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Sofia Stag Do Reviews
Is Sofia Ideal For Your Stag Do?
All You Need To Know
The complex and dynamic city that is Sofia offers up a veritable world of contrasts and contradictions, making it a fascinating and eclectic place to visit for stag groups. The city is clean, modern and efficient, while at the same time being old, crumbling and ramshackle. Culture and history lurks at every corner, with Churches, museums and ancient ruins to explore for those culturally inclined. And to balance out all the history, the city also has a warren of bars, pubs and clubs for groups who prefer to stay out late.
Currency: Bulgarian lev (BGN)
Official Language: Bulgarian
Dialling Code: +359
Emergency Number: 150 – Ambulance; 160 – fire and rescue; 166 – police
Using public transport is one of the quickest, cheapest and most convenient ways of getting around Sofia. The city’s public transport system is made up of a network of buses, trams, underground trains and trolley buses. These vehicles have lines which will take you in and around the entire city and the regular timetable means you won’t need to wait around for ages to get to and from your destination.
Divided into four separate and well-defined seasons, the weather in Sofia – and indeed the whole of Bulgaria – is a mixture of Mediterranean and continental climates. Winter can be bitterly cold with icy winds, snow and frost. The colder winter period lasts from December until March and temperatures can often reach below freezing.
Spring arrives and this time of the year is the greenest in the country where temperatures rise to around 15-25°C. This temperate and mild period runs from March until June.
With the summer comes the heat from June to August with the hottest temperatures reaching around 35-40°C.
The beautiful crisp autumn is one of the nicest times to travel to Sofia as the temperatures between September-October drop down to 10-25°C, as the days get shorter and the air fresher.
- Visit the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral: If you’ve done any online research for Sofia, you’ve probably already seen the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The huge, onion domed structure was built between 1882 and 1912 and today is one of the most iconic symbols of the city and any stag do in Sofia would be incomplete without at least checking out the outside of the building.
- Check out the street art on Tsar Ivan Shishman Street: Street art is a cool way to get to grips with the more gritty and underground side of the city and the very best place. See what creative masterpieces the local artists come up with on Tsar Ivan Shishman Street, where the walls, houses and even electricity boxes have been transformed into vibrant and colourful murals.
- People watch on Vitosha Boulevard: Named after the mountains that can be seen in the distance, Vitosha Boulevard is one of Sofia’s most popular areas for shopping, strolling, drinking and dining. Just choose a café or bar, order a nice cold pint and sit back and watch the world go by.
- Go for a traditional Bulgarian meal: The food in Bulgaria is lush and Sofia is the real gastronomic epicentre. For the meat lovers amongst you, this city is an absolute heaven with meaty, protein rich dishes that will make your mouth water.
- Visit a typical Rakia bar: The national drink of Bulgaria, Rakia, is extremely strong and potent. Do as the locals do and visit a typical Rakia bar for drinks after dinner. T Just be sure to line the stomach first – its 65% alcohol.
- Zorbing: Fun doesn’t get much simpler than zorbing on your stag do in Sofia. The concept is easy. You climb into a giant inflatable, ball made of shock absorbent transparent rubber, then let yourself roll down a hill while trying to keep your lunch down. Great fun!
- Private Yacht Cruise: What better way to soak in the sights and the atmosphere of vibrant Sofia, than from the deck of your own private yacht, on a cruise where you and the boys are the real VIPs. You’ll cruise the lake for two hours before heading back to shore to continue the party on dry land.
- Offroad Safari: Stand aside boys, this activity is for the real men only. You need serious balls of steel to navigate the countryside outside Sofia in hardcore two tonne Land Rovers built like heavy duty tanks! Be prepared to get down and dirty with nature, with an expert guide to show you how to handle the beast like a dream in the offroad safari!
- Indulge in a Strip Party Bus: If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it in style, so why not combine one of the top stag do staples, with a unique party experience in a private party bus around the capital! The ride will last either one or two hours and will include, drinks, a personal waitress, two sexy strippers and a DJ, all there to ensure you have the most epic night of the trip!
Recommended to try: Shopska salad; Tarator cold yogurt soup; kyufteta spicy meat balls and gyuvech vegetable stew.
Local Beers: Kamenitza and Astika
Local Wines: Mavrud; Broad-Leaved Melnik; Dimyat and Pamid
Local Spirits: Rakia, made of distilled grapes or plums, or Mastika, an aniseed based spirit drink in the summer months
- Cost of a lunchtime snack or sandwich: 3-5 lv (€1.50-€2.50)
- Cost of a pint of beer: 1.2 lv (€0.60)
- Cost of a dinner with wine for two people: 60 -120 lv (€30 – €60)
- Cost of entry into a nightclub: 5-10 lv (€2.50-€5)
- Cost of a public transport day pass: 4 lv (€2)
- Cost of taxi ride in the city centre: 6 lv (€3)
- Sofia is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe and dates all the way back to the first millennium BCE
- The city was not always called Sofia, and prior to taking on its current Moniker in the 14th century, the city was named Serdica, Sredets and Tradiatsa
- Sofia is one of the highest capital cities in Europe at 550m above sea levels, and as such, many tourists come here on their way to the nearby ski slopes in the winter season
- Sofia has only been the capital of Bulgaria since 1879, before that the capital resided in Veliko Tarnovo
- Sofia was built on top of ancient Roman ruins and the city’s underground railway systems took over 30 years to build because the construction workers kept finding new historical ruins as they dug!