Vitosha is a mountain and its very near to the city. This is accepted as natural advantage to have your ski resorts so near to the city like it is in Bursa ( in Turkiye)
Mt. Cherni Vrah (The Black Peak) is on 2290 m. There are also very nice restaurants on the top.You can enjoy also the view the city from the top .
This is the cities main shopping street and is home to many local & international stores. What makes it enjoyable is that a long stretch of it is closed to motor vehicles except trams. Along it are many open air pavement cafes & bars. This made it a great place to sit and relax or stroll along.
Essential for Nature lovers.For going there take a tram to Hladilnika Station and then a bus(I think is the 64).It runs every hours and goes to a lift station.The ride up is wonderful.You can almost touch the trees tops in a silent,calm,fresh air.
There are hiking trails at the end through a plateau.Going up to the Peak Vitosha is rather a matter of experienced hikers.
The nearest ski resort to Sofia is Aleko, it has runs from 2200 down to about 1200 m. The easiest way to get there is by a Gondola cable car from the outskirts of Sofia (about ?2.40). At the top station you can hire your skis, (?6-10) and then ski down to the bottom of the chair lift to buy the lift pass (about ?6), which is a bit confusing. The chair lift takes you almost to the top of the highest peak (Cherni Vrah). Runs are not clearly marked for grade, and the easy runs share the same route as that used by the many hikers climbing the mountain, (I hiked up the mountain the first time I visited this part, it was a pretty good experience). The mix means you need to be careful for your own safety at that of others. The resort was always busy when I visited (at the weekends), with a wide range of people aged 7-70 (I'm told its very quiet on weekdays). It was good to see some many older people - using skiing kit they had obviously had used for years, and much less of the usual skiing fashion parade. Apparently the first Sunday of each month is the concession day, so it can get very busy. This lodge is at the top of the gondola cable car, and has a restaurant/bar (very cheap) and is one of the places you can hire skis. Of course there is a big queue to catch the Gondola down to Sofia before it closes at 4.30. Worst bit is getting back from the Gondola base station to Sofia. Its only about 4km to the Studentski Grad (near the Technical University), but the taxis you can pick up are liable to overcharge foreigners (perhaps everyone!). There is a bus (flat 20p fare) but I never had a chance to work out where it goes. Best get a lift with a friend!
Vitosha's 1 of the mountains round Sofia (there are also Lyulin and Plana). Most of Sofia's streets are dominated by the view of this mountain. In fact, it's a part of the city.
Its highest point's Cherni Vrah. You can get there in a cabin lift, starting at Knyazhevo or Simeonovo.
It's dominating the view from everywhere in the city and you can get there for 15-20 min.It's a great day trip and gets really busy during the weekend.
There are few cable cars but the best one is Dragalevtzi to Bai Krastyu chairlift and you can walk to Aleko, which is just under Cherni Vrah Peak.
Close to the first chairlift station is restaurant "Vodenitzata" - the best for traditional bulgarian food - don't miss it!
In the same area is the Dragalevtzi Monastery and the Residency of Patriarch Maxim - The Head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.Best time to visit is Aug15 - Virgin Mary is the patron saint of the Monastery.
You can also drive there or use the Knyazhevo Cable car, which goes to the Kopitoto TV Tower or Simeonovo Cable Car, which goes to Aleko as well.
Vitosha Street is named after the mountain Vitosha that is dominating the town from South, at the end of the street.It is the most famous street of Sofia ,where is concentrated the city life and the shopping area. It's where you go out to be seen ,to sit on a cafe or to take a look at the latest fashion trends.
Launched on my birthday - nov 1st , the Website of our Main Shopping street - Vitoshka is there so you can take a look what it has to offer. Click here to visit Vitoshka.com - Unfortunately the site is only in bulgarian for now - hopefully the english version is coming soon.
Vitosha is a mountain in the outskirts of Sofia. It is a great place to escape the noise and confusion of the city. As a day trip I would recommend going up in a lift to Cherni Vruh and ascending the mountain so that you get to see bird's eye views of the city.
You can go there by taking a tram to Hladilnika Bus Station, then a bus from Hladilnika to Simeonovo Lift Station. There you can get on a gondola lift which will take you up the mountain to Aleko Hut. From there get on the lift to the Cherni Vruh peak.
Mount Vitosha is to the south of the city and clearly visible from just about everywhere. We reached there via a tram to the hladilnika bus station and then a bus to Dragalevtsi village. From there it is a 3km walk to the first chairlift. Apparently there is a bus that takes you all the way to the chairlift but we didn't find it. This wasn't a problem as it gave us the chance to stop for lunch and soak up a bit of sun.
Tired of the city? The mountains are just minutes away. Sofia is nestled at the base of the Vitosha Mountains. The Vitosha National Park is just south of the southern ring road around Sofia. A short and inexpensive taxi ride from the city center will take you to the Dragalevtsi chairlift. I rode the lift in the morning, during a weekday, and there was no queue. The ride up the mountain was quiet and relaxing. The lift stops at about the tree line, from which a number of hiking trails continue on up and around the mountain peaks. There was still some snow on the mountain when I was there in June. A cafe is at the base of the lift, and the historic Dragalevtsi Monastery is only a short walk away.
Most people who visit Sofia pass through this boulevard. The question is whether they just pass by car, or stroll to see the fancy stores on it. During the summer that street becomes like a fashion show in the open. Some, or most (not really sure) walk on it to be seen in their newest clothes and best looks. :-)
General sightseeing. Hiking Mount Vitosha. Plenty of unique souvenir shopping. Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman antiquity sites. Observing a formerly communist nation come to grips uneasily with capitalism and democracy.
The whole country is a fascinating blend of competing themes: east and west, Slav and Turk, Communism and Capitalism, Cyrillic and Latin, 21st Century urban life and 19th Century rural life.
This is a stone river. That kind of stones are called MORENI. You can reach them with a taxi for 15 dollars at the maximum
In Vitosha there are many paper-birches. But the montain is nearly 2000 meters high. It is in the borders of the city of Sofia
A leisury scroll above the city smog in the summer and not quick and easy skiing in the winter. And just a throw away from the city.