Location, Climate: Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia is situated right in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. It is bounded by the Balkan Mountains, Vitosha Mountains, Lozen Mountain and Lyulin Mountain. Sofia features four distinct seasons with warm, sunny summers and cold, snowy winters. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, book a discount hotel between July and August when the weather is hot and dry. There is a wide range of discount hotels online. Brief History: Sofia is one of Europe's oldest cities. Archaeological remains that date back 7000 years ago were found in the city that proved human existence during the prehistoric period. Sofia was originally called Serdica which was derived from the Serdi tribe that occupied the area from the 1st century to the 4th century AD. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Sofia hosts numerous festivals annually, but the biggest film festival is the Sofia International Film Festival held in March. This important European film event gathers distinguished guests, celebrities, journalists and movie buffs. If you are in the mood for sightseeing, then make sure to include in your list Sofia's most remarkable structures such as St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is one of the largest orthodox churches in the world, the 4th century St. Sofia Church, and the Boyana Church complex which was named a World Heritage site. Transportation: Since the city center is compact, most attractions are within walking distance. Make sure to watch out for vehicles since the area is not pedestrianized. Taxis are the most convenient mode of transportation and affordable too. The Metro is perfect for traveling to other districts.