An ancient and modern city.
An ancien and modern city... yes it is! Shure oneself should visit the old town the hills.. there is planty ot things ..to do and to see.. but do not be in ahury.. ti see and understand the area it doesnot take just a hour or so you would waste your time otherwice.. Im living there!
Not that there are many places...
Not that there are many places to go, but the Main Street (Glavnata)is always buzzing with life. It is a long and wide pedestrian-only street, which cuts through the center of town. Tons of shopping and caffes line both sides of the street, but watching the people is the most interesting activity. They all have come out with exactly the same purpose, so do not shy away. Meeting unexpected friends in the middle of the street!
Only In Bulgaria!
This is another bit of local colour that caught my eye in my wanderings. This woman was sweeping up the leaves along the kerb of the main Hristo Botev thoroughfare in the middle of the city. When she'd swept enough to make a pile she'd put down her traffic cone in front of the oncoming cars whilst she swept the leaves into her sack. Not something that you'd even dream of attempting in Sofia!
Clothes and shoes
Good shoes, preferably, hiking boots. Streets are cobble stone and there are 7 hills to climb, some of them you will go over sandy or muddy paths. Nebet Tepe is a bit steep and rockey. It can get very hot in summer, since its land climate, get dressed for temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius
Take A Trip To Levski's Birthplace - Karlovo
For those interested in Bulgarian history the mountain town of Karlovo is well worth a visit.
This is the birthplace of Bulgaria's most celebrated revolutionary hero, Vasil Levski (more about whom you'll find by following the above link) and is also the centre of the Bulgarian rose oil industry.
I've only done the Levski bit but by all accounts the annual Rose Festival (usually mid July) is attended by tens of thousands of local-ish visitors and features traditional "Kolkeri" perfomances.
Buses run hourly from Plovdiv's South (Yug) station with a journey time of about 1 hour twenty minutes.