PLOVDIV, BULGARIA

The second-largest city in Bulgaria and one of the oldest European cities is located in the large plain between Rhodope Mountains and the Balkan Range. Through the city flows the Maritsa River just in the southeast direction. Plovdiv is an important economic, transport, cultural, and educational center for the Bulgarian nationals and it's home to diverse cultural events across Europe makes it some place to visit in Bulgaria and the entire continent. In short, Plovdiv is history and culture overload- hence, if you are traveling purpose falls within such context, you do not have to deliberate any further. The city easily and interestingly combines invigorating nightlife with millennia-old ruins. Besides, Plovdiv is till date, Europe's oldest inhabited city. Daily and continuously, Plovid is throwing a grand soiree, inviting all and sundry to join because as you walk the narrow streets of the city, you are more often than not likely to hear an orchestra performing in a park, folk musicians and dancers performing and music echoing along the cobblestones.

Best Things To Do In Plovdiv

Main Things You Need To Know About Plovdiv

Weather

Weather in Plovdiv is favorable for all; you just have to understand the times and seasons. Plovdiv has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons with large jump in temperatures between the seasons. Between mid-May to late September, that is the summer, the weather is hot, moderately dry and sunny while July through August records an average high of 33 degrees Celcius. The summer nights in the city are mild while sometimes, the city experiences very hot days especially in the interior of the country. Winter is cold, and snow is common with an average number of snow coverage days being 15. Generally, you should consider traveling to Plovdiv during the spring and autumn months, that is March through May and September through November.

Travelling Here

Traveling to Plovdiv cannot get any easier as the International Plovdiv Airport has its location just some few kilometers from the center of the city. This airport receives travelers and is served by the Ryanair, a low-cost flight company which provides direct flights to London Stansted Airport and Frankfurt Haan. You can access the airport: 1. By car, which is about 20 minutes 2. By taxi, at the rate of 15-20 BGN 3. By public shared shuttle and 4. By private car transfer On the other hand, you can get to Plovdiv by national and international trains as there are many daily trains to and from Sofia. From Istanbul, there is a daily train, and it takes about 11 hours. Similarly, the A1 expressway/motorway connects Plovdiv to Sofia in the west and Zagora to the east. There are also 3 bus stations, but there are no boat transportation systems to Plovdiv from anywhere you intend traveling from.

Lodging

You definitely have to expect more from your hotel stay in Plovdiv than some bed and bathroom provision. Hotels in the entire country are striving to stay on point and on top of their game because more and more tourists are visiting the country, and in fact, Plovdiv. Regardless of your location in the city or what boutique experience you desire, the following are some of the hotels you can lodge in at Plovdiv: 1. Business Hotel Plovdiv 2. Plaza Hotel 3. Imperial Plovdiv Hotel & SPA 4. Landmark Creek Hotel & Spa 5. Unique Apartments Milchevi 6. Park-Hotel Imperial 7. Park hotel Sankt 8. Holiday Inn Plovdiv 9. Grand Hotel Plovdiv 10. Hotel Leipzig- Plovdiv

Eating

Eating in Plovdiv comes easy and cheap, most importantly for the westerners. All across the city, you can get fast food of top quality, but if you desire some traditional Bulgarian cuisine, you can get all in Plovdiv. There are a number of places that offer pizza, traditional food and kebabs in the city and they are at affordable prices. In addition, you can get stewed meats, fresh salads and cheese plus good local wine in Plovdiv. Moreover, there are crowd-pleasing, casual, fun and fancy eateries and restaurants throughout the city. Some of the restaurants include: 1. Memory- European meals 2. Rahat Tepe- Bulgarian cuisines 3. Hemingway- International delicacies 4. Hebros Restaurant- Bulgarian 5. Gusto- Italian meals 6. Happy Bar & Grill- International 7. Klebarnitsa Kapana- Bakery 8. Grazhdanski Klub- Bulgarian 9. Restaurant Renaissance- International 10. Dreams- Cafe

Safety

Bulgaria is a beautiful place with loads of history, gorgeous architecture and friendly and helpful people. The city is a generally safe place to visit. As at June 2017, Bulgaria had no travel advisories or warnings whatsoever but you do have to maintain and exercise normal security precautions. Do not be stopped or limited by what people say about crimes against tourists, rather exercise caution and common sense and you are on your way to having a wonderful visit. Another tip is trying as much as possible to not attract the attention of pick-pockets and also avoid being mugged. Avoid the ghetto area and stay safe because even the old town and the main streets are generally very busy but safe. It is also safe in the parks in Plovdiv.

Getting Around

No worries. No pressure. No hassles. When it comes to traveling around the city. Taxis and buses are prevalent, and there is a large pedestrian zone downtown. At the rate of 0.85BGN/km, you can get comfortable taxis and learning who or which of these taxi drivers offers the best prices from the locals would save you some bucks. Also, you can get public bus tickets for 1 BGN and explore the length and breadth of Plovdiv.

Top Attractions

As a major European cultural, production, education and sports center, Plovdiv has some interesting places to visit and beautiful things to see. Luckily, the city is compact and walkable to allow for maximum and enjoyable sightseeing. Some of the top attractions in Plovdiv are: 1. Roman Amphitheatre 2. Ethnographical Museum 3. Archaeological Museum 4. Church of Sveti Konstantin & Elena 5. Balabanov House 6. Atanas Krastev House 7. Tsar Simeon Garden 8. Ruins of Eumolpias

Being Local

Plovdiv is not some place people go to because they want to work or have to go there. Rather, it is because they want to. Most people visit the city because it is a lovely place to be, hence, as a foreigner, identifying with the locals will impact your visit to a large extent and mixing with the locals, learning few phrases to communicate and eating their locally made meals define how much of fun and enjoyable visit to the city you have had. Explore Plovdiv like a local, and you will never get lost.