Plovdiv, ‘a Roman grandeur east of Italy’, as The New York Times calls it, is the second largest city in Bulgaria.
Not only more grand but an eternal one. Two years ago, The Daily Telegraph ranked Plovdiv as the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe and 6th in the world. In 2012, the City of the Seven Hills, as Plovdiv is often referred to, was included as number three (following Rome and Athens) in the ‘Top 10 of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world’.
Plovdiv’s destiny of being a crossroad for millennia defines it as a city which combines many cultures, traditions and people of different ethnicities and religions. One can enjoy the eclecticism typical for the buildings in the main pedestrian street in the centre of the city. The Old Town is a place with magic atmosphere where you have the chance to take a walk along cobbled streets and houses built in 18th and 19th centuries and now turned into museums. The Ancient theatre is a place not just to visit as a tourist site, but where you can have fun watching a rock concert or one of the international festivals which take place there.
Concerts, theatre and other stage performances, sports events as the 2012 World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships take place in Plovdiv all year long. Get familiar with the cultural calendar of the city.
Famous for its rich cultural heritage and rich events calendar, Plovdiv has a lot more to offer to tourists, especially to the young people. More than 2000 cafes, restaurants, late evening clubs and other entertainment places await you offering a combination of rich cuisine and music and dance performances of any genre.
Adrenaline junkies should have in mind that Plovdiv is the gateway to the mountains of Bulgaria and the starting point for climbing, mountain biking and skiing. The closest opportunity is only 60km away.
In case you plan to visit several countries, Plovdiv may serve as a start-off point to many other tourist destinations, being in the heart of the Balkans and close to two international airports.
You must just come and feel the touch of art and history.
This article was in partnership with Municipality of Plovdiv