One great thing about Bulgaria’s capital city, is that it is surrounded by mountains and nature. You don’t even have to leave Sofia to see some of the beautiful nature that Bulgaria has to offer.
And while the city centre is great to visit, you can visit most of its highlights within a day or two. Therefore, if you have a little more time in Sofia, I would recommend spending a bit of time in the nature as well. Did you know that there is a waterfall in Sofia? What if I told you, that you can combine a hike to the waterfall with getting to see some stunning views of Sofia?
Within just 20 minutes, you can reach a hiking path that will take you to the stunning Boyana waterfall in Sofia within another hour. Here is my experience of hiking to Boyana waterfall in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The starting point of the hike and how to get there
You can begin the hike just a short walk away from Boyana church. This church is located outside of the city centre, so easiest to take a taxi here. This will take you around 20 minutes from the city centre.
To avoid scams, I’d recommend booking the taxi via a taxi app, rather than getting a random taxi off the street. In the app, you will also see the price that you are expected to pay.
The hike itself was not super steep, but it did require jumping over some stones, however, definitely a good hike for beginners, as it is not very long. On the picture below, you can see a bridge, we crossed during the hike. The nature was beautiful!
Reaching Boyana waterfall
After a little less than an hour, we reached Boyana waterfall. Here, there were a lot of people hanging out after hiking all the way up. Understandable! If you find an empty spot to sit, this is a great place to take a break and be happy about making it this far before heading down again.
Making your way to a viewpoint with great views of Sofia
After reaching the waterfall, you could either hike back the way you came from or opt for another route. Going back the way you just came from seems kind of lame, so instead of doing that, you can continue your walk to an incredible view point instead. This path is also much less steep and while it might take a little bit longer, it is also much easier to walk.
From the view point, your hike will continue down hill. In the end, you can end up back at Boyana church, just where you started. But that also depends on which arrows you follow. Walking downhill, you will notice a sign to Boyana lake at some point. It is not much of a detour, so I’d suggest also stopping here for a minute or two. It is not really a lake you would want to swim in, but quiet and peaceful, so nice to have a look at it as well.
Finishing up the Boyana waterfall hike
From Boyana lake, it was probably just a 15-minute walk back to the starting point of the hike. But don’t quote me one that, it felt very short though. After walking done the hill a little, we found a couple of restaurants. The one we picked had some great views of the city, so we finished the hike with some well deserved beers and some food.
After recovering from the hike with a beer and some snacks, I felt like walking a little bit down hill first, since it would probably be a little easier to get a taxi from near the main road. On the way we met a beautiful German Shepard, and after I stopped to give him some water, he followed me around for about 20 minutes until we got in the taxi back. I just wanted to take him home, and been thinking about this dog ever since. Hopefully, he is doing well!
And this was my summary of the hike to Boyana waterfall in Sofia. Would you like to visit Boyana waterfall? Have you been to Sofia before?
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