Sofia

Cycling routes in and around Sofia

more than a year ago

One of the worst things about being a keen cyclist in this city is that it’s almost impossible to ride on the road unless you have a death wish, what with potholes and inconsiderate drivers. We have found the following relatively safe routes. Most of these can double up as very nice walking routes, too.

City Parks (20km)

You can start at any point on this circular tour of the city’s parks. Enter the Borissova Gradina Park at Eagles’ Bridge and cycle through the leafy park, uphill past the swimming pool and through the tunnel under Aleya Yavorov into the Iztok district. Turn right before the tennis courts and cross the tram lines on Dragan Tsankov Blvd. into Loven Park. This is a much quieter park with dense foliage (watch out for mosquitos), where you can see Dunovists (a Bulgarian spiritual movement formed by Peter Dunov) practicing their pan-eurythmic dance. There are various mountain bike practice areas in this park, good for kids and adults alike. Keep going straight ahead, veering slightly left and you will come to the busy Simeonovsko Shosse Blvd., which you have to cross. You will now go into the wood where you will find a wide (but a little scary if you are alone) cycle path that runs along the north side of the Sofia Zoo through to Hladilnika bus station. From here you cross into Yuzhen Park, where you can take a multitude of routes to get to the exit on Arsenalski Blvd. and cross into the smaller part of the park that leads to the Hilton. This is part of the park is clean with nice wide paths and there are some grassy hills for speeding down. To get back to starting point cycle over the bridge, past NDK, down Angel Kunchev St. and through the National Theatre park. An alternative is to use the cycle path along Evlogi Georgiev Blvd., but then you will have to breathe in the petrol fumes.

Vitosha Mountain: Zlatni Mostove – Plateau – Zlatni Mostove/Kopitoto-Plateau-Kopitoto/Aleko-Plateau-Aleko

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