Reasons to Visit Plovdiv, a hidden gem on the Balkans
Plovdiv is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in southeastern Europe and that is a reason enough you should visit this place. The city has everything to offer to keep today’s urban explorers happy. Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria where you can find archeological treasures, arty neighborhoods and cool bars to hang out.
On our last visit to Sofia we took a day trip to Plovdiv. Many travelers would say you cannot understand Bulgaria unless you spend some time in Plovdiv. Its history makes this city one of the most charming old towns in Europe.
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Plovdiv-The Oldest City in The World
Plovdiv was founded around 8000 years ago, so this makes the city not only one of the oldest cities in Europe but in the entire world. You can find Ancient Roman theaters and Ottoman mosques all over the city.
Exploring the charms of the old town
Once you reach the old town of Plovdiv you will witness traditional architecture. The houses are a mixture of western and eastern styles and there are many you can visit too. You do not need a map here, just roam the narrow cobbled streets and you will find everything you need to see.
See Roman remains in Plovdiv
Plovdiv is a city where you can find a Roman stadium right in the center of the city. It is a beautiful sight where you can see just a part and hint that there is a lot going on underground just as you are walking around. Actually, this is the perfect place where you can start and continue uphill, where you can find the Roman Theater as well.
Explore the Kapana District
The Kapana district is known as Uzun Charshiya and it is a place where all craftsmen lived in the past. Today it is a district where old Plovdiv and new Plovdiv meet. You can find many trendy shops here in those tiny streets but also some handmade jewellery and health food stores. The locals call this neigbourhood “The Trap” and that is because of its narrow streets and hidden alleys where visitor usually get trapped, if they do not know the area very well.
Plovdiv-The City That Lies on Seven Hills
If you love the panoramic view of the cities than in Plovdiv you can find a few. There are 7 hills that rise a few hundred meters above the city offering some stunning views.
Visit and experience many churches
In Plovdiv you can find churches that date back from the eighth century. You can see that they are painted in frescoes not only inside but outside too.
Take a stroll along the pedestrian street
Plovdiv is a city that you can explore on foot. Its main pedestrian street is 1,7 km long with many different shops and cafes.
Join a free walking tour
Every day at 2 pm on the pedestrian street in front of the Municipality Building there is a free walking tour that you can join. This might be the easiest way to learn about the unique history of Plovdiv and see its main sights. Free walking tour is the best solutions especially if you come unprepared in the city.
You can check their website for more information regarding the walking tour.
I am really surprised of the fact that Plovdiv is usually off the tourist radar since this city is so enchanting. There is so much to see and so much to do. People there are so laid back and relaxed and in a way you absorb their vibe too. I think this is a reason enough to add Plovdiv to your bucket list, right?
Where to Stay in Plovdiv?
Many people visit Plovdiv on a day tour which is great, but in case you have more time at your hand you should stay longer and give the city the right amount of time it deserves. I know for sure that Plovdiv has a great night life, something you should definitely experience since Bulgarian people definitely know how to party.
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