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 streets are empty but 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. 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 […]
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 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 […]
June 24, 2016

Kapana Tour

KAPANA TOUR   No, it is neither a popular maze conveniently situated in the vicinities of Plovdiv, nor a beautiful garden in the city centre. In fact this is the logo of our brand new project that we launched I the beginning of April, 2016 – Kapana Tour, tour of the artistic neighborhood of Plovdiv. The aim of this tour will be to give our guests an insight into the history of the neighbourhood, to follow the changes Kapana went through during the centuries, to tell the stories of its inhabitants from the past and the present and to give a look to the future of this magnificent place.   It is worth taking part in the tour!   https://www.facebook.com/plovdivlovebg/photos/ Arts and Crafts District Tour Kapana’s thriving goes hand in hand with our projects’ improvements. This year we decided to make some changes regarding Kapana Tour. You can now find your favourite tour under the name of KAPANA Arts & Crafts District TOUR. What is more, you will have the […]
June 4, 2016
10 Quick Facts about Bulgaria you Might not Know

QUICK FACTS ABOUT BULGARIA

History can be both an interesting subject and a boring discipline. So, you are curious about this small country on the Balkans? This time you don’t have to open a huge textbook and cram for an exam. All you need is to find a comfortable chair and set aside a couple of minutes to immerse in this short reading. Here are some Quick Facts about Bulgaria. Quick facts about Bulgaria: 1. The territory of Bulgaria  It’s from time to time likened to the lion’s appearance. (Just use your vivid imagination!) 2. Biggest cities  Find more about the lovely Bulgarian cities by joining our tours! Sofia is the capital city. Plovdiv is the second largest city followed by Varna and Burgas.   3. Musala Musala is 2,925m (9,596ft) in height. The peak is situated in the Rila Mountain in southwestern Bulgaria. Its name literally means ‘Near God’. That is the highest peak not only in the country, but also in the entire Balkan Peninsula.    4. Rayskoto praskalo Rayskoto praskalo  is an ideal route for those who are […]
May 1, 2016

“Hristos Voskrese” or Happy Easter from Bulgaria

Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays. Easter is the day when Jesus Christ has risen from the dead three days after his crucifixion on Good Friday. The date of the holidays changes every year as it is connected to the first full moon after the coming of the spring. But it’s always on Sunday. Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the tulips, the crocuses and the daffodils. It is also the holiest day in the Christian calendar (followed by Christmas). Easter is recognized as a legal holiday in most countries with a significant Christian tradition. The preparation for Easter starts the week before – Holy Week. On Great Thursday all the families paint eggs in different colors, predominantly in red (as a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ). That can be done on Saturday before sunrise too. The first egg is always painted red to symbolize the blood of Christ and should be put aside – either to be buried […]
April 24, 2016
Palm Sunday In Bulgaria - St. Lazar's Day - Free Plovdiv Tour

Palm Sunday In Bulgaria

Palm Sunday is a moveable feast celebrated a week before Easter by all Christians. Palm Sunday marks Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On the previous day – Saturday – Jesus Christ raised Lazar from the dead. The holiday is named after the resurrected Lazar (St. Lazar’s Day). Traditionally, on St. Lazar’s Day from 6 to 7 lassies walk around the town/village. They perform a variety of customs connected to the holiday. Most often they sing praises to all the family members. It is believed that a house visited by the young ladies (also known in Bulgaria as ‘lazarki’) will have good luck throughout the whole year. On Palm Sunday willow twigs are sanctified and given away. Everyone takes one and brings it home as it is a widely spread belief that these twigs not only bring health and happiness, but can also heal a diseased person. The willow twigs symbolize the palm trees placed on the ground by the people as Jesus entered Jerusalem. He came into the town on a […]