The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is both a modern city and an historic treasure filled with landmarks reflecting over 2,000 years of Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Soviet occupation. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite. Many cultural institutions are located in Sofia, including the National Opera House, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Music Academy, and the Ivan Vazov National Theater. Residents and visitors alike enjoy some of Bulgaria’s finest museums, theaters, sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and open markets.


Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, after the capital Sofia. Plovdiv was nominated as a candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2019. It is situated in the western part of the Thracian plain, on both banks of the Maritza River. Scattering its buildings on the slopes and in the skirts of six hills, Plovdiv offers its visitors unforgettable sights. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe with a history of 7,000 years and monuments from different civilizations. The ancient city of Plovdiv has a romantic atmosphere with its 200-year-old houses and unique charm which inspires tourists, artists, and poets.