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Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria with appr. 1.2 million people living here. During the winter Bulgaria is a popular destination for winter sports because of its mountains. In the summer, from June to September the coast at the Black Sea is very popular. For gay-lesbian travelers the best time to visit Sofia is from early April to end of October. Sofia does not have gay bars, dance clubs or cafés for a specific audience, like a leather bar for example. Everyone goes to the same places, and most of the bars and clubs are in the center of Sofia, in the first and second district.

For the gay and lesbian traveler, Sofia has a limited selection of gay hotels and guesthouses mainly located in the center of the city. There is a good selection of gay friendly hotels, inns and guesthouses to choose from ranging in price and amenities from budget to deluxe.

The Sofia Gay Guide has good information about baths and saunas, restaurants, bars and clubs, groups and associations, as well as gay listings for Bulgarias countryside.

Today there are many archaeological sites in Sofia, that display the city's diverse history - the castle gates and towers of Serdica, public buildings and streets thousands of years old. Many streets, buildings, parks, and even whole neighborhoods preserve the architectural style from the turn of the century. Since ancient times the city was famous for the abundance of cold and thermal mineral water springs in and around it and still available today. You will probably find the center of Sofia more accessible by tram, bus, or trolley bus than by car due to the shortage of parking space.

A word of caution…
Since Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has had to comply with EU human rights standards such as the ban on all forms of negative discrimination, including sexual orientation. However, non-discrimination is still a far cry from equal rights, and at the moment there are no provisions in Bulgarian law regarding civil unions or marriage for homosexual couples, and co-habiting partners cannot adopt children, nor do they have hospital visitation or inheritance rights. While other cities in Central and Eastern Europe have been holding gay ‘pride’ parades in the past few years, Sofia's first official pride parade in 2008 was marred by violence from extremists. However this year, 400 people marched peacefully through the city centre, a sign which hopefully shows that Bulgaria is becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians.

Gay visitors to Bulgaria, and especially Sofia, will find it a tolerant place, and actually much more open to homosexuality than many Eastern European countries. There are more than a handful of popular gay bars and clubs in the city, and homosexual couples can generally walk around the centre of the city safe from harassment.

So, for the gay and lesbian traveler in search of a city destination with culture, history, architecture, good dining and an evolving gay community, Sophia, Bulgaria has plenty to offer.

Sofia Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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