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 […]
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 […]
April 29, 2019

Free Plovdiv Tour – Working Time

While all countries from the European Union are thinking what to do with the daylight saving time, Free Plovdiv Tour is having its own daylight saving schedule. Better said, sunburn saving schedule. May – September The beautiful Plovdiv is not only magnificent and amazing but quite hot – literally too. Strong winds are not something typical for our town. So you can imagine – the dry summer season in Plovdiv is very warm. And since we want to provide a comfortable tour for our guests in the warmer part of the year the Free Plovdiv Tour is starting at 11h and 18h. The gathering point is the Municipality building of Plovdiv (1, Stefan Stambolov square). October – April One of the aims of the Free Plovdiv Tour is to show the beauty of our town. And although we have to agree Plovdiv is lovely in the night too, in the colder part of the year we start the tour at 14h so we walk with our guests in the warmest […]
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 […]
March 21, 2019
Mevlevi hane

Mevlevi – the dancing Dervish

Most people know what the spinning dances of the Dervish mean, and it is more than an interesting scene to see. They are a religious movement, that was primarily set in Plovdiv. Who are the dancing Dervish? The Dervish were representatives of the Sufi movement, part of Islam. That movement revolves around the inner self. They were humble and poor, often begged. The Persian word for door is ‘’Der’’, so Dervish literally translates as “walking from door to door”. Also they were forbidden to beg for themselves, so they gave everything away. The order of the Dervish people was called “Mevlevi”, aka the dancing Dervish. During Ottoman times, they settled on our lands. Because of their wisdom, they gained an important social and political status. Ottoman heritage in Plovdiv – Mevlevi hane Mevlevi hane is an exquisite building in a typical Persian architectural style, both on the outside and inside. Located on the slopes of Dzhambaz hill (one of the tree hills of the Old Town), it sits on the […]
March 9, 2019
Old Plovdiv Hostel

5 Convenient Budget Accommodation Ideas in Plovdiv

A Budget traveler knows how important getting a convenient accommodation in the town they visit is. Above all, it is the first thing you take care of when planning your trip, isn’t it? Fortunately, getting your money’s worth in the oldest continuously inhabited town in Europe is relatively easy. However, you might still stumble upon a lodging that isn’t to your liking. Hence, our goal with this article is to offer you some variety and hopefully, with our help, your stay would be as pleasant as possible. Bike Hostel The first hostel on our Accommodation list is the closest one to Plovdiv Central Railway Station and Bus Station South. It is supposed to be a hostel but it resembles the home of a 1970’s Bulgarian family more, there is even a cassette player with an old rock collection for the true fans! As the name suggests, bike or kayak rentals are offered, also, if you stay longer, you can get a free ride. Approximate walking time: 7 minutes to train […]
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 […]
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 […]
February 8, 2019

Public Transport in Plovdiv

Whenever you visit a new place there is always the question about transport. What is the best way to get from this place to the other place? Here are some hints about the transportation in Plovdiv. Buses Buses are pretty much the only available public transport in the city. In comparison to Sofia Plovdiv is a smaller city, therefor it doesn’t have an internal tram or subway network. Nevertheless, the buses in town are fairly regular, especially on workdays, and they can get you to almost anywhere. Working time Usually, the first buses in the morning start travelling as early as 5:30-6:00 AM and the last ones in the evening run until 10:00-11:00 PM (depending on the season and the day of the week). The ticket price is 1 lev (€0,50) and you buy it on the bus itself. Below you can find a short and simplified list of the most frequently used bus lines, which run between the center of town (the central bus stop next to Trimontium/Ramada Hotel […]