The Best Of Plovdiv In One Day
May 30, 2019
by Mariya Iliychova Georgieva
This year one of the most recommended destinations in Europe for cultural tourism is the second biggest city in Bulgaria – Plovdiv. It is chosen for a European Cultural Capital in 2019 together with the Italian town Matera. The town of Plovdiv is situated on 7 hills and you can experience a wonderful day between Roman Empire Ruins, buildings from Middle Ages, amazing preserved houses from Bulgarian Revival Ages and the new main street of the town. You can have a nice relaxing walk in the beautiful park and experience all the cultural program of the town – different crafts, art and music through which you can experience the Bulgarian culture. I will recommend you a wonderful walk around the town in one day.
Park Tsar Simeon
I would recommend you to start your nice walk from the park Tsar Simeon. Really beautiful park with a lot of old trees and a wonderful pond with nice colourful and music fountains. There are a nice coffee and restaurant you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are many entertainments and playgrounds for kids. No matter when you will visit the park, you can always enjoy your time.
Main pedestrian street
You can go out from the park on the Central Square where is the Central Post office and to continue your walk on the main walking street in Plovdiv – Kniaz Alexander I. It is a really nice to walk around a lot of stores of main famous brands and many nice restaurants and coffee places. On your way, you will see a beautiful fountain, a special colourful monument “Together” for the cultural capital of the year, the Drama Theater and you will reach the big Dzhumaya Mosque on Stefan Stambolov Square. On the square, there are also the Municipality of Plovdiv and the remains of the Roman Stadium. From there you will see the entrance and the main path made of old pavement that will lead you to the beautiful old town.
The Old Town is a historical and architectural reserve which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list because it is combining the culture from prehistoric to modern times. It is situated on three of the seven hills in Plovdiv (called tepe). You can see remains of fortress walls and towers from Thracians, from the time of Philip Macedonski and from the Roman Empire. One of the world’s best preserved ancient theatres is the Roman amphitheatre in the old town. It is an absolutely magnificent place where you can feel the history. Now the Roman Theatre is used for cultural and music events. In the old town you can also have a nice Bulgarian cuisine and to enjoy the local wines, rakia and beers. Many of the restaurants are with breathtaking views. From the top of the hills, you can also see an amazing view of the modern town of Plovdiv. In the Old town, you can walk around preserved houses from the Bulgarian revival ages that are really beautiful and with the authentic architecture of the time. You can enjoy also the Bulgarian craftmanship in small shops where you can buy authentic presents.