November 17, 2018

Hidden treasures in the Old Town of Plovdiv

The Old Town of Plovdiv When thinking about Plovdiv and what is symbolic for it, the first thing that comes in mind is the beautiful Old Town. If you are visiting Plovdiv the Old Town is a must! There you can literally see the different layers of history and culture that formed the nowadays city. The lovely Revival houses with unique architecture, interesting museums, stunning view from the top of the hill and also the magnificent Roman theater will definitely impress any visitor. You can visit the Free Plovdiv Tour everyday so you can find out the story behind every emblematic sight in this preserved area. After that, if you have more time to spend don’t leave the Old Town yet. Because it has some hidden treasures that are worth walking around the narrow streets. Round tower next to Hissar Kapiya    In the past there was a fortress on the top of Nebet hill. Just as any other big fortress ours had a stone defensive wall surrounding it. The […]
November 4, 2018

The 5 best day trips near Plovdiv

You have several days in Plovdiv and want to travel around, spending a day near by? Here are some suggestions for one day trip near Plovdiv. Bachkovo monastery and Asen’s fortress – history and good food Our first suggestion for a day trip is the Bachkovo monastery. It is the second most famous and important monastery in Bulgaria. Established in the 16th century it is still operating, while being open to the public. You can see there a beautifully painted with mural dining room with the authentic marble table of the monks. There is also a museum and two churches. Finally, Bachkovo is said to make the best kebapche in Bulgaria. On the way to Bachkovo you get a bonus! Something to enrich your day trip even more. Asen’s fortress is a medieval fortress which defended the mountain pass from Byzantine troops. Established in 11th century now what is left of it are mostly ruins. One notable exception is the fortress’s church,which was almost entirely intact until 1928, when it […]
October 22, 2018
plovdiv airport to city center

From Plovdiv Airport to Plovdiv City Center

Plovdiv Airport – Contacts Plovdiv airport is located 12 kilometres from the city, near the village Krumovo. It was initially established as a military base and later became a civil flights airport. Its exact location is 42°04’35.1″N 24°50’37.1″E / 42.076402, 24.843627 Getting to Plovdiv Train Situated 3 km from the terminal is train station Mavrudovo (Маврудово). From there you can easily catch the first train to Plovdiv (Пловдив) on the Asenovgrad-Plovdiv route. There is a train approximately every round hour. The price of the ticket is around 1.30 leva. You can check the train schedule online at http://razpisanie.bdz.bg/ Rent-a-car For those who prefer to rent a car, this is also an option. There are several companies which offer this service. Bear in mind that you have to reserve your vehicle in advance. For more information about prices and rental conditions, visit the sites of the companies Hertz, Choice rent-a-car, Firefly, Thrifty. Taxi Taking a taxi is also an option, which should cost around 30 leva. Be very careful, though! There […]
October 5, 2018

8 Best Bars in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Get ready for Plovdiv’s best bars! Everyone in Plovdiv knows that Kapana means The Trap but it has a different individual meaning for every visitor. Some see it as the old crafts district, others love its graffiti, some even come to admire the architecture. No matter what every person likes about Kapana there’s one thing that all of them have fallen for – the bars. Time to buckle up and see if will make it out sober!                           Cat and Mouse The first place that comes to mind when you think of beer bars in Plovdiv is Котка и Мишка aka Cat and Mouse. Right in the heart of Kapana there is all the variety of craft beer in a single place. Since you’re visiting Bulgaria it makes sense to try our Bulgarian craft beers. By asking the bartenders about Hills, Glarus (Herring gull), Lale (Tulip), Byal Shtark (White Stork) and of course- Cat and Mouse, you’ll learn what makes these brands […]
June 2, 2018

The 10 Best Things to Do in Plovdiv If You Only Have One Day

Plovdiv is a vibrant, changing and opening to the world city by the day. Many people are lucky enough to have chosen to take the day trip to Plovdiv (even though we consider a trip to Plovdiv to be sufficient if it’s for at least two or three days), but nonetheless – we have prepared the 10 things to do and see in Bulgaria’s second-largest city for all our day-trip-friends! 1. Take a walk around the City garden! The City garden (Tsar Simeon’s garden) is one of the biggest parks in the center of the city. If you want to  feel the local vibe – that’s one of the best places. Young people playing the guitar and drinking beer, elderly men playing chess and gossiping about others really make the place feel authentic. 2. Go to Kapana (the Trap)! Our very special neighborhood in the center of the city! Everybody will tell you to go there – you will find delicious meals, prepared by local chefs,  hundreds of craft beers […]
December 7, 2017

Christmas in Kapana, Plovdiv

It’s time for Christmas in Kapana! Christmas in Kapana district is something you don’t want to miss! It’s that time of the year again. When the weather’s cold, but the coats are warm, the restaurants are full and the windows festive. The Christmas trees are up, snow is soon to cover the pavement, red wine is most desired and ugly sweaters are up on sale. https://www.facebook.com/plovdivlovebg/ The flags are gone, instead green festoons are hanging from the colorful houses. Sparkly, shiny and fancy, the decorations are up on doors, glasses and sidewalks. The Christmas bazaar soon will make Kapana a very special (and yummy!) place in the city! Warm wine, tasty wursts, sweets and the wonderful smell of the holidays will greet everyone who goes there! You can find the Christmas spirit everywhere around.  The craftsmen of the neighborhood have prepared special goods for this magical time of year. Small snowflakes, reindeer and snowmen will greet you behind the windows of their shops. There’s your chance to find some very […]
November 28, 2017
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KAPANA Arts & Crafts District TOUR

Plovdiv has many faces – the green hills on a sunny day, the cobbled streets on a rainy afternoon, the narrow snowy alleys during wintertime. Plovdiv is love – the warmth of a Christmas candle, cinnamon rolls, the smell of chimney smoke and a mug of hot tea. In one word – Plovdiv is art. We love Plovdiv! And we love its art and we are asking you- is there a better place to enjoy it and spend some quality time than Kapana, the arts and crafts district of our city? And what a better way to do so than joining the Kapana tour? Photo source: http://www.kmeta.bg/strijt-parti-s-uiski-na-festival-v-kapana In April last year, we started the Kapana Тour. We wanted to show people more about the history of the neighbourhood, its residents, their stories, everyday life and habits. But since then many things have changed. Kapana grew, many new artisans and craftsmen made it even more colorful. As we always want to get better and improve our projects, we decided that it […]
September 21, 2016
Going back to normal - Schedule - Free Plovdiv Tour

Going back to normal

Free Plovdiv Tour’s Winter Schedule As the leafs are falling on the ground, the trees – becoming denuded, the weather slowly but surely getting colder and severer, our daily walking tours are decreasing in number too. As the days are getting shorter the time for our winter schedule is also coming. Landscape from the Rhodope Mountains in the autumn Free Plovdiv Tour’s Schedule From 1st October a guide is going to wait for you on the usual spot in front of the Municipality building on Plovdiv’s main street at 2 p.m. Don’t worry – no rain, snow or cold weather can stop our guides. We’ll be waiting for you – the guests of our lovely hometown every single day. Our schedule is not going to be altered until the end of April. Come and join us on a tour! Each and every day, you can see one of our enthusiastic guides holding the Free Plovdiv Tour’s logo and waiting for you to join them for an interesting and informative walk through […]
July 6, 2016
Happy 4th birthday, Free Plovdiv Tour!

Happy 4th birthday, Free Plovdiv Tour!

Another year has passed by – a year full of valuable experience and unforgettable tours! Four years ago our organization, the 365 Association, launched a project for a free walking tour of Plovdiv – The Free Plovdiv Tour. The date was the 13th of July, Friday. We were not at all worried about the symbolism of that particular day, which has been imposed by superstitions and those who believe in them. On the contrary, it turned out to be our lucky date, so every year we put great effort into the preparation of the celebration. We are an non-profit non-government association with a focus on tourism and culture. 365 days in the year we strive to promote Bulgaria. We are an association of proactive young people where something happens literally all 365 days of the year, even on dates such as January 1, March 3, December 24. Free Plovdiv Tour is our second project for a free walking tour. Our tour in Plovdiv has become a truly successful project! We […]