Plovdiv Holidays

Formerly known as Trimontium, which translates to "the three hills," Plovdiv's modern distinction as one of the oldest cities in Europe can be evidenced by the noticeably fewer hills than it once touted. Extensively mined, the original seven hills are far less visible today, and demonstrate the more than 8,000 years worth of history that has ... Read more
changed the landscape of this bustling city. It is, in fact, the second largest city in Bulgaria, and the population of over 350,000 enjoy living in a city that is full of beautiful ancient architecture. From Byzantine era walls to renaissance architecture reminiscent of Bulgaria thanks to it's towering wooden construction methods, this city is full of scenic and historic places to visit. There is also a somewhat surprisingly active nightlife present here, and combined with the sites at Old Town, and the various unique restaurants across the city, Plovdiv is actually a rather inviting tourist destination, and one of the top such locales in all of Bulgaria.

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  • Old Town
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Plovdiv is European culture capital for 2019. The city, built on 7 hills like Rome, is full oh historic ruins

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Plovdiv is an amazing hidden gem with lots of roman architecture to see such as the Roman Amphitheatre. It's a stunning city well worth a visit

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One of the oldest cities in all of Europe, Plovdiv has an attractive old town and a handful of museums and churches.

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Rich in history. Slow unchanged with hint of modern. As pure as you can get. The sites, wonder and history, all amazing

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Fun city to explore for a day.. The old city is definitely worth checking out and the art district can be skipped

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This is a very cool and interesting city, my favorite in Bulgaria. Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria but is known in many ways as the "cultural center." It is built on seven hills and has an amazing "Old Town" with amazingly designed ornate houses which date from the National Revival Period 18-19th Century. The city is atmospheric, has lots of cafes, galleries. It is a happening place with large university.

Recommended for:BackpackersHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers

The Old Town of Plodviv, is famous for historically preserving the style of architecture and buildings of the Bulgarian Renaissance. Lots of narrow, paved streets guide the visitor to well preserved mansions, museums, churches and picturesque corners of unique beauty. All buildings share the traditional architectural style and the visitor will enjoy a short trip in time while walking on these narrow streets, a trip in the Balkan traditions that are still alive at the heart of Plovdiv’s Old Town.

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I visited Plovdiv in July, 2007 about a week after I moved to Istanbul. You see I first reported to my job the day after I arrived in Turkey and they told me that I would have two weeks to settle in, so I decided to go on vacation.

I took the "Bosphorus Express" train to Plovdiv and it was interminably slow. However, after a hot night in train cars that smell like smoke and sweat, I did arrive in the town early in the morning. I didn't have any accommodations arranged and so when an older lady offered me a couch in her apartment for about $10 per night, I accepted.

Plovdiv is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. It was a Thracian city before it was conquered by Macedon and renamed Phillipopolous. Of course the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans all ruled the city before Bulgarian independence in the late 19th century. The mix of so many different races and nationalities is apparent from the architecture: from Trajan's theatre to the small mosques to the metal statue of Philip II downtown. Plovdiv is a fascinating glimpse at multiple layers of history leftover like disparate shreds of peeling wallpaper.

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This is an extremely charming city with lots of historic structures, friendly people, interesting markets, fabulous food and is an easy day trip from Sofia. It is well worth a visit.


Plovdiv is one of the biggest cities in Bulgaria. This place is good for sightseeing, walking, night- life.