The ultimate natural playground for Sofia locals and visitors alike, Vitosha mountain rises to a height of 2,290m (7,510ft). The northern sections of the mountain are easily accessible from Sofia by bus, metro and car. Vitosha Nature Park, dates from 1934 and encompasses most of the mountain. It is the oldest park of its type in the Balkans. In the winter the upper slopes of Vitosha are skiable and lifts are operated by Vitosha Ski. The number of trails are endless in the Vitosha massif and offer a huge range of terrain and technicality.
I have organised the routes based upon the main trail heads (as determined through experience). From each point I will try to offer a variety of different routes, both in loop form or point to point. I have planned most routes to be done solely with public transportation. Please make sure to read through my getting around tips for each area to avoid some of the same mistakes I have made in the past.
A district of Sofia located at the end of the N. 5 tram line. This offers quick and direct access to Vitosha but beware of the steep climbs.
Meaning "Golden Bridges" in Bulgarian, it is a popular site on the western face of Vitosha. It is also the intersection of many trails and has a cafe where you can get some refreshments. There is also a place to park and on the weekends there are hourly buses back to Sofia.
Northern Vitosha (Closest to Sofia)
One of the most affluent "suburbs"of Sofia, it is home to UNESCO World Heritage site Boyana Church. The most well known trail here is the one that leads to Boyana waterfall but that is only one option.
Another former village on the northern flanks of Vitosha, Dragalevtsi is the starting point for the E-4 international trail in Bulgaria and provides lift access to 1818m near Goli Vrah.
Yet another former village that is now part of Sofia, beyond that it is also the home to Ikea in Bulgaria and a hotel shaped like a snail. From the lakes above the city it is easy to access Vitosha mountain.