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Sightseeing in Plovdiv - what to see. Complete travel guide

A miraculous city of artists, Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in whole Europe. For many years, it has been the center of attraction for thousands of travelers. The city, indeed, has much to offer to its guests – unique historical landmarks, ultra-modern entertainment complexes, magnificent nature, and the inimitable national heritage of the area. Plovdiv has an incredibly large number of historical landmarks – there are more than 200 sites that have the status of landmarks of the national importance. Locals have managed to preserve many magnificent historical buildings, and museums of Plovdiv exhibit true treasures – priceless historical artifacts and artworks.
You can find places with dishes of Bulgarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Serbian and other cuisines of neighboring countries in Plovdiv. Many migrants live here. They are ready to introduce … Open
According to one theory, first settlements in the territory of the modern city appeared more than 6,000 years ago. During the antique period, the prosperous city of Evmolpiada was located there. For many years, it belonged to Thrace, and in the first century B.C.E. it became a part of the Roman Empire. The city had an important strategic location, and that fact made it incredibly attractive for numerous conquerors. In the 6th century, Slavic tribes controlled that region. In the end of the 9th century, the city was added to the First Bulgarian kingdom.
That didn’t save the city from numerous attacks. Ancient Plovdiv was fully robbed by the Crusaders four times. The Byzantine Empire claimed its territory several times. Finally, in the 14th century, the city was conquered by the Ottomans. Taking into consideration such a great number of military actions in the territory of modern Plovdiv, it’s a true miracle that so many old buildings have survived till our days. Nowadays, unique Roman thermae, an antique amphitheater, magnificent medieval basilicas, and striking architectural landmarks of later periods draw the attention of numerous guests of Plovdiv. Remarkably, local people keep using many of these antique buildings. Many of these beautiful houses and mansions have been transformed into hotels, restaurants, and shops. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Many events take place in Plovdiv. For example, the Specialized Exhibition of Flowers, Ornamental Plants, Garden Equipment and Supplies takes place here in March. Everyone who is fond of … Open
Roman Amphitheatre is one of the most important historic symbols of Plovdiv. It’s a typical venue for numerous festivals and national celebrations. Nebet Tepe is the heart of the ancient town. Many centuries ago, it was a Thracian fortress. Unfortunately, only fragments of the walls have survived till our days. As Plovdiv belonged to Turkey for several years, there are several magnificent mosques in the city, with Imaret Mosque being one of the most attractive and popular.
Bulgaria-0776 - Roman Theatre of Philippopolis Plovdiv is an attractive modern city that has managed to keep its fantastic historical charm and harmonious atmosphere. It’s a great place for all tourists who enjoy walking on old streets and exploring architectural landmarks. As the city is very old, many streets of the historical center are pedestrian only. Street Prince Alexander I is the main pedestrian street in Plovdiv. It’s a great place to see magnificent buildings of the 19th century. Many of these buildings are now occupied by popular restaurants and souvenir shops.
It will take more than one day to visit all historical landmarks and cultural centers of Plovdiv. The Old Town is the traditional location of numerous places of interest that all guests of … Open
International Fair Plovdiv is one of the most crowded places in the city. Large international trade fairs take place two times a year there. These events start in spring and autumn, but the cultural life of the city is not limited to these fairs only as there are many no less interesting celebrations. Healthy lifestyle adherents will also be not disappointed with their vacation in this ancient city. Plovdiv is home to numerous unique geothermal springs that are recognized as one of the best in the whole country. The charming city with the rich history and mesmerizing architecture will not leave its guests indifferent and will help them enjoy an unforgettable holiday.
Acquaintance with the national cuisine is a great way to make your vacation in Plovdiv even more exciting. At the resort, there are many restaurants that specialize in Bulgarian cuisine. Meat dishes and dairy products make up the basis of the national cuisine. Only here vacationers can try an unusual soup that has fermented milk as its main ingredient. Fans of hearty meat dishes will be pleased with the choice of various sausages in local cafes and restaurants. Don’t forget to try local smoked ham as it has a truly amazing taste.
There is a large variety of entertainment in Plovdiv. If you come to the city in the hot summer, be sure to visit Aqualand Water Park. You can swim and relax in Aqualand, as well as get a … Open
The XIX Century tavern has become a true landmark of the city. The tavern looks like an old house and a visit to it can simply turn into an interesting and exciting excursion. The dining venue exhibits many historical items. For example, there are antique rifles and hunting trophies attached to the walls. One can also see an interesting collection of old photographs. However, numerous gourmet visitors come to this legendary tavern with one purpose – to taste the signature dish called manastirski keremida. It may taste like a truly exotic delicacy to the majority of tourists as it is a combination of bowels, tongue, and various types of mushrooms. As local chefs use different meat to cook this dish, it tastes differently in different restaurants.
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National and city parks around Plovdiv
♥   National Park 'Centralen Balkan' , 66.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Ethniko Parko Oroseiras Rodopis' , 90.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Bulgarka' , 94.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Rila' , 96.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Vrachanski balkan' , 155.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Plovdiv from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Skull Rhodope

From the series “Most Curious Artifacts of Extraterrestrial Origin”
The researches of the found artefact had already ended 2002 for unknown reasons. The scientists have not found any evidence of the earth's origin of the skull. The Rhdopen skull is one of the few known artifacts, whose extraterrestrial origin is not a source of doubt among scientists from different countries. Roman Gentschev is the owner of the unique artifact and does not want to sell it at any price and for no price. The proposals to sell the skull, he has since the first days after publication of its history in the mass media. … Read further

Plovdiv

From the series “Remains of the First Ancient Cities”
Ruins of residential and public buildings are also preserved in the historic district as well. It was possible to almost completely restore the ancient theater in recent years. About 3,000 spectators can be accommodated in it today. The theater is regularly used for various festivals and cultural events. Fragments of the old fortress wall are also preserved in Plovdiv. It was built by the Thracians. Guests of the city will be able to see historic buildings of various eras. Many medieval buildings have survived. Mosques are also preserved here. They were built in the early 15th century. The historic district has autonomous status today. It is a huge open-air museum. … Read further
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