Bulgaria’s capital Sofia is a city that’s often overlooked, yet rewards exploration. Scattered with lush green parks and gardens, it nestles in the shadow of Mt. Vitosha, a hiking and winter sports destination. Roman ruins, onion-domed churches, neoclassical architecture, and Byzantine relics (including the Boyana Church UNESCO World Heritage Site) compete for attention with communist-era brutalist architecture. Gourmets will love Sofia’s burgeoning indie wine scene and Bulgaria’s unique varietals, the fruit of thousands of years of wine culture.