The beautiful, but rather compact, capital of Bulgaria is a rewarding acquaintance. It is old, as in 2500 years, and has therefor its fair share of cultural and historic sights with flavour of both the East and West. In addition Sofia also boasts of green parks, vibrant street life, and the expected collection of grey Eastern Bloc buildings and monuments. With towering Mt. Vitosha (2290m) right at the doorstep, you can even go hiking/skiing during the day and be back in the evening, relaxing in a bistro with a bottle of Bulgarian wine - or equal good, downing a cold local beer.