The Bulgarian town of Plovdiv is situated along the two banks of Maritza River and surrounded by a number of picturesque hills called “tepés” by the locals. Allegedly the eighth oldest city in the world – Plovdiv was originally a Tracian settlement before becoming a major Roman area. Lucian, a famous writer in ancient Rome describes it as:
”This is the biggest and loveliest of all cities. Its beauty shines from faraway”
Plovdiv is a suitable place for anyone who is keen on history, enjoys creative activities and appreciates the beauty of Mother Nature. The warm climate and hospitality of the locals will surely immerse you in the great, carefree atmosphere of the city. One of the main attractions that you should not skip is the Old Town. You will be amazed by the unique architecture, archaeological sites, museums, art galleries, old houses and public buildings. The Old Town of Plovdiv is a popular venue for concerts and exhibitions, casual and business meetings, sightseeing or just strolling around. When you visit the Old Town don’t miss to get on top of Nebet Tepé and take a picture of the amazing view. It is also worth climbing the Youth hill and taking a ride on the Children’s railway. Graffiti artists had painted the large space inside the tunnel for those who hop on the train.
If you are an artistic soul you can visit one of the many events held at the Ancient Roman Theatre such as opera, acoustic concerts, festivals, etc. For the sports lovers Plovdiv has a Rowing canal also known as the perfect place for long night walks and bike riding. The bridge which crosses the canal will remind you of the famous ’Bridge of Sighs’ in Venice. It’s a tradition for couples to lock love padlocks on the railings and throw the key in the water as a sign of eternal loyalty.
Plovdiv is well known for the art district “Kapana” which is dedicated to the creative industries. The little streets in this area are part of the city’s pedestrian zone. Tiny buildings resembling the ones in Amsterdam are colorfully painted and full of life with people smiling everywhere. You will find galleries, workshops, ateliers, studios, cozy tiny restaurants and shops where you can have lunch or buy handmade souvenirs.
I strongly recommend you to see the wonderful dance of the “Singing Fountains” in Tsar Simeon’s Garden. The spectacle starts in the evening and the light show with special water effects lasts for about half an hour. After that you can enjoy a walk along the main street of Plovdiv, get an ice cream or a beer and leave all your problems behind.
Plovdiv is a place where everybody can find something interesting to do. This city will bring you back to Bulgaria before you even notice.
Article written by Diana Pantcheva