Sofia - the insider`s guide
Entertainment & Sport

Cinemas
For foreigners who are used to paying a small fortune to go to the cinema at home, the low ticket price is a delightful surprise. Moreover most of the foreign-language films are subtitled rather than dubbed, so you can enjoy the film in its original language. Note that childrens films however tend to be dubbed these days. (Cinema listings in English can be found every Friday in The Sofia Echo)

Arena Multiscreen
8 Tsaritsa Ioanna Blvd, t. 920 9999
Arena 2
Mladost 4, Sofia Business Park
Kino Centre
(Independent cinema) 108 Rakovski St., t. 987 6580
Mall of Sofia
Stamboliiski Blvd. 12 screens plus IMAX
City Center Sofia
2 Arsenalski Blvd. 6 screens.

For the Young Ones:

Kokolandia
Adventure playground in the Borissova Gradina behind the Park Hotel Moskva. There are three trails, one for kids 5-10 year olds, one for 10-18 year olds and one for adults. There is also a climbing wall and a zip wire, a crazy golf course and toddler’s playground.

Open daily from May till October 9.00-21.00hrs (or until it gets dark).

Patilantsi
Mladost III, Philip Avramov Blvd. Indoor and outdoor amusement area primarily for the under 10 age group. Tokens for all rides must be bought at the cash office.

Puppet Theatre
14 Gurko St.
The performances are quite fun, featuring a mixture of real actors with silly voices and puppets. The plays are based on classic chil¬dren’s tales but often with a contemporary element. The language may prove to be a barrier, unless your child has picked up some Bulgarian. There are two performances per weekend day throughout the school year.

Sofia Zoo
Simeonovsko Shosse
Exhibits include lions, tigers, panthers, elephants, hippos, rhinos and bears. The admission charge is low and children always appreciate an outing here.



Sports

Bowling Alleys
Galaxy Bowling, 1 Bulgaria Blvd.,
t. 9166590. 11.00-24.00
X-treme Bowling, 12 Anton Naidenov St.,
Studentski Grad, t. 9692600. 12.00-04.00 also at Sky City.
All of these offer modern automated lanes are great fun for all the family.

Outdoor Pools
Maria Luisa, Borisova Gradina Closed for repairs.

Dianabad Sports complex, 1 Nikola Gabrovski St.,
Dianabad district One large 50m pool and a couple of smaller pools.
Open 8 - 20.00hrs Admission weekdays 3 BGN, weekends 4 BGN

Spartak Pool, 4 Arsenalski Blvd.

Victoria, 12-14 Pencho Slaveikov Blvd., (next to Captain Cook)
Pleasant outdoor pool in the centre of town.
Open 8 -18.00hrs. Admission 6 BGN / 8 BGN includes umbrella and sun lounge.

Korali Mineral Pool, Pancharevo district next to the old baths
Beautiful setting on the banks of the lake, with a separate children’s pool which is pleasantly warm. Bankia Mineral Pool, in the centre of Bankia about 20km from Sofia.



Indoor Pools
Finding a good pool, especially indoors for all the family (i.e. with paddling pool and shallow end), is very difficult, but many of the bigger hotels have their own indoor pools, which are open to outsiders and are at least clean, though admission fees are higher. Why not try the new Spa & Fitness Centre at the Holiday Inn in Mladost or the Fitness Centre at the Greenville Hotel, 36 Atanas Dukov St., t.819 1717 where they offer daily sessions of aqua aerobics? The pool at the Kempinski Hotel is also popular with expats and at the Princess Hotel there is a separate shallow pool for children.

Squash
Easy Club, Studenski Grad, t.9622223
Victoria, 12-14 Pencho Slaveikov Blvd., below the Captain Cook restaurant
Maleevi Tennis Club, Vaptsarov Blvd.

Tennis
DEMA, 19 Alex.Malinov Blvd., Mladost
Maxi, 110 Simeonovsko Shosse, t. 962 2269.
Maleeva Tennis Club, Vaptsarov Blvd. Membership club. www.maleevaclub.com
Weekly summer daycare for kids with 4 hours of tennis a day.

Golf
St.Sofia Golf Club, just 20km from Sofia. t.943 4505
Club Air Sofia, at Ihtiman, 60km from Sofia t.981 09 25

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