the city’s best example of its revival-style buildings, is also here. As you explore, be sure to try some local dishes, like stomna kebap.
Sofia and the regions beyond its borders are full of surprises. Collect your Avis rental from the airport and start your journey through Bulgaria.