Sofia holidays

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‘An unforgettable rail journey’: my night on the Istanbul-Sofia Express
The overnight service from Turkey to Bulgaria started running again this year and was voted one of the world’s best journeys for 2023 by Lonely Planet

Tom Hall

22, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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An insider's cultural guide to Sofia: Tsars, trams and plays about Tupac
With rooftop pools housing contemporary art and playwrights imagining office culture in purgatory, there’s more to Sofia than socialist facades

Bistra Andreeva

22, Jun, 2015 @9:27 AM

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The rise of the 'free' city tour

'Free' or pay-what-you-want tours have become a popular way to see cities in recent years. Vicky Baker looks at the rise of the homespun phenomenon and selects six from around the world

Vicky Baker

12, Jun, 2013 @11:28 AM

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Best of Bulgaria: readers' travel tips

Ski resorts, beautiful vistas, historic churches and a decent dollop of culture – discover Bulgaria's top travel destinations

11, Feb, 2013 @7:59 AM

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Saving Bulgaria's wild beaches from development

Bulgaria's Black Sea has been ravaged by development, but its hippies and artists are fighting to save the remaining wild beaches. Benji Lanyado joins their camp

Benji Lanyado

24, Apr, 2009 @11:01 PM

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The best holiday destinations in Europe (without the Euro)

There are still loads of fantastic non-eurozone destinations for travellers who don't want to go long haul. Here, five writers offer their suggestions

19, Apr, 2009 @11:01 PM

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Top 10 boutique hostels in eastern Europe

Eastern Europe is offering better value than ever, and these boutique hostels can make a non-eurozone trip even cheaper

Benji Lanyado

16, Apr, 2009 @11:25 AM

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City guide: Unsung cities of the world

Hiroshima and Kazakhstan may not be first on your list of holiday destinations, but these cities have so much to offer

08, Nov, 2008 @12:01 AM

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Lakes and mountains: Hiking and biking

From trekking through the mountains in Bulgaria to mountain cycling in France, find the best hiking and biking picks below

13, Jun, 2008 @11:01 PM

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Top 10 hostels around the world

Hostels are no longer just grotty dives for skint backpackers. Benji Lanyado recommends 10 stylish sleeps that won't break the budget.

Benji Lanyado

10, Sep, 2007 @4:37 PM

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Hostels in Europe

Berlin | Sofia | Ljubljana | Krakow | Riga

Benji Lanyado

03, Jun, 2006 @11:52 AM

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University challenge

Benji Lanyado is a third-year student at Manchester University. This month, he visited Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.

Benji Lanyado

25, Feb, 2006 @1:14 PM

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