Plovdiv Travel Guide

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Plovdiv Highlights

  • Pro
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     good representation of unique Bulgarian Revival architecture; Roman amphitheatre; surprising modernity (if you're not from Bulgaria) 

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     always walking uphill 

  • In a nutshell
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     Plovdiv provides an interesting look at a city, country, and people in transition. 

Plovdiv Things to Do

  • old plovdiv

    The Old Town of Plovdiv is the main reason I wanted to visit this city. It’s an area full of cobbled streets that go up on a steep hill and we felt like we walked on an open air museum, it’s actually a city within the modern city. We started from Saborna street and then we got lost on the side streets, we had a small map but we didn’t really...

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  • amphitheatre

    The Roman theatre, also known as the Amphitheatre, was built under the reign of emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. It holds around 7.000 seats in different sections named after the city sections with the names engraved on the benches to guide the citizens where to sit. The theatre was sadly damaged by Attila the Hun in the 5th century. It is used...

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  • bachkovo monastery

    This is not a real tip for Plovdiv since Bachkovo is some 30km south of town but still close enough to be an easy excursion for half a day. The monastery was founded in 1083. It had its heyday during the Second Bulgarian Empire 1185 - 1396 but was ransacke

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Plovdiv Hotels

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Plovdiv Restaurants

  • the alafrangues

    This is a hotel with a restaurant, but I haven't been in the hotel, so I don't have opinion about it. I can say the restaurant is very good-the style and food are really amazing. The house is very strange, it is old-styled, with wooden floor and old furniture. It is very cozy and pleasant. Everything is good, but the baked pumpkin is a very good...

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  • puldin

    Perhaps the place to be. Located in the heart of the old town and build on the foundations of the Roman fortifications. In the cellar you can see parts of the old walls. The resaturant’s house has a history. At the place Islam monks had build a temple, which was later enlarged to function as buildings for the city’s government. In the communist...

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  • happy bar and grill

    This is a local chain that I ate in once in Plovdiv and once in Sofia. Indoor and outdoor seating. They advertise Italian, but I enjoyed their salads very much. They also serve full meals with meat as ordered. Had a Shepherds salad in Plovdiv that I couldn't finish and a very sweet desert. Yummy! The coffee, like almost everywhere in Bulgaria is...

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Plovdiv Nightlife

  • Club Alcohol

    The club doesn't exist anymore...I remember this club from my early teen ages. It has changed its name like 5-6 times and it has always been now very good place for having fun and dancing.There were live music sometimes and also they played short films from time to time. ( Future shorts - http://www.futureshorts.com/index.php?site=25)I hope that...

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  • Enjoying A Balmy Summer Evening

    Despite being in the city centre the Norris Hotel's garden is an oasis of relative calm in the late evenings. This is a smart, trendily furnished, meeting place for Plovdiv's younger set (with a few of us oldiies added for balance) but despite being relatively upscale drinks prices (provided you stick to the local stuff) aren't hugely...

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  • Club Pico

    The club used to be called Club 46.I haven't gone there since they changed it but what I've heart from people that have visited is that is still nice place.The music they play is the same:jazz, latin, rock, pop, rythm&blus, lounge, chillout.(the picture is from the old club) Casual,I guess

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Plovdiv Transportation

  • Going to/from Plovdiv by bus.

    There are three bus stations which might be of importance for you - Sever (Northern in English), tel: +359 (032) 953 011Avtogara Yug (Southern), tel:(032) 626 937the Rodopi, tel: (032) 657 828, ul. Dimitar Talev, off ul. Makedonia.You can get to Bachkovo Monastery from the latter one, Rodopi (which is in fact the name of the mountains south from...

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  • Arriving by train.

    There are two railway stations that can be useful for you, depending on where you are going. The Cental Railway Station ("Centralna Zhelezopatna Gara" in Bulgarian) serves the main line Sofia - Burgas and is probably the most useful one for you. It is situated 10 - 15 min on foot south of the city centre.There is also the Filipovo Railway Station...

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  • Plovdiv Airport.

    The airport is located 12km south-east of the town. A railway station is located 3km away from the airport and could be easily reached by shuttle bus.Low cost carrier Ryanair has as of autumn 2012 two lines to/from Plovdiv: London Stansted and Frankfurt-Hahn.

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Plovdiv Shopping

  • Bulgarian Spice

    We used the spice for years later on lamb chops. Can't get anything as good in Oz. I think they were 2 leva each

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  • Buying stamps.

    If you need stamps the only place to buy them is at the post office. The main office is at pl Tsentralna. As you enter there is a kiosk at your right where you can buy stamps, but the staff is most probably not English speaking at all. It is open every day except Sunday, on Saturday untill 19.00, weekdays even longer.

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  • Main Pedestrian streets

    Walking around the main pedestrian streets we noticed numerous stores, most of them with clothes, there are some upscale brands too. The prices a bit lower from Sofia and definitely much lower than other European countries. Ulitsa Knyaz Aleksander is the main commercial street but you can also try some side streets or ulitsa Hristo Danov where...

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Plovdiv Local Customs

  • Children's Day - June 1st 2011

    Since the World Conference on the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925 June 1st was officially adopted as International Children's Day. Some nations chose to ignore this but it was taken up wholeheartedly by the Socialist European Countries and here in Bulgaria it is quite a major event.Povdiv celebrated the day with gusto during my visit in...

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  • Summer Streetlife

    My two previous visits to Plovdiv had both been in the winter but this visit in early June let me see the city in, literally, an entirely different light.All along the main pedestrian street of Knaz Alexandr Battenberg the cafes and restaurants had spilled out onto the pavements in a burst of colour (the colours of the umbrellas of the various...

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  • What does "ayliak" mean?

    "Ayliak" is a Turkish word meaning somebody who is not busy with any work,free, even lazy. This word is mainly used in Plovdiv and specifically the expression "bichi ayliak" meaning "taking it easy". It doesn't mean that people in Plovdiv are lazy,it's just the calm atmosphere the city has,people are walking or sitting,chatting,eating ice...

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Plovdiv Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't talke about anti-Islam issue in...

    Last night, I posted about the anti-Islam rally happened in February and shared some pictures of the damaged mosque. And I found my "WonderingTourist" account deleted from Virtual Tourist. I signed in with another account now. It's really dangerous to talk about the anti-Islam issues happened in the city in this website. I lost all the posts, pics,...

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  • Look out for dogs!

    There are plenty of stray dogs "everywhere" in town. Just beware of them since many of them are mentally disturbed due to inbreeding. I have even seen some dogs attacking cars out in the streets!!

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  • STEEP streets in old town.

    The streets in old town can be very steep, and it just doesn't make it any better that they are cobbled streets with quite large cobble stones. The old town is absoloutely not wheelchair friendly or an easy task for a person with impaired mobility of any kind, not to mention high heeled shoes....I saw too many of the latter!

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Plovdiv Tourist Traps

  • Money

    Don't change any more money than you need to reach your hotel at the airport. In April the fixed rate for the Euro was 1.95 leva=1 Euro. At the airport they gave me only 1.65 leva to the Euro! Also best to use banks only to exchange money. Bring your passport with. Change only enough at the airport to reach your hotel. Not too much alternative...

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  • (house) museums

    Not strictly a trap, but some info to consider. The town has dozens of (house) museums. As for the museums some of them are a bit overrated and disappointing except when you are really into the subject it can excite you. The 3 museums mentioned on this page are worth visiting and prominent. As for house museums: remember that none of the displays...

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  • There are tones of them in...

    There are tones of them in Plovdiv. They are so nice and vivid people but some of them are stealing so well.

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Plovdiv What to Pack

  • An Umbrella.

    If you come and visit Plovdiv and it rains as it has done in May and begining of June 2012, you shall be prepared with a rain coat or an umbrella. I did not have any but I was very lucky because my friends borrowed one for me.

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  • 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

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  • Packing List

    Best to have one bag that you can carry alot but can carry anywhere with you. Good pair of sneakers in the fall, summer & spring. Pair of boots that you can walk distances with in the winter Digital Camera with a large memory stick. If you have a 5 megapixel camera, a memory stick over 512 mb

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Plovdiv Off The Beaten Path

  • hissarya resort

    You can find many spa’s in the surroundings of Plovdiv and Hissarya is the most famous spa town. It has 22 mineral springs. There are also ruins of a Roman fortress, the second largest Roman amphiteater of the country and ruins of Roman baths.

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  • bachkovo monastery

    Backlovo is a small village 30km south of Plovdiv that we easily reached by mini-bus in 40 minutes (Rodopi bus station is at the back side of the train station). With a ticket that costs 4leva (about 2 euro!) it was a great idea for a half day trip from Plovdiv. Backkovo is famous for its monastery (located at the edge of the village) which is the...

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  • the rhodopes

    The rocky plateau which rises 50 m up is an unusual and beautiful place,near the village of Sini Vruh 30 km in Plovdiv region. The plateau is strange and majestic because of its remarkable terraced niches, stony reservoirs, unusual system of canals, strange rocky rings, ancient staircase, mystic stony sphinx. Arriving at this place,you can see a...

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Plovdiv Sports & Outdoors

  • Watersport

    Plovdid has a large rowing canal, which is a good facility for rowing sports and other watersports. It is used for championships and competitions. Its also a popular place for jogging and skating. Along the lake there are café s to relax. The canal is build according the international standards and is 2 kilometres long, 120 meters wide and 3 metres...

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  • Fishing championship in Plovdiv 2003

    The 14 and 15 June will be the worrld team fishing championship in Plovdiv .. this what you see on the photo is the traning time 3 days before the start on saturday .. there will be 28 countries presented .. Im not how much fish they will cach because the forecast for the next days is for 33 C and up .. :) most important ... sun UMBRELA!!!!!!

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  • The Plovdivs rowing chanel /sport...

    It is a place where many peole go and relax, for joging, bycicling, or just for a wallk, there is also an nice caffe restaurant at the coast just the tables are of one step to the water .. .. it is one of my favorite places where i go ..in 2000 y. there was the world championship by water-jet /scuter/ it was great event!

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Plovdiv Favorites

  • old plovdiv

    There are many ways to walk the old town. Let me suggest a route. You start best at the ploshtat Dzhumaya. Here you can see the Dzumaya mosque. And you stand near the Roman Stadium. You can have a drink at the I Claudius café before you start. Go to the right and walk the Saborna street. Then turn to the right in Mitropolit Paisii street, where at...

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  • downtown

    Next to the old town Plovdiv has many sights to explore in the modern town. I would like to suggest a walk. As in the the old town route, you start at the ploshtat Dzhumaya – thus, this walk is fine to combine with the old town walk. Take a look at the Dzumaya mosque. Go along the Rayko Daskalov, turn to the right at Han Kubrat street where you see...

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  • main street

    The city is liveliest in early evening when the citizenry turns out for the korso, the traditional promenade. The favorite route is up and down Knyaz Aleksandar, downtown's main street, lined with shops, restaurants, bars, night clubs and sidewalk cafes. On almost any street, in either 'Old Town' or the modern city you will find friendly kafes...

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