October 22, 2019

Cycling in Plovdiv: a Basic Guide

What is cycling and why should we do it? And is cycling in Plovdiv a good idea? Tackling the question of ‘why’ is the most important in any new discipline. There are many reasons why you should ride your bike, and the first of them is purely egoistical: For yourself! It’s an easy, low-impact form of exercise that is time-efficient, good for strength and stamina and fun! Replacing your automobile with a bicycle for your daily commute is one of the best decisions you can make, and you will soon see changes in yourself. You’ll burn more calories and get leaner, and benefit from improved mental focus. Also, you’ll arrive at meetings happier and more energized from the exercise you just did. It’s also good for cities, making them more people-friendly and quiet, as one more cyclist is one less automobile on the road. Furthermore, last but not least, it’s eco-friendly, not producing any emissions. Just the presence of a cyclist passing by cars in a traffic jam gets people […]
September 22, 2019
Bulgaria's Independence Day

Bulgaria’s Independence Day

One of the most confusing facts about Bulgarian history is that we have a Liberation Day (our biggest national holiday, celebrated on the 3rd of March) and Independence Day (celebrated on the 22nd of September)… and these are two completely different things! In this blog post we will try to make it clear what the difference is. Also, why is the 22nd of September a significant date in our history. Liberation Day The contemporary Bulgarian state appeared on the map in 1878. It was a result of a war between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. The Russians won that war. The preliminary ceasefire was signed on the 3rd of March at San Stefano (nowadays a suburb of Istanbul under the name of Yeshilkoy). According to its provisions, a fully independent Bulgarian state was to be formed. The Bulgarian territory was supposed to include almost 170 000 sq. It included many regions, which are nowadays in Greece, Northern Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. These provisions, however, never became a reality. The […]
July 31, 2019

Cats of Plovdiv

Plovdiv is a very ancient town with lots of history and traditions. If you are already familiar with the city you probably know what is symbolic for it – the Old Town, the hills, the Revival Houses, The Maritsa river, Ancient theater … The hills and the river are even on the coat of arms of the city. But nowadays there is one more symbol you can see everywhere. The Cats of Plovdiv. Cats as a symbol Yes, cats. Many visitors notice that we have many cats in the town and they are so loved that we even have them on souvenirs. The felines can be found on badges, bags, t-shirts and so on. We even have them as a part of our Arts and Crafts Tour. But how did that happen? In the past Plovdiv was an important trading center in the Ottoman empire. Have you been to Turkey? Did you see all the houses for stray kitties and the food people provide for them? It is said that […]
July 17, 2019
Street Art in Plovdiv

Best of Street Art in Plovdiv and where to find it

Undoubtedly, it is a challenge to name the best examples of street art in Plovdiv. While some admirers prefer tiny murals, others would get astonished by giant ones. In other words, no matter what you like, it is certain that no one else has exactly the same taste as you. Therefore, since street art, just like any other kind of art, is subjective, we would show you the abundance of pieces in Plovdiv first. Then we will let you choose your own favorites. Where to find street art in Plovdiv? Many electrical boxes, shutters, facades, underpasses, cultural buildings, schools and even garbage containers in Plovdiv look quite unusual nowadays. That is thanks to the creativity of many artists. For this reason, these days finding examples of street art in one of Europe’s capitals of Culture for 2019 is just as easy as finding ancient Roman ruins there. To put it differently, they are everywhere! Take a look. Fortunately, you won’t find much art on ancient walls, instead, visit the so-called […]
February 22, 2019

Arts and Crafts of Plovdiv: Leatherworking

Every settlement that was a part of the nowadays Bulgarian theritory, from Thracians to medieval Bulgarians was dependent on leather, hence leatherworking certainly was one of the most important professions of the ancient people. When the Bulgars (tribes that the Bulgarians originate from) settled on the Balkans, they were already familiar with the craft of leatherworking. Cloths, armor and dishes were made of this material. From one generation to the next, all the way from the days of old to the Information Age, leatherworking surprisingly has made it through. To give you a good example, we pay a visit to the town of Plovdiv because, throughout the centuries, it has been known for its prominent merchants and artisans. Nowadays, the traditions are still alive in a district where every street was named after a particular craft. The name of the craftsmen heaven is Kapana. On a first glance it looks as if currently invaded by cafés and restaurants. However, soon we stumble upon Art Studio Giovanna. Leatherworking nowadays in Kapana On […]
January 10, 2019
Together

Plovdiv 2019 – European Capital of Culture

What to expect in Plovdiv in 2019 when the city is going to be European Capital of Culture? The Meaning of the Title European Capital of Culture Like all cities, carrying the proud title of European Capital of Culture for a full year, the lovely city of Plovdiv is going to have a lot of events, festivals and concerts to offer to its visitors. Plovdiv has always been a focal point for arts in the country even before the title was won, mainly due to the city’s vibe and artists, who have lived and still live in it. Being one of the oldest living cities in Europe, it comprises of countless cultural layers that create its complex soul. That is a long and exciting story, which you can learn by visiting our tour. So for now, let’s see what this intriguing and obscure city has to offer in 2019! Events The “Plovdiv 2019” foundation was established to manage the efforts for the whole European Capital of Culture year and beyond. So far […]
November 30, 2018
Roman Theatre

The Roman theatre of Plovdiv

Nowadays, more than ever, it seems, the motto of our city is most fitting. Ancient and eternal! And not just the city! Everything in it too – starting with the breathtaking Roman theater. The Roman Theatre One of the highlights of Plovdiv is our Roman theater. Proudly labeled one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the world – it is a no-miss attraction in the city. It all began two thousand years ago. Fancy nobles and their families, patricians and politicians would gather here to laugh and cry. Theatre was not unknown to the Romans. They valued not only its beauty, but also the favorable social atmosphere it created. The theater used to seat up to six thousand spectators and it has stood the test of time during both political clamor and times of prosperity. After the Roman empire Even the Roman empire, however, eventually collapsed. And with it – the whole world created by them was in shambles. Someone had to pick up where the Romans left off. […]
November 28, 2017

Arts & Crafts Tour of Plovdiv

Plovdiv has many faces – the green hills on a sunny day, the cobbled streets on a rainy afternoon, the narrow snowy alleys during wintertime. You just need one minute of walking and in front of you there will be a completely new sight – different than the previous one. In one word – Plovdiv is art. And the Arts and Crafts Tour is here to show you one of the most artistic faces of our town. What is Kapana? The Arts and Crafts Tour is happening in the Kapana district. Do you know what Kapan means? Kapana means “the trap” – and yes – this is where nowadays a lot of people fall for the night life and believe that the name Trap is thanks to the persuasive clubs. The truth is different however. Kapana happens to be the only artistic neighbourhood in Bulgaria. Graffiti, galleries, art shops and so on are easily found on every corner. They all make this place more colourful and cozy. History and Crafts […]
September 10, 2015
Festivals-Фестивали-Пловдив

September stands for festivals

With summer slowly losing force, autumn starts to gain momentum and sunbathing gets substituted for festivals. The city’s heart starts pumping blood again as the people return to their den and bring their good summer mood with them. Ever since Plovdiv won European Capital of Culture 2019 things have taken a livelier turn and all sorts of gatherings have become abundant. Here’s a warning- September will not promise peace and quiet. This is not the best month for those who want to have a leisurely weekend. Rather, it’s more for the party goers. As the month advances so do the festivals. Here are a few tips on what to expect and where to go. Night of Museums and Galleries – 11th and 12th Sep Source This year is the eleventh edition of an all-time favourite among Plovdiv people and Bulgarians in general. Each year the festival has a different creative layout and offers a vast array of performances around town. The streets of Plovdiv bustle with laughter, joy and pure […]