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 […]
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 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 […]
April 25, 2020

Top 5 memorable events that took place in Plovdiv

Plovdiv is nowadays one of the biggest economic, administrative and cultural centers in Bulgaria and also the country’s second-most populous city. Naturally, that makes it a location, where many of the important memorable events of our recent history (that is to say after the mid-19th century) took place. So, in this blog, we are going to tell you about five events in Plovdiv’s recent history, which had a truly huge political, economic or cultural significance. As for the big events in our ancient and medieval history – well, this is a story for another time. The Unification of Bulgaria (1885) We must admit that it was our initial idea to list these events in strictly chronological order. But there was simply no way not to start with the most important event not only in our city’s history but – arguably – in the entire history of modern Bulgaria as well – the Unification of Bulgaria. Thus, the chronological order had to be broken. In a previous blog post, we talked […]
February 21, 2020

The best things about Plovdiv being European Capital of Culture

For the past year, Plovdiv was under the spotlights, being a European Capital of culture. This was a prize we were most proud of. But what did it bring to Plovdiv besides fame? Renovations and excavations To begin with, we succeeded in renovating a great part of the city center. Since 2015 when Plovdiv won the title European capital of culture for 2019, we’ve turned this area of the city into a jewel. Starting with Kapana district – the first arts district of Bulgaria. In the past, the ottoman marketplace was there – full of life and working artisans. Sadly with time it lost its function as the merchant center of Plovdiv and turned into a poorly maintained neighborhood nearby the pedestrian street. After the city was chosen to be the European Capital of Culture for 2019 Kapana had its revival. Now it has become a favorite spot for both locals and tourists. We renovated many of the 19th-century houses around the main street and made sure Plovdiv will look […]
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 […]