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Bulgaria Pollution?

I’m considering travel to Bulgaria and have read that Sophia is the most polluted European capital. Has anyone traveled there and experienced this?

Posted by
1255 posts

Just depends. Sofia is in a valley, sometimes there is an inversion layer that traps the nastiness, sometimes not. It's certainly not like China or something. Sofia is a city only people who have done no research about Bulgaria stay in anyway.

Posted by
2231 posts

I spent several days in Sofia, enjoyed it very much, and at least at that time, never sensed that it was particularly polluted. Air seemed fine. I loved Bulgaria!

Posted by
3904 posts

I've been to Sofia in September, never felt that it was any different to any other major city.

Posted by
58 posts

It may be the most polluted capital, but far from the most polluted city.

Anyway, we're not talking Asian levels of pollution here, like in China and India. It must be pretty bad for the locals who are constantly exposed to the pollution, but it won't be a huge effect on you if you're spending only a couple of days.

Posted by
10675 posts

I've been to Sofia a couple of times and didnt notice it being any worse than Rome. Of course that's not a complement. Very interesting city, do some research before you go and you will find it fascinating. I dont think tourists spend enough time in Sofia. But after a couple of nights get out and see the rest of the country. Fascinating and beautiful country.

Posted by
96 posts

The Balkan capitals are generally polluted cities.Belgrade, Skopje and Sofia are known to be the worse.