Ex Olympic Swimming Complex "Red Flag"

Ovcha Kupel, Bulgaria

The 'Ex Olympic Swimming Complex "Red Flag"' is a historic location nestled in the heart of the Ovcha Kupel area in Sofia, Bulgaria. This once prestigious facility hosted numerous swimming competitions, including Olympic training sessions, making it a site of significant sporting heritage. Today, it stands as an evocative relic of Bulgaria's Olympic aspirations, offering a unique backdrop that captures the spirit of past athletic glories amidst its now serene environs.

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The Ex Olympic Swimming Complex "Red Flag" is highly accessible, located within the urban confines of Sofia. Public transportation options, including buses and trams, provide easy access to the site. Vehicle access is straightforward with ample parking available for cars and production vehicles alike. The area enjoys robust mobile network coverage, ensuring constant connectivity for media production teams. No specialized guides are required for access, but local knowledge can enhance the experience.

Services nearby

The complex is situated within Sofia, ensuring easy access to accommodation, gas stations, medical facilities, restaurants, and shopping. A wealth of options cater to diverse needs, supporting prolonged media production activities in the vicinity.
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Gas station
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Hospital or emergency room
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Basecamp and facilities

Nearby parking and spots for basecamps are available, leveraging the complex's infrastructure. While on-site facilities such as toilets may be limited, the urban location ensures easy access to temporary solutions and rentals.

Risk factors

Potential risks include the structural integrity of aging facilities and the need for caution around disused swimming pools. The urban setting requires mindful coordination to avoid disrupting local activities.


The complex is not a major tourist attraction, allowing for undisturbed production schedules. Visitations tend to fluctuate, with local interest peaking during events or media coverage.

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