September 28, 2020

Bulgarian superstitions and curious traditions – Part 2

Superstitions have always been passed through generations and all of us have had our fair share of them throughout our lives. Either you had relatives with strong beliefs towards them, or they were just part of your culture. We have already introduced you to some of Bulgaria’s superstitions and curious traditions in this article. Let’s check more! Some of them are quite silly, but others are rather interesting, so here are some of the typical Bulgaria superstitions. “Every day” superstitions Did you know that… Leaving bread upside down is believed to bring misfortune and bad attitude in the house? Some Bulgarians don’t even give salt to their neighbors, due to the belief that by doing so, they are giving part of the family happiness? Usually, swallows are signs of spring, but if one decides to make its nest on the roof of your house in Bulgaria, it’s said that peace and tranquility will come to that home? If you sneeze, then someone is for sure talking about you? Is your […]
September 16, 2020

Bulgarian autumn – colorful fairytale near Plovdiv

Bulgaria is a country happy to have four distinct seasons. All of them have their charm and beauty. Having a magnificent nature we can enjoy picturesque sceneries all year. Since the Bulgarian autumn is very colorful and impressive, one quickly forgets the sadness over the hot summer days. Plovdiv is a city where summer continues until the end of September. If you are visiting after that don’t be alarmed. The town itself is beautiful and cozy in this season, but also, being in the central part of Bulgaria it is a perfect starting point for colorful autumn travels. Here are some ideas for a two-day autumn trip (or a weekend trip) an hour away from Plovdiv. Vrata village, Belintash and Karadzhov kamyk The village Vrata (Врата) is located in the Rhodope mountains, 46,5km from Plovdiv. Traveling by car you will need around one hour to reach it since part of the trip will be on some serpentines and you won’t be able to travel very quickly. There are several hotels […]
August 29, 2020

Free Walking Tours in Bulgaria

The concept of free walking tours is getting more and more popular around the world. And why not – there are so many good sides: Everyone can join It’s affordable You can choose when to join and leave It’s a wonderful introduction to a place that will give any guest a good idea on how to spend their time there In Bulgaria, free tours are also getting more and more popular. Here are the ones you can join while you travel around our country. !!! Important: Due to the coronavirus crisis we advise you to always check the websites of the tours or contact them via phone to make sure when and if they are happening. Free Walking Tours in Sofia Most tourists arrive in the capital since it’s where Bulgaria’s biggest airport is. Sofia can offer many beautiful sights and interesting history you should definitely explore. Therefore, you can find a wide variety of tours you can join for free. The Free Sofia Tour: As the Free Plovdiv Tour, it’s […]
August 19, 2020

Alternative Bulgarian Souvenirs

We, the tour guides of the Free Plovdiv Tour, are extremely lucky as we have had the chance to meet people from all over the world. We have shared our knowledge with them and they have done the same by revealing to us the culture of their homelands. In addition to that, all of us have also received unique gifts that brought us even closer to our guests (find out more by checking our Gifts and souvenirs from tourists article) and left us with memories for a lifetime. We know how important the gifts and souvenirs from a place are. They can help us capture a special moment and relive experiences we have had years ago. This is why we are now sharing with you a list of alternative Bulgarian souvenirs that you can bring back to your friends and families. Onions and violets No, we are not talking about the spicy vegetable and the flower. We are giving you a hint to buy typical Bulgarian candy because- who doesn’t […]
August 5, 2020

The best summer activities in Plovdiv

It’s summer and you are in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This means one thing – it is hot. The temperatures in our city can be quite high in this season, reaching around 40C. So, let’s see which are the best summer activities in Plovdiv that will keep you cool and will provide some fun memories! Aqualand Plovdiv It’s a favorite place of kids and adults! This amazing aquapark is situated on 17 000 sq. meters and offers a big variety of slides and pools. To be exact, in Aqualand Plovdiv you can choose between 6 different pools and around 15 slides. Surely everyone can find what they like since all the attractions are different – some will give you a big adrenalin rush, others are calmer, but still fun to go on. King Cobra, The Rocket and Kamikaze are probably the most thrilling ones, but you better try for yourself. Pools In and near Plovdiv one can find those oases of joy and coolness in a hot summer day – swimming pools. […]
July 19, 2020

How to reach Plovdiv’s center if you have just arrived

You just arrived in Bulgaria’s second-biggest city and you can’t wait to walk around its center. After all, you have heard amazing things about the place. Also, you are in a hurry – you don’t want to miss the Free Plovdiv Tour which is as awesome as the city itself! Arriving at Central Railway Station Against your own better judgment and everything bad you have heard about the Bulgarian trains, you decided to travel this way. Probably, after all, you will be happy with your trip thanks to all the wonderful views you will get on the way. But now you have to make your way to the city center. Don’t worry – you are not far away. Only 1,4 km or 18 minutes walking. Walking to the city center When you come out in front of the building of the Central Railway Station (Bulgarian: Централна ЖП гара) turn your back on it. You will see an underpass on your right and a roundabout behind it. Take the underpass in […]
June 27, 2020

5 places in Plovdiv for amazing photographs

With technology developing so fast, taking photographs has never been easier. Even if you don’t have a high-tech camera, many phones can do pretty decent pictures. Even if that’s not your profession or your hobby, with some basic skills you can amaze your friends with the photos you took for a memory from a place you visited. Magnificent Plovdiv will make it even easier for you because we have prepared 5 ideas for another very important ingredient for a beautiful picture – LOCATION! Photographs on a tepe Plovdiv is famous for its hills (called tepes or тепета in Bulgarian). Heights are always a good idea for a picture as long as they provide a panoramic view. In our city, you can get that by climbing to the top of Nebet tape, Sahat tape, Bunarzhik tape, or Dzhendem tepe. If you combine your effort to climb a hill with a dramatic cloudy sky, or a colorful sunset you will get some stunning results. Tsar Simeon’s Garden The garden was supposed to […]
June 18, 2020

10 Bulgarian seaside destinations for every taste

One of the biggest prides of Bulgaria are its beautiful beaches. From the northernmost Durankulak to the southernmost Rezovo, there are countless places – big and small, more or less famous, where you can soak up some sun. So here are the top 10 Bulgarian seaside destinations that cater to all tastes. Seaside destinations for history geeks Historical heritage may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are searching for a summer holiday destination. But if you find the prospect of lying on the beach for a week with nothing much to do rather daunting, these two towns may have just the right mix of history and chill. Nessebar Nessebar is over three millennia old. Its old town is situated on a peninsula, which is joined to the mainland by a thin sliver of land. Part of the list of UNESCO, this beautiful town showcases a motley collection of scenic ruins. Its biggest pride are the beautiful churches in various states of repair, the oldest of […]
June 4, 2020

Base yourself in Plovdiv for a post-coronavirus Bulgarian trip

Good news for everyone that loves to travel, explore new places, and find new destinations! As of the beginning of June, most of the travel restrictions on the Old continent are getting eased. Finally, the world is slowly going back to “normal” after the coronavirus situation. The number of new cases is declining, boarders are being open and you feel the need to travel. And we have the destination for you – Bulgaria! Why should you choose Bulgaria? It’s not crowded Social distancing is the way to keep yourself and other people safe from the coronavirus. Well, on a territory of 111m2 Bulgaria is having a population of 7 million people. The capital Sofia is the only city with more than a million inhabitants. Also, Bulgaria became more of a popular destination for travelers in the late years. So the chance to find yourself in a big crowd of tourists is very slim. It’s affordable Many people experienced a job crisis during the last months. But if you still don’t […]