Plovdiv, ancient and wonderful

Plovdiv is believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe. The city has truly survived the test of time. As recently as last year Plovdiv was named European Capital of Culture and during the whole of 2019, the city proudly presented the best of Bulgarian music, art, and history.

A city known by many names

Our short history tour starts in Pulpudeva, part of the Odrysian Kingdom and home to many Thracian tribes. Later in 341 BC, the city was renamed to Philippopolis after its conquest by Philip II of Macedonia. Name changed again in 46 AD, when Plovdiv became Trimontium the capital of the Roman province of Thrace. Named after its unique positioning within three hills: Nebet hill, Dzhambaz hill, and Taksim hill.

2019 European Capital of Culture

Plovdiv famous for its Roman theatre built in the 1st century AD  hosted the “Opera Open” music festival proudly presented by the State Opera Plovdiv. It was during July and August of 2019 when visitors and guests of Plovdiv had a chance to enjoy Verdi’s (Rigoletto, Otello, Aida) and Tchaikovsky’s (Swan lake) famous operas.

Other places to visit in Plovdiv include BeeBop Café – famous jazz club which together with Boris Hristov House of Culture co-hosted Plovdiv Jazz Fest in November 2019.

The rowing canal in Plovdiv is an outstanding area for sports and recreation activities. The canal is the largest rowing canal in the Balkans located in the West District of Plovdiv. Every year in June, the canal hosts the “Hills of Rock” festival, three stages each offering different music genres and sounds. The headliner in 2019 was Whitesnake followed by Disturbed and Garbage all bands from the USA.

Kapana Creative District is an area in the city center with streets entangled like a maze where the name comes from – “Kapana” means a maze in Turkish. The European Capital of Culture program brought infrastructure improvements and help the area become one of the most attractive and vibrant artistic centers in the country.

Plovdiv is an ancient city

The Roman Stadium in Plovdiv dates back to the beginning of the 2nd century AD and is approximately 240m long and 50m wide. At present only the northern part with its marble seats is accessible to tourists. The World Fest Plovdiv 2019 took place here. The legendary Grammy-nominated Juan Garcia – Herreros and his band headline the stage.

The Old Town of Plovdiv is an area of architectural and historical importance featuring beautiful houses from the middle of the 18th century, a period known as the Epoch of Bulgarian Revival. This is where the festival of ethnic culture “Puldin Ethno” took place back in July 2019. The main events of the festival were positioned at various locations in the old town, including a presentation of traditional cuisines and a street bazaar of herbs, honey, spices, aromas, antique books, paintings, souvenirs, and musical instruments.

Visit Plovdiv

You can visit Plovdiv by booking a Ryanair flight to Plovdiv airport. The city is easily accessible (1h 30 min drive) from Sofia by car.

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