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About Plovdiv - crossroad of history, culture and picturesque nature
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, located along the sides of the river Maritsa. It is very important administrative, economic, commercial, tourism and transportation centre in the country. It is also the oldest city in Europe and the beginning of its history dates since 4 000 years B.C.
Plovdiv has a modern vision with an ancient atmosphere which attracts a lot of tourists every day with its cultural and archaeological heritage. The International Fair brings also a lot of business travellers.
In 2011 “The Daily Telegraph” announced Plovdiv as the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe and 6th in the world. In 2012 Plovdiv took 3rd place (following Rome and Athens) in the ranking “Top 10 Most Beautiful Ancient Cities in the World”, and in 2013 became a member of World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF). And in 2015 "The Lonely Planet" chose Plovdiv as one of the 10 best cities to travel in 2015!
Attractions in Plovdiv
The city has plenty of attractions and places to visit, the most popular of them is the Ancient city of Plovdiv.
Known as The Old Town, it is a well-preserved complex, where you will meet different historical ages and ancient buildings when walking through the cobbled streets. The place has retained the unique spirit from prehistoric, Thracian, Hellenic, Roman, Late Antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance and post-Liberation period to the present days. Most important attractions from the Roman and Ancient period are The Amphitheater, Ancient Forum, the Roman stadium, early Christian basilicas and other public and private buildings. Authentic architecture is preserved also from the Renaissance period.
Ancient Theater of Philippopolis is one the most interesting and attractive cultural centres in Bulgaria. It was built in the second century during the Roman emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus (53 – 117 y). After three centuries, it was destroyed in an attack on the city. However, the theatre has been preserved in its original architectural plan. It is partially restored, with about 3,500 seats.
The city was built around seven hills (the hills of Plovdiv) – discover all of them and the amazing view of the city! One of the things, you definitely must do when visiting Plovdiv is to go to the top of Nebet or Danov Tepe and take a picture of the oldest living city in Europe!
International Plovdiv Fair
Plovdiv Fairground is one of the largest exhibition venues in Southeast Europe, where are held the most important trade forums countrywide, of which different producers appear on the international market. All year at the fair are organized 40 exhibition events, involving more than 8 000 exhibitors from over 60 countries.
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Culture in Plovdiv
Plovdiv is famous as "Cultural capital of Bulgaria"! Except for all attractions and places to visit, the city offers rich events calendar, a lot of galleries, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, opera and theatre performances, concerts, public libraries and community centres. Because of this Plovdiv was well-deserved elected as The European Capital of Culture for the 2019 year.
Hotels in Plovdiv
To meet the demand of every visitor, Plovdiv offers a different type of accommodation options- business hotels, private apartments, boutique hotels, guesthouses. Top 3 hotels in Plovdiv that we recommend:
- Landmark Creek Hotel, 4 stars- takes 1 place in TripAdvisor’s Travelers choice
- Imperial Hotel & SPA, 4 stars - one of the most preferred and recommended hotels in Plovdiv
- Expo Hotel, 3 stars - near the International Fair - very good for business travelers
Where to eat in Plovdiv?
Plovdiv is a favourite place for young people and family with kids, business travellers and tourists. That’s why there is a huge choice of restaurants and a place to eat. The places that will impress you with its charm are:
- Beerhouse Jägerhof - famous place to have a beer in Plovdiv with the typical Bavarian atmosphere. You can try Bulgarian cuisine and Bavarian dishes when enjoying the unique spirit.
- Restaurant Megdana - located in the central part of Plovdiv. It is built in traditional style and offers each evening Bulgarian folklore program and DJ.
- Restaurant Hemingway - offers two halls and lobby bar, cosy and refined atmosphere and of course a variety of good cuisine.
Transportation to Plovdiv
Plovdiv is an important transport centre of Bulgaria and main link between the capital Sofia with Istanbul and the Aegean Sea. International Airport Plovdiv has located 12 km from the city which is the most convenient way to reach the city.
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Plovdiv is doubtless a must-see because it worth it to walk around the remnants of long-forgotten civilizations and feel its unique atmosphere. Do not forget to check our offer when planning your trip to Plovdiv!