Top 12 Things to See and Do in Plovdiv

Plovdiv | © Dennis Jarvis/WikiCommons
Plovdiv | © Dennis Jarvis/WikiCommons
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3 April 2017

Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria and a favourite with visitors. Its rich cultural life, beautiful ancient setting, and laid back atmosphere attract many foreigners but it’s a popular weekend destination for Bulgarians as well. Check out some of the main attractions that Plovdiv has to offer.

Ancient Amphitheater

The Ancient Theater is perched on top of a hill with a view over one of the busiest boulevards in the city. It still has its original Roman seats. Most of the time the theater wasn’t used as an entertainment spot by the Romans but was the venue for local governors’ meetings. It did host Gladiator fights though! Today, you can watch a live concert or an opera performance at the Amphitheater in summer.

Ancient Theater, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The Old Town

The Old Town of Plovdiv is situated on top of three of the city’s hills. Bring comfortable shoes as you will have to walk up cobblestoned streets. Many of the Revival-period houses in the Old Town are now museums. If you have to choose among them, Balabanov’s House, the Ethnographic Museum and the History Museum are among the most spectacular.

Plovdiv’s Old Town | © maristeneva0/Pixabay

The Archaeological Museum

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Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv
Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv | © Vladislav Nedelev/WikiCommons
Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe, its history dating back to 4000 BC. Knowing this, you can’t skip a visit to its Archaeological Museum. Next door is the museum dedicated to the unification of Bulgaria and across from it you’ll see a big monument symbolizing unified Bulgaria.

Sunset at one of the hills

Climb any of the hills of Plovdiv for a beautiful sunset. The three hills on which the Old Town is located are the most usual choice because they are close to the center. Another good option is the hill with the Alyosha soldier monument on top.

View of Plovdiv | © Pixabay

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