Reasons to Visit Plovdiv, a hidden gem on the Balkans

(Last Updated On: February 5, 2018)

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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9 Comments

  1. Akamatra

    February 7, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve been to Bansko for skiing and I have had a taste of my neighbor country. Plovdiv seems really nice!

  2. Ann Snook

    February 7, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    This city looks gorgeous! It seems like the perfect retreat after visiting busier European cities.

  3. EG III

    February 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    This city looks stunning. Truly one of eastern Europe’s hidden gems that I will definitely add to my list of places to visit in Bulgaria.

  4. Ami Rose

    February 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Oh wow this looks like such a wonderful place to visit! I’d never even head of Plovdiv before. I love the brightly coloured buildings.

    Ami xxx

  5. Michele Dennis

    February 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I really love all the old buildings. Some of your pictures have a vintage feel, especially that one with what appears to be an outdoor market with the rugs. Again, beautiful!

  6. Stylooo

    February 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Just one word is enough for your post – ” Lovely Clicks”

  7. fashionandstylepolice

    February 8, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I would love to visit this place. It looks like a lovely place to visit.

  8. suchi

    February 9, 2018 at 3:57 am

    This city looks gorgeous! Bulgaria seems like the perfect retreat and much serene than other European countries.

  9. Kusum

    February 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I love how colorful and vibrant this place is! I am adding this place to my travel list
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

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