"The City of the Seven Hills"- often referred like this in Bulgaria, as the city is historically developed on seven syenite hills.
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and the European Capital of Culture for 2019. It is no wonder why Plovdiv is Bulgaria's cultural capital as it is one of Europe's oldest cities with many architectural landmarks dating back to Thracian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman times.
Evidence of Plovdiv's long history is present throughout the whole city architecture—from Roman ruins to Ottoman influences to Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Moreover, the city is situated in a fertile region of south-central Bulgaria on the two banks of the Maritsa River.
Top things to see in Plovdiv
• Explore the picturesque Old Town
Old Plovdiv is home to cobblestone streets and traditional houses, which blend with Plovdiv’s Roman ruins. Many of them have now been turned into museums and are definitely a must-visit if you want to completely immerse yourself in Plovdiv's ancient vibe.
• A walk through the Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre
The Roman theatre of Plovdiv is one of the world's best-preserved ancient theatres, built nearly 2,000 years ago by the Romans. The Amphitheatre is situated in the centre of the Old Town.
• Go around Plovdiv Roman Stadium
Not to be confused with the Roman Theatre, the city also preserves the ruins of the Roman Stadium right in the city centre of Plovdiv. The stadium is not as well-preserved as the Amphitheatre, but you can still see its remains. Back in the day, this 2nd-century stadium could seat approximately 30,000 spectators, although now you can only see parts of this structure.
• Take pictures with the "Together" Plovdiv 2019 Logo
Plovdiv’s official slogan for the European Capital of Culture 2019 is “Together,” which symbolizes the importance of creating and nurturing unity in the city as a means of expressing culture and fostering creativity. You can find it right in the city centre of Plovdiv.
• Get ‘trapped’ in Kapana (meaning “trap”)
The neighborhood of Kapana is a newly renovated area of Plovdiv that locals call the “Trap.” The reason behind this is because there are so many narrow alleyways and hidden back streets that it’s very easy for the tourists to get lost and “trapped.”
Explore the taste of Bulgarian Cuisine
Enjoy typical Bulgarian food in any of the restaurants around the Kapana district.
Bulgaria has many traditional food dishes, which are unique to the country from the early Thracian times.
• Do not miss out on trying Bulgarian White Cheese - It is a brined cheese, produced from goat, sheep or cow milk, and is used either plain or as an essential part of other dishes - from the “shopska salad” to the “banitza.”
• Bulgarian Yoghurt is one of a kind. Produced by the Lactobacterium Bulgaricum bacteria, which grows no place else in the world. Yoghurt (also called "kiselo mlyako," meaning “sour milk”) is an important part of many Bulgarian dishes.
• Shopska Salad - a Bulgarian fresh salad made with the traditional Bulgarian White Cheese also popular throughout the Balkans. It is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, raw or roasted peppers, white cheese and parsley.
• Banica- is a traditional Bulgarian dish in the “börek family” prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between filo pastry and then baking it in an oven. This is a common Bulgarian breakfast and a must-try!