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Sofia is touted as one of the cheap­est Euro­pean cap­i­tals for a hol­i­day, but it is rich with ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tions – en­joy lazy am­bling strolls at the sprawl­ing Borisova Grad­ina Park, full of pines, hot­houses and fish lakes, or go back in time with trips to the Turk­ish Sofia Min­eral Baths, and the Ro­man ru­ins of the third-cen­tury Am­phithe­atre of Serdica.

The past and present con­tinue to over­lap in this city and a per­fect ex­am­ple is the new five-star Arena Di Serdica ho­tel that has been erected on the ru­ins of the an­cient am­phithe­atre. While you dis­cover the sto­ries about the em­per­ors and dy­nas­ties that once oc­cu­pied the relics, make your own love story with the Ro­man­tic Week­end pack­age. It in­cludes a room dec­o­rated with flow­ers, candles, home-made choco­late, din­ner and com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to the sauna, steam bath and re­lax zone, and late 3pm check-out.

From Dh275 per night for shar­ing dou­ble room. Call 00359 2810 7788, email reser­va­tions@are­nadis­

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