December 22, 2021

What to do in Plovdiv around Christmas?

Plovdiv in wintertime is a delightful walk on the main street either on warmer, or snowier days, dining or drinking coffee in Kapana, or visiting a museum. We from Free Plovdiv Tour enjoy doing all of them! That’s why we decided to prepare a list for all the things we can guarantee you will love doing in our city around Christmas time! Visiting the Ice Rink The Ice Rink is in the very center of the city, where every winter we organize an ice-skating venue! Be sure to bring your warm clothes and child-like enthusiasm. Rent a pair of ice-skates and have some fun around the historic architecture on our main square. This will cost you 14 leva for around two and a half hours, plus 1 lev for the skates. Enjoy the hills Don’t get us wrong – they are beautiful all year round, but if you manage to go there on a clear day after it’s snowed you will love it. Beautiful for taking photos, going on a […]
August 18, 2021

Where to find useful information about Plovdiv online?

Being well informed is a good idea when you are traveling to a new town or a country. And sometimes it’s not about the common things any tourist or guest of the place would search for. Sometimes one is looking for more detailed and elaborate information on a curious part of the city’s culture or history. Of course, there are web portals everyone knows. Wonderful popular sites where you can get useful information about Plovdiv like Tripadvisor, Lonelyplanet, Wikipedia and so on. But let’s talk local! Who knows a city better than the locals? After all, only they will give you the added value of the cultural background to any kind of information. If you are looking to inform yourself well about Plovdiv and the local secrets, we recommend you several websites that provide interesting information in English. Here you will find all about landmarks, accommodation, restaurants, bars, shopping, trips nearby and useful tips. Plovdiv – a touch of art and history Those are the first words you read when […]
June 24, 2021

Alternative ways to travel around Plovdiv

Visiting an unknown town can be challenging when it comes to driving and using public transport. Luckily, there are alternative ways to travel around the city. Furthermore, all the ideas we introduce you to in this article are eco-friendly and actually good for the city. Rent an electric car – Spark Sometimes you travel with lots of luggage, with family and children. In such cases, a car is a more convenient way to travel. The alternative way to travel in Plovdiv with a car is Spark. SPARK is a new service in Plovdiv that allows you to find and rent an electric vehicle. All you need is your mobile phone and the Spark application. One can rent a car for 15 minutes to reach their desired destination in the city or use the vehicle for a few days. In Plovdiv, when you finish using the Spark, you may leave it in a “blue zone” (free of charge for electric vehicles) as well as in designated areas outside the city center. […]
March 13, 2021

Five buildings and monuments from the Communist era to visit in Plovdiv

The Communist era is a controversial period of the Bulgarian history that defined every aspect of life in our country for almost half a century. And since this is recent history, one can easily find a lot of Communist buildings and monuments in the Bulgarian cities and actually all around the country. It’s the same in Plovdiv – you can walk around the city and often enough you can notice panel blocks of flats, typical big administrative buildings from the period, Stalinist architecture and also Communist monuments. We have 5 suggestions if you don’t have enough time to explore everything, but you are still interested in visiting at least some places related to those years. These are probably the most famous Communist buildings and monuments in Plovdiv, but we assure you – popularity doesn’t make them boring. Alyosha monument Plovdiv is famous for its hills and they are the first thing you will notice while traveling towards the city. On one of them stands Alyosha – the Soviet soldier. Built […]
March 2, 2021

Significant places associated with the Liberation of Bulgaria – Part 1

On the 3rd of March Bulgaria celebrates its Liberation Day. Why is this day so important to us and what is the history behind it? In the 14th century, Bulgaria fell under the Ottoman rule and its territory became part of the expanding Ottoman empire. Our country reappeared on the map of the world again after the Russo-Ottoman War (1877–1878). This means that the Bulgarians managed to preserve themselves as a nation, keep their faith and traditions for 5 centuries while living under foreign rule. Longing for the Liberation of Bulgaria Before the Russo-Ottoman war, the Bulgarians tried to achieve liberation on their own by organizing uprisings. Sadly, all attempts were unsuccessful, but in reality they served an important purpose – they showed the rest of the world that Bulgaria still existed and deserved to be independent. The April Uprising of 1876 was the one that had the biggest significance for the re-establishment of Bulgaria. The rebels were brutally suppressed by the Ottoman forces, which resulted in a public outcry […]
January 27, 2021

How to navigate in the city center if you are staying in the Old Town of Plovdiv

The Old Town of Plovdiv is one of the most popular places in the city. With its amazing authentic atmosphere, the place can easily bring you back to the past while you are on a trip around the magnificent Revival houses of the rich merchants that lived here during the Ottoman rule. Or it can take you back to the time of fortresses and strong defensive walls when different nations held battles for our beloved city. Today, the Old Town is also a preferred place for tourists to stay, since it’s close to the main pedestrian area and one can find lots of options for accommodation around. If you are one of the lucky visitors who decided to stay in a hotel or a hostel in the Old Town of Plovdiv, you will need some directions to get yourself around in this area. Main crossroad in the Old Town of Plovdiv Let’s establish the central place of the Old Town. It’s the crossroad of the following streets: Saborna (ул. Съборна), Chetvarti yanuari (ул. Четвърти януари), Doctor […]
December 2, 2020

Plovdiv Self-Guided Tour

by Free Plovdiv Tour A self-guided tour may sound strange to many people but actually it has a lot of perks. When should you consider a self-guided tour as an option? You don’t want to be a part of a group but you still don’t want to miss the most important sights in the city you are visiting. Self-guided tours are your chance to enjoy sightseeing without the company of people you don’t know. You missed the beginning of that marvelous tour you have read about and you are in town for a day trip, so you don’t have much time to organize anything else. Don’t worry, this is what self-guided tours are here for! The situation requires you to be careful and avoid crowds – for example, the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not a good idea to gather with lots of people, right? Plovdiv is an amazing city and you definitely need to explore as much as you can while you are here. We have prepared an essential list of […]
November 18, 2020

Тематичните безплатни турове на български от Free Plovdiv Tour

Вече 8 години Free Plovdiv Tour се провежда ежедневно в Града под тепетата. Организирането на турове на английски език ги прави чудесна идея за вашите гости и приятели от други държави. А знаете ли, че на всеки национален празник на България нашият екип организира и тур на български език за местните жители и посетители на Пловдив от други кътчета на страната ни? От тази есен можем да зарадваме пловдивчани и всички българи, решили да прекарат уикенд в Пловдив, и с още турове на български език. Тематичните обиколки на Free Plovdiv Tour са най-новият проект нa Сдружение 365 в града ни. Тематични турове на български Пловдив е населено място с хилядолетна история и е свидетел на много епохи. За щастие и до днес можем да намерим елементи от различните исторически периоди, които нашият красив град е преживял. Подготвили сме ви четири различни обиколки, които изследват съдбата на Пловдив в определени векове и ще ви разходят около сгради и забележителности, които са наследство от тях. Кога и къде да се присъедините? Тематичните […]
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 […]