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This year Plovdiv is all the rage. And for good reason since it is the first Bulgarian city to become European Capital of Culture! That means myriads of cultural activities and entertainments throughout the year waiting to be discovered. Visit the website: www.plovdiv2019.eu to see the programme  highlights.
Other than that, Plovdiv has a lot to offer to its visitors. The Ancient Theatre, The  Old Town and Kapana are just few of the main attractions. Situated southeast of Sofia and divided by The Maritsa River, Plovdiv is not only the second largest city in Bulgaria, but also one of the oldest in the world.
If you are already planning your stay there, here are some answers and recommendations to inquiries you may have beforehand.

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WHEN TO VISIT?

Springtime is great for visiting the city. During the day the average temperature is 17°C (63°F), but it can vary and get nippy really quickly so don’t forget to take a raincoat or an umbrella!
If you long for plenty of sunshine, summer is the season for you when temperatures usually reach 33°C (91°F).
Autumn in Plovdiv is still warm and relatively dry. The average temperature is 19°C (66°F), but as it gets colder it can drop  significantly so pack some extra layers.
Winter is very cold and snowy with temperatures around 0°C.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The official currency in  Bulgaria is Bulgarian Lev. There are several exchange bureaus if you want to convert currency.
The official language is Bulgarian, but most people speak fluent English.
Plovdiv is generally a safe city, but taking basic safety precautions never hurts.
Join a free city tour to get to know Plovdiv better. Find all the information you need here: www.freeplovdivtour.com or here: www.freetour.com/plovdiv
If you need help, you can go to one of the Tourists Information Centers. Find their locations on www.visitplovdiv.com
Ask for a discount for pupils, students and pensioners if travelling by bus or train and at any museum and gallery in Plovdiv.
Buy a City Card. It gives you free admissions to top 10 museums and galleries around the city and some exclusive deals and discounts for restaurants, bars and more. Buy one here: www.plovdivcitycard.com

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Plovdiv is about 145 km (90 miles) away from Sofia so there are various ways of transportation:

  • By bus

Take a direct bus from Central Bus Station in Sofia. There are many bus companies to choose from. Find the one that best suites your preferences. The bus fare is between 10 and 14 Leva each way and the journey takes about 2 hours. I would recommend getting a two – way ticket in case you want to save some change. To see the bus schedules or buy tickets online visit: www.centralnaavtogara.bg

  • By train

It is cheaper and also a less preferred way of transportation. But if you are up for an adventure, I would say go for it! Bear in mind that it will take you slightly longer to get there – around 2 and a half hours. The train ticket costs 8 Leva. For more information, check: www.bdz.bg

  • By plane

You can also search which airlines provide chartered or direct flights to Plovdiv.

 

WHERE TO STAY?

Well, that depends, of course, on your personal liking, preferences and certainly not least on your budget. Plovdiv offers a plethora of hotels promising you luxurious experience and good time, cozy airbnbs and spacious guest houses. Another alternative to the traditional hotels are hostels. They become more and more popular among young people and are more budget – friendly.  An excellent option is Gramophone Hostel, located in the very heart  of Plovdiv. It will cover all your basic needs. It also has its own bar! check it out here: www.booking.com/Gramophone/Hostel

   WHERE TO GO?
Plovdiv is best explored on foot so tighten the laces of your walking shoes and go! (It’s called “The City of Hills” for a reason!)

The Ancient Roman Theatre
You have probably seen it on postcards, but it is even more breathtaking in person. The theatre is over 2,000 years old and is still used for many events!

The Roman Stadium
There is no chance of missing it while strolling around the city center!

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The Old Town and its museum houses
The Old Town is the best place for a walk with its many galleries, museums and souvenir shops. It tells stories of the Bulgarian history and keeps the architecture from the National Revival era alive.screen

The Archaeological Complex Nebet Tepe
If you are curious about the history of the city, founded 8,000 years ago, “Nebet Tepe” won’t disappoint. It also offers spectacular view over Plovdiv!

Kapana
Kapana is a district, next to the Old Town, where craftsmen first settled 500 years ago. Today it is home for young artisans, hip cafés and bars, art galleries and handmade shops.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurkish Coffee and Pastry Shop “Dzhumaya”
This is a must – stop location when in Plovdiv. Situated right next to a mosque by the same name and near the Roman Stadium, the oriental lanterns and interior make it instantly recognizable. The building used to be a Turkish bath dating from the 14th century and now is a place to enjoy  traditional Turkish desserts, accompanied by a cup of black coffee or tea and observe the people passing by.

BY MARTINA MLADENOVA