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 […]
October 10, 2014
Perperikon - the City of Stone

Perperikon – the City of Stone

Perperikon – Location and description: The half-ruined Thracian city of Perperikon (official website of the location) is one of the most fascinating destinations in Bulgaria. Although discovered 20 years ago, the excavations are continuing and every successive step of the digs feeds Bulgarian historians’ imagination.  Situated in Eastern Rhodopes , Perperikon is hewn into the rocks at 470 meters altitude. The distance from Sofia is about 250 km (3 hours drive) and from Plovdiv about 100 km (less than 2 hours drive). The road is generally in good condition. The closest bigger city is Kardzhali (just over 20 km, about 30 min drive). Perperikon is an archaeological complex which covers an area of ​​about 12 square km. Being one of the oldest megalithic sites in Bulgaria, Perperikon embodies history that spans through several epochs. The complex  consists of four main parts, which form a perfect combination representing the Neolithic: a massive fortress wall; Acropolis- built of huge stone blocks, located in the highest part of the hill; Palace- carved into the […]
March 12, 2014
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10 must visit places in Plovdiv; Part 2

This is our second part of the “10 must-visit places in Plovdiv”. You can find Part I here. We are going to tell you about 5 more places in our city and their history. 10 must visit places in Plovdiv #6: The City Art Gallery The City Art Gallery of Plovdiv is one of the most remarkable cultural institutions in Plovdiv. There you can see some of the best examples of Bulgarian fine arts. The expositions of the gallery are situated in five different buildings, which are close to each other in the downtown area of the city. Four of them are in the Old Town of Plovdiv and the other one is on the main street of the city.          For bigger image of the map click here. Representative Permanent Exhibition – it contains over 200 works of Bulgarian art. There you can find the oldest example of non-religious Bulgarian painting, dating from 1812. This is the portrait of Sofronii Vrachanski, one of the most significant Bulgarian Revival leaders. Icon Gallery: the […]
December 8, 2013
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10 must-visit places in Plovdiv; Part 1

Welcome to Plovdiv! Here we’ll post some of the most intriguing and famous places in the city. The fact that Plovdiv is not a large city is very convenient in terms of visiting numerous sites in a relatively short period of time. The thing is that the city is one of the oldest ones in Europe – founded approximately 6000 BC by ancestors of the Thracians. Plovdiv is full of history and amazing facts so you’ll need at least 3-4 days to get a relevant idea of its character. You can always visit the Free Plovdiv Tour – you will get to know the city in only a couple of hours. But still, Plovdiv is not all about the past – it is the second largest city in Bulgaria and is populated by a lot of young people, studying in its universities (6 universities and 4 colleges) and exploring the city’s diversity. One of the oldest European cities offers cultural and entertaining tourism and its environs are a great place […]
November 24, 2013
The Bachkovo Monastery

The Bachkovo Monastery

Bulgarian Monasteries Bulgaria is a country with rich cultural heritage and important parts of this heritage are the Bulgarian   monasteries. These unique temples are not only historical and architectural landmarks, but also symbols of the Bulgarian spiritual power which preserved the Christian faith during many turbulent times. The Bachkovo Monastery is our next must-see place in the Plovdiv region (pronounced “Bachkovski manastir”). This beautiful landmark is situated 29 km south from Plovdiv and 9 km away from Asenovgrad, in the valley of the Chepelarska river in the Western Rodopi mountain. The monastery is only 2 km south from Asen’s fortress so you can combine the two landmarks in a single trip and go on an exciting Bulgarian adventure! The monasteries have played an important role in our history. They are beacons of traditional Bulgarian and Christian culture. Many of them have impressive architecture and unique interior. The magnificent wood-carving works and wall – paintings also contribute to the one of a kind atmosphere in the Bulgarian temples.  Some of the biggest […]
November 5, 2013

Asenova Krepost (Asen’s fortress)

The Asenova Krepost (Asen’s fortress) Working time: 8:00 h – 17:00 h; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Tickets: Adults – 4lv; Children – 2 lv GPS: 41.986466,24.872957 Tel: 0331/ 6 22 50 If you have finished your tour in Plovdiv and you are eager to visit another interesting destination in the region, we strongly recommend the Asen’s fortress („Asenova krepost” , „Асенова крепост”).   Location of Asen’s Fortress (Asenova Krepost) This fascinating place is seated on a high, rocky ridge in the Rodopi mountain, on the left coast of the Asenitsa river, about 2-3 km south from the little town of Asenovgrad (“the town of Asen”) and 20 km south from Plovdiv. The castle was built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great in VI century. A stone inscription says that in 1230 Ivan Asen the Second rebuilt the fortress after he won the glorious battle near Klokotnitsa.The place is known also as “Stanimahos” (Станимахос) or “Petrich”. “Stanimaka” is  the old name of Asenovgrad. A legend explains […]