The top 10 interesting things to do in Plovdiv

9 Top things to do in Plovdiv

If you are visiting Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a must. Plovdiv’s Old Town will fascinate you with an ancient atmosphere hidden between colorful houses from 19th century. Check out my list of top things to do in Plovdiv, so you won’t miss anything.

10 Top things to do in Plovdiv

1. Let yourself be taken away by the beauty of the Old Town of Plovdiv.

The atmosphere of the Plovdiv’s Old Town will transfer you back to 19th century. Take a walk on the narrow cobbled streets and you will find yourself surrounded by old colorful houses. Your sight will be captured by their red, blue or yellow facades richly decorated with floral motives.

Street in Plovdiv Old Town

Houses in Plovdiv Old Town

A narrow cobbled street

2. Learn a little more about the history of the city.

A walk around the Old Town of Plovdiv will show you a lot of the city’s history, but don’t stop here. Many of the old houses are restored and open to the public. Visit some of them and learn more about the life of the people here two centuries ago. Check out which museums in Plovdiv you should not miss.

Ethnographic Museum
Ethnographic Museum
Historical Museum
Historical Museum

3. Pet a cat in the Old Town of Plovdiv.

There are a lot of cats roaming in the Plovdiv’s Old Town. No, in fact you will stumble across them on every step. You will see them lying lazily and basking in the sun on the street, over cars or just roaming around. You can find my favourite one around Church of St. Constantine and Helena. Its name is Rizhko. Isn’t it adorable?

Rizhko
Rizhko

cat

4. Enjoy a sunset view over the city from Nebet Hill.

There is nothing more romantic than watching a sunset over the city with your loved one. Go to Nebet Hill where you will not only enjoy great panoramic views, but you will also find the ruins of an ancient Thracian fortress, Puldin.

Puldin fortress
Puldin fortress
View over the city
View over the city

5. Take a walk on the main street of Plovdiv.

The main pedestrian street, Knyaz Alexander I Str. (ул. Княз Александър I), is full of shops and cafés. Take your time and sit for a cup of coffee in any of the cafés on the main street and watch the people passing by. Start the walk from the Central Square where you will find some artists selling their paintings.

main pedestrian street

6. Start your day with a real Italian coffee and waffles with gelato in Afreddo.

What could be better than tasty gelato in the summer? The answer is one – gelato on waffles, of course! This is my favourite breakfast in Plovdiv. I always go to Afreddo when I visit the city. They also serve the best espresso in Plovdiv. It is a real Italian coffee that starts its journey in the coffee capital of Italy, Trieste, to end in your cup of espresso.

waffles

gelato

7. Visit some ancient Roman ruins.

Roman Amphitheatre is the most famous site in Plovdiv. It is built in the end of the 1st century under the reign of Emperor Trajan. The Amphitheatre was used for gladiatorial fights.

Roman Amphitheatre
Roman Amphitheatre

Do you know that there is a Roman stadium laying under the main street in Plovdiv? That’s right, a whole stadium. Emperor Hadrian commissioned it in the beginning of the 2nd century. You can see a small part of the stadium next to Dzhumaya Mosque.

Roman stadium
Roman stadium

8. Visit one of the oldest mosques on the Balkans.

Dzhumaya Mosque is built around the 14th – 15th century on the place of an old Christian church. Its name means – main Friday mosque. Dzhumaya Mosque is one of the oldest mosques on the Balkans.

Dzhumaya Mosque
Dzhumaya Mosque

9. Attend a concert or an opera at the Roman Amphitheatre.

Every year from the beginning till late summer, the Roman Amphitheatre becomes a stage for concerts and operas. The feeling of attending such an event is unique, so don’t miss it. You will feel like a real Roman.

If you want to attend an opera you can find more details here. In the middle of September the festival Sound of Ages takes place. The International Folklore Festival in August is also held here.

Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica

10. Enjoy a colorful fountain light show.

The Tsar Simeon Garden (Градина Цар Симеон) is a place for meetings in the summer nights. It is even more crowded than the main street itself. And there is a reason for that. The place is perfect to hang out with friends and drink some beers or for a romantic walk. However the main attraction is the colourful fountain light show. It runs about 2 hours till 11:00 PM – 11:30 PM. It is one of my favourite things to do in Plovdiv.

colourful fountain light show

fountain light show

Have you visited the city and done something from the list of top things to do in Plovdiv?

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