Probably one of the reasons I love Sofia so much is that it is surrounded by such beautiful nature and it offers many options for weekend escapes from the city crowd within less than an hour. One of my favorite places for a weekend escape is Pancharevo lake.
Pancharevo lake is located about 12 km from the city center. In the past, it was a rowing training base but now it is open to the public. Pancharevo lake is easily accessible even with public transport. You can take the metro line which goes to Tsarigradsko shose stop and from there, there are two buses number 1 and 3 which go directly to the lake.
The area around the lake is a bit reminiscent of the socialist period, and nature is fabulous, perfect for a wonderful day out to explore and relax. There are a lot of things to do at the lake and around it ranging from a lazy drive with a water wheel or boat, a picnic near the lake, just a walk around or go further and take a bike trip there, you choose.
In the summer if you feel hot you can always jump in the nearby swimming complex “Korali” (check the Korali article). And in the autumn you can enjoy a walk through the diverse warm colored trees and collect some sunlight for the cold winter. Isn’t that a perfect place for a relaxing weekend? I don’t know about you but for me it is!