The apartments at Monastery Sofia are located right next to the gondola at Vitosha mountain, and mere minutes taxi ride from the centre of the city
Sofia is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, with a population of 1,246,791, and some 1,377,761 in the metropolitan area, the Capital Municipality. It is located in western Bulgaria, at the foot of the mountain massif Vitosha, and is the administrative, cultural, and industrial centre of the country. One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. Sofia has had several names in the different periods of its existence, and remnants of the city's millenary history can still be seen today alongside modern landmarks.
Sofia's development as a significant settlement owes much to its central position in the Balkans. It is situated in western Bulgaria, at the northern foot of the Vitosha mountain, in the Sofia Valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Three mountain passes lead to the city, which have been key roads since antiquity, connecting the Adriatic Sea and Central Europe with the Black and Aegean Seas. A number of low rivers cross the city, including the Vladayska and the Perlovska. The Iskar River in its upper course flows near eastern Sofia. The city is known for its numerous mineral and thermal springs. Artificial and dam lakes were built in the last century. It is located 150 km (90 miles) northwest of Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, 390 km west of Burgas, 470 km (294 miles) west of Varna, Bulgaria's major port-cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
|Mean daily maximum temperature (°C)||2.2||4.9||9.8||15.7||20.3||23.5||25.9||26.0||22.6||16.6||9.6||4.1||15.1|
|Mean daily minimum temperature (°C)||-4.9||-2.9||0.3||4.8||9.0||12.1||13.8||13.4||10.4||5.7||1.2||-2.7||5|
|Mean total rainfall (mm)||28||31||38||51||73||75||63||51||38||35||48||40||572|
|Mean number of rain days||10||10||10||12||14||13||10||8||7||7||9||11||121|
|Source: World Weather Information Service|