Plovdiv, Bulgaria

After an amazing six days in Sofia, Bulgaria I hopped on a train to a nearby city called Plovdiv.  Plovdiv is located in the south central part of Bulgaria and it’s about a three hour train ride from Sofia.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from my visit, but I was open minded and ready for a new adventure.  Just like Sofia, I was pleasantly surprised.

What a city!  What an amazing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities.  I absolutely loved my five days in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  Amazingly, Plovdiv’s history goes back 6,000 years.  Yes, that’s correct, 6,000 years!  It is currently ranked as one of the world’s oldest cities.  In its ancient past, Plovdiv has been a Thracian, Greek, and Roman city.  That makes this place very unique.  I could go on and on about it’s ancient past, but I am going to show you my highlights of the city and what I feel you should take the time to experience.

Ancient Theatre

Ancient Theatre

Ancient Theatre

One of my favorite places that I visited was the Ancient Theatre.  The theatre was built in the 2nd century by the Roman Emperor, Trajan (source taken from travel brochure).  The theatre was originally designed to seat 6,500 – 7,000 people.  Currently the theatre is used for festivals, plays, and other artistic shows.  The cost for entering the theatre is 5.0 Lev (2.5 euros).

Columns of the Ancient Theatre.

Columns of the Ancient Theatre.

Roman Stadium

Roman Stadium (model).

Roman Stadium (model).

The Roman Stadium is currently under construction so I did not have the opportunity to see the site in detail, but I saw enough to get some good photos and share my thoughts.  The stadium is located in the center of town on Knyaz Aleksandar I Street (which is the main street in town).  The stadium was also built in the 2nd century by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (source taken from travel brochure).  The stadium is said to be modeled after the stadium at Delphi.  During its glory days, the stadium could seat 30,000 spectators.  The cost for entering the stadium is also 5.0 Lev.

The Odeon

The Odeon

The Odeon

The Odeon of Philippopol has been cleared and currently demonstrates what some believe to be the old city hall.  It is believed to have been an important political and economic center of the city.  Unfortunately, when I tried to visit the site was closed due to a public holiday.  The site can be found on the central square near the central post office.  Access to the site is through Gurko Street.

The Old Town

The Old Town of Plovdiv has a lot to offer and you could spend an entire day walking around the area.  There are several art galleries, houses, and churches to visit.

The Houses of Old Town

The Unique Houses of Plovdiv.

The Assumption Cathedral

The Assumption Cathedral is worth a visit.  It can be found on Saborna Street on your way to the center of the old town and also on the way to the Ancient Theatre.  Pictures and video are not allowed inside the cathedral.

Gallery of The Old Town

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The Ancient Fortress of Nebet Hill

The fortress is located at the north end of Old Town and it also overlooks the 6 Septemvri Blvd. and the Marits River.  The fortress is in ruins but you can get some amazing photos from its high vantage p0int.  There are also some amazing patio bars and gifts shops located near the fortress.

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Where to Eat

Restaurant Chuchura

Of course, there are plenty of good places to eat and drink in Plovdiv, but I really enjoyed Chuchura.  It has an amazing atmosphere, a friendly owner, and the prices are perfect for travelers on a budget.

12, Otetz Paisii Street/email: rest.chuchura@gmail.com/phone:  35932623409

Where to Stay

Plovdiv Guest Rooms

I was able to pick a nice place to stay in Plovdiv.  The Guest Rooms are clean, modern, and charming.  The house is about a 20 minute walk to old town and it is located on Ivan Vazov Street which is only a five minute walk to the train station.  The owner is very friendly and helpful.  I enjoyed my time here and I highly recommend this place to anyone who really wants to experience Plovdiv for 4-5 days.  The Guest Rooms also offers free coffee and tea all day.

The address is:  29 Ivan Vazov Street, Plovdiv 4000/Phone:  359 8965 67475/email:  guest_rooms_plovdiv@abv.bg

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Extras

There are several other areas to visit in Plovdiv.  Below are a few areas to visit if you have the time.  Hopefully, you’re not a check box traveler and will allow yourself the proper time to experience this amazing city.

  1. Dondukov Garden
  2. Kapana (The Trap) cool area for food and drinks adjacent to the old town.
  3. Sahat Hill
  4. Tsar Simeon’s Garden

I enjoyed my time in Plovdiv and hope this post helps you plan your trip to this amazing city.  I highly recommend 3-4 days to experience all this city has to offer.  Enjoy!

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