September 17, 2019

Bulgarian superstitions and curious traditions

A black cat crossing your path or walking under a ladder. Knocking on wood. Friday the 13th. These are all among the „classics“ of superstition all over the world. But did you know that Bulgarians have a number of superstitions, which aren’t that common in other countries? Some of them have roots in pre-Christian rituals. Others are so old that no one knows how they came to be anymore. But all of them are quite bizarre. Here you can take a deeper look into four of the most interesting and curious ones! The charm of the chimney sweep Cleaning chimneys usually involves getting one’s clothes all black and dirty. Therefore, it is understandable why most people wouldn’t want to shake hands with a chimney sweep after a hard day’s work. This isn’t the case in Bulgaria. Because according to one of the country’s most popular superstitions touching a chimney sweep and getting soot on your hands will bring a person good fortune for the rest of the day. Of course, […]
June 11, 2019

5 typical Plovdiv slang words and phrases

Many cities are famous for something unique- food, cars, rich history, amazing festivals, and colorful day or nightlife. Yet others are famous with special urban slang – phrases used only there. Plovdiv is very modest and we have everything-  8 thousand years of history, one of the biggest folklore festivals in Europe and indeed very bright lifestyle, no matter day or night time. But the Plovdiv slang is by far the most unique aspect of its culture. Here is our list of funny untypical words and phrases that can be found in the vocabulary of a local citizen. Maina First of all – Maina (Майна). This is so unique to Plovdiv that you can’t find it anywhere else. Maina is a meaningless word, even though it is loosely related to the word “mother”. Maina is an exclamation used quite often in the everyday language of almost 100% of the inhabitants of the city and no matter if you were born here or you are just living in Plovdiv you’ll have […]
May 12, 2019

Bulgarian Traditional Crafts coming back to life – Knitting

The Traditional Craft Knitting and the overall processing of wool from the animal to the end product have always been a big traditional craft for Bulgarian people. It is a very special reflection on rural life in the country. Every household has the typical tools for knitting. Back in the days, girls learned how to do it ever since they were small. Because the better they knit, the bigger the chance to find a husband. Knitting was and still is also a good reason for elderly women to socialize. Whenever they gather to talk and gossip they’d simultaneously prepare socks for their grandchildren.  Knitting in Plovdiv nowadays There is a brand-new place in the heart of Plovdiv (Kapana neighborhood), which brings us closer to that traditional craft. It opened around Christmas 2018. The highlights inside are the handmade rugs, souvenirs, and mainly socks. They feature motives typical for each different mountain regions of Bulgaria. You can especially see that in the colors. Predominant red and blue color are typical for […]
May 4, 2019

The Amazing Revival Houses of Plovdiv

Every person who ever walked in the Old Town of Plovdiv was stunned with the beauty of the Plovdiv Revival Houses. At the end of the 18th century and especially during the 19th century, rich merchants were trading with Europe and the Orient. They had an understandable ambition to demonstrate their wealth by building large luxurious homes. Bulgarian craftsmen, skilled architects, masons, carpenters and painters combined their skills, proving extremely effective for the prosperity of the buildings in Plovdiv in those years. During this time Plovdiv was an important economic center. Because of that, many wealthy and educated people who lived in the city traveled extensively in Europe. From their travels, they brought not only exotic goods but also new cultural ideas. Wealthy merchants showed their wealth by building beautiful, richly ornamented houses which as a result became symbolic for the Old Town. The new houses were symmetrical – they had an oval hall with 4 rooms in the corners, erkers (sort of architectural windows/balconies)and gossip rooms on the top floor. […]
April 13, 2019

The Must-See less Popular Sights in Plovdiv

As we entered 2019 and Plovdiv became officially the European Capital of Culture for this year the popular sights and tourist attractions in our city started to attract even more people. This is great news for! What is even better is that Plovdiv can offer even more. Therefore we are sharing with you a list of places which at this point remain a little off the radar. Still, they are definitely worth visiting. The Tobacco town Once a blooming industry and nowadays just a blast from the past. The tobacco business in Plovdiv started in the end of the 19th century. It left a big mark in the city’s history. Though very successful, even on an international scale, around 30 buildings of former tobacco factories and warehouses ended up abandoned or received residential functions. The historical monument Tobacco town can be experienced on the streets between the Central Railway Station and the modern city center (like the Ivan Vazov Str.) The hidden, in between the busy streets, a jewel of […]
February 15, 2019

Unique Neighborhoods in Europe

The uniqueness of Plovdiv is hidden in its mixture of cultures, architecture styles and layers of amazing history. In our town, you just need to walk for a few minutes to enter a different neighborhood with its own story and looks. Such examples are the Old Town, The Tobacco town, The area around the Pedestrian street, the neighborhoods around the hills and our favorite – Kapana district. Of course, we guarantee you will find one common thing between all these places – the bohemian relaxed soul of Plovdiv. Because we are so happy and proud of our Arts and Crafts district, we started wondering which are those unique and charming neighborhoods around Europe that people adore. The Monti neighborhood, Rome, Italy Romeing – the ultimate guide for the cultural scene, events and lifestyle defines Monti as the place for the “cool and young, the old and vintage”. A place combining old, classic and chic (check the blog in the link!). Monti is located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia and […]
January 19, 2019

Best winter activities in and near Plovdiv

Christmas is over, the new year is already here and we have no huge celebrations ahead of us… It seems like the best part of winter is gone and all we have waiting for us are cold gloomy days. Well, not so fast! Winter can be quite cool, especially if you visit a charming place like Plovdiv. Here are our top suggestions for the best winter activities you can do near and in our city. 1. Skiing near Plovdiv Have you heard about Pamporovo? Pamporovo is a ski resort situated in the Central Rhodope Mountains – just about 90km from the city of Plovdiv. The winter here is long, but mild – with 240 sunny days per year, which makes Pamporovo the sunniest mountain resort in Bulgaria. Most of the ski trails start from Snezhanka peak (1926m) and vary from 1926m to 1400m. The season starts in the beginning of December and lasts till the end of April, meaning you have plenty of time to plan a ski trip. You […]
January 10, 2019
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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 […]
October 22, 2018
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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 […]