Plovdiv travel guide

Plovdiv travel guide

Country: Bulgaria (България)
City: Plovdiv (Пловдив)
Languages: Bulgarian
Currency: BGN
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Interesting facts about Plovdiv

  • It is the second largest city in Bulgaria (the first place goes to Sofia).
  • Plovdiv like Rome is on seven hills. Over the centuries they were used as quarries. As a result only six of them have left.
  • The city started as a Neolithic settlement in 4000 BC and it is one of the most ancient cities in the whole world.
  • During the centuries Plovdiv has bared many names. It is believed that around 1300 BC the Thracian king Eumolpus established a city here. He named it the City of Eumolpias, after himself. King Philip II of Macedon renamed the city to Philippopolis (the City of Philip), after he conquered it in 342–341 BC. Many names have been changed during the following centuries. Some of the most known are Pulpudeva, Trimontium (meaning The Three Hills), Paldin. The current name Plovdiv appeared in the chronicles around 11th century. During the Ottoman rule the Turks changed the name of the city to Filibe.
  • Plovdiv is known for its Roman Amphitheatre. The theatre dates from the beginning of the 2nd century.

Plovdiv travel guide

Plovdiv Airport

Plovdiv Airport (Летище Пловдив) is situated 12km south-west from the city. You can reach the airport by a shuttle bus.

Major stations

Central Railway Station (Централна гара) is near to the city center, about 15 minutes walk.

There are three bus stations in Plovdiv: Rhodope (Родопи), North (Север) and South (Юг). Rhodope Bus Station serves buses to Rhodope mountain villages and Pamporovo (Пампорово) ski resort. Buses to Sofia, Burgas, Varna and also international buses operate from South station.

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Free City Tour

The Free City Tour is completely free, but if you like it, you can leave a tip at the end of it. The tour takes places every day from 11:00 AM and 06:00 PM (from May to September) and at 02:00 PM (from October to April). Meeting point is in front of the Municipality building on Plovdiv’s main street. No reservation is needed. The tour is about 2 hours.

Maps of Plovdiv

Map of the city
Map of the Old Town

Day trips from Plovdiv

Bulgarian Wine Tasting in Local Enoteca: There is no better way to get a feel for the local wine scene than by taking part in a tasting at a local enoteka.

Mavrud Story Wine and Food Tasting: Discover the variety of one of the most famous Bulgarian’s wine.

Horse Riding Tour in Rhodope Mountains: Steal a day of your busy schedule and ride along the meadows and the deciduous forests in the lower parts of the Rodopi Mountains.

Private Full-Day Cycling Tour in the Rhodope: Take a pleasant cycling tour with a professional guide from Plovdiv to the heart of the Rhodope mountains.

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