Ariana lake is one of the best known spots in Sofia. Sofia residents, as well as visitors of the capital, select the location for walks and rest. Today, the lake and the nearby park have been restored and offer various leisure activities.
Construction of the facility began shortly after Bulgaria gained its independence and ended in 1904. A bridge connecting the alleys to a small island was set up at that time. Shortly after, the lake turned into one of the most liked places in Sofia.
During the summer, visitors can enjoy the coolness of the lake in a boat and the winter offers ice skating opportunities. In the 30s of the 20th century, the lake gained even more popularity since increasing number of people got involved in winter sports.
In the 60s and the 70s, Ariana became one of Sofia’s symbols. Thousands of people gathered there, especially during weekends.
The lake had to be dried up because of renovation works in the 80s. Unfortunately, renovation began only 20 years later.
In 2007, Sofia municipality and private investors renewed the spot and set up several entertainment spots and restaurants. Two areas were constructed specially for children. One is for youngsters aged up to five and the second provides facilities that are more suited for older children.
Water attractions like boats and paddling cost as little as three leva per 15 minutes or five leva per half an hour. One of the interesting facilities that can be rented is called barbecue. It resembles a boat but its shape is circular. A table has been placed at the center so that the boat is suitable for a picnic.
A bar and a fast food and beer spot function at Ariana. A third one is to open soon on the small island. Food and drinks can be obtained at many other locations near the attractions.
The lake and the park have been noise isolated and the sounds of the nearby Evlogi Georgiev boulevard cannot disturb your rest. The special panels have been decorated with photos that tell the story of the lake from its creation to present day. Borisova Gradina park starts in the area. The park has many monuments, rest spots and an open-air stage that hosts many events during the summer.