The often overlooked Bulgarian capital is one of Europe's cheapest cities, earning visitors more bang for their buck. Onion domed churches, Ottoman structures and Soviet era buildings are reminders of Sofia's past. On your city break, consider the Free Sofia Tour where English speaking volunteer guides lead participants through yellow-hued clay cobblestone boulevards. At some point, you'll see 1800 year-old remnants of the underground Roman city of Serdica. Hypnotic Gregorian chants by Orthodox priests and century old frescoes reward visitors to the cavernous Alexander Nefsky Cathedral, Sofia's unrivalled centrepiece. The city's parks are alive with chess players, buskers and tango dancers getting some practice under the sun. Sofia thrills culture travellers with its myriad art spaces, indie theatres and local clubs where regulars perfect their folkdance moves. Should you wish to escape the city for a bit, Mt Vitosha's glorious ski slopes and hiking trails are a short bus ride away. No weekend break to Sofia is complete without trying the local rakia with a reported forty percent alcohol content!