LNOF Guide to Sofia
Sofia hen weekends are budget-friendly, atmospheric and packed with things to do.
Sofia has built a reputation as being one of the most inexpensive cities to visit in Europe, a reputation which surprisingly does not come at the cost or the quality of things to do, see, eat or drink. Despite being one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in Europe, the Bulgarian capital has the feel of a modern, youthful city and the classical architecture mixes fascinatingly with the contemporary buildings.
Situated in the west of Bulgaria, just at the bottom of the towering Vitosha mountain, and coming with generous helpings of Slavic style; Sofia is a safe, welcoming city that represents the perfect location for a hen group looking to break the mould and get in on the affordability and notorious reputation of Europe’s slightly further afield capital cities. There is a pleasing Mediterranean feel to the mid-year climate and the atmosphere is one of history and culture without feeling stale or boring.
Sofia has the friendliest locals and a lovely climate all year round. The bars are quirky and quaint, perfect for a relaxed hen weekend.
Much of Sofia’s nightlife is based around a pedestrianised area known as Vitosha Boulevard, where the lack of cars sees the tables and customers spreading out into the sunshine and creating a lively, beer garden-like atmosphere. Sofia’s nightclubs are famous for being busy most nights of the week and staying buoyant through to the smallest of the small hours at the weekend, so whether you and your group are staying for two or three nights, there’s sure to be a party to suit. Everything’s very condensed as well, but just in case you don’t fancy tackling the cobbles in those towering heels, taxis are extremely cheap compared to the UK.
Culturally, you can’t really call Sofia anything other than a powerhouse. Being home to monuments, museums and jaw-dropping palatial buildings, even a small walk around the city centre can take you past beautiful architectural and historically significant scenes. We know, we know, hen weekends aren’t really about museums or monuments by nature, but if you can snap a couple of “yes…we did see things that weren’t the inside of cocktail bars, thanks for asking…” group photos, then it can’t be a bad thing, can it?
We have a diverse portfolio of central accommodation options to suit all budgets and requests, and a selection of day and night-time activities that can pack your days out with all sorts of adventures. The provision of direct flights from airports all over the UK is only expanding year-on-year, meaning that this brilliant location is only becoming more accessible to courageous hen groups looking for the dream last night of freedom.