There are many other European countries that overshadow the majesty of Bulgaria but its magnificent role in tourism can not be underestimated. Bulgaria is located in Southeast Europe and one of the few countries that border five or more countries. It is famous for luxury items, famous brands in fashion accessories, museums, some fine beers & wine, shoe industry, great production of rose oil, the Orpheus, best choir singers, weapons, football, natural caves and many other things. Bulgaria is the country where first electronic computer and car air bag were invented. It also has been a land of celebrities like Tsvetana Pironkova, Kaloyan Mahlyanov and Veselin Tapalov. Bulgaria is also one of the biggest producers of wine and produces more than 200000 tonnes per year. World’s largest IMAX 3D Cinema and biggest botanical garden is located in Bulgaria. It has achieved its recognition because of its majestic cities like Sofia, Plovdiv, Bansko, Sunny Beach, Varna, Sozopol, Golden Sands, Veliko Turnovo, Nesebar, Brovets, Pamporovo, Burgas, Kiten, Tsarevo, Ruse, Lozenets and koprivshititsa. In this article, we will know in more detail about the city of Plovdiv which is one of the oldest cities of Bulgaria. Plovdiv is the second largest city of Bulgaria, located on the banks of the Maritsa River. It is considered as the best visited city after Sofia and more than 1 million people visit Plovdiv every year. The history of Plovdiv traces back to 8000 years ago when the town was founded by Ancient Greeks and named as Philippopolis. From a little community to a dynamic city, Plovdiv’s journey has been a sparkling one. Today, Plovdiv has great locations like Beklemeto Pass and Tundzha, some great structures like Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum, great food at a long range of restaurants and cafes, some exotic shopping spots, parks, pubs and much more.
Plovdiv has a humid subtropical polar tundra climate with warm summers. The temperature varies between 26 F to 89 F throughout the year. There are no dry seasons and you can expect more than 240 days of sunshine. The warmest month is July and December is the coldest one. Heavy rainfall is experienced during December and clear skies are seen around June mostly. The precipitation reaches its highest point during December. The best time to visit Plovdiv is between February and May.
How to get here?
Plovdiv is well served by Plovdiv Krumovo Airport, located just 8 km south east from the city. It is one of the busiest airports in the country with more than 1500 flights daily. It receives carriers from major airlines like Frontier, Kingfisher, US Airways, Bulga Airways, British Airways, Delta and more. There are other airports located near Plovdiv which also receive flights from international and domestic carriers. First is Sofia Airport, located 159 km from the city centre and second is Kavala International Airport, located 246 km from city centre. You can easily get to downtown from the airport via shuttles, cabs, taxis, rental cars or bus service.
Accommodation and Food
There are more than 50 accommodation options around Plovdiv in all price ranges. If you wish to stay at a luxurious hotel with a lot of additional facilities then Hotel Restaurant Hebros is the best choice. It offers central location in downtown, 10 well furnished and spacious rooms, back courtyard, spa, sauna, restaurant, health club and more. Other luxurious hotels include Hotel Leipzig, Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium, Avion Hotel, Bulgaria Star Hotel, Rodopi Hotel, Plaza Hotel, Mirena Hotel, Expo Hotel, Hotel Boris Palace, Kendros Hotel, Nord Hotel, Hotel Dafi, Park Hotel Plovdiv, Belle Ville Hotel, Hotel Metropol, Hotel Imperial Plovdiv, Hotel Rusalka, Alliance Hotel, Gabi Family Hotel, Hotel Ego, Novotel Plovdiv, Business Hotel Plovdiv, Maritza Hotel, Famous House, Hotel Elite Palace, Globus Hotel, Park Hotel Sankt, Peterburg, Philippopolis Hotel, Hotel Bordo, Hotel Nicol, hotel Afrodita and Gerdjika Hotel. Some budget hostels and apartments include Family Hotel Renaissance, Plovdiv Guesthouse, Hikers Hostel Plovdiv, Family Hotel Renaissance, Hotel Aqualand, Bike Hostel Plovdiv, The Penthouse Crib, Hostel Mostel, Raisky Kat Hostel, HOstel Old Plovdiv and My Guest Rooms Plovdiv.
You will find eating spots everywhere while taking a walk around the streets. There are more than 100 big and small restaurants, cafe and bars in Plovdiv offering exotic food, great cocktails and refreshing drinks. Some of the best choices include Vegan food at Veggic, International food at Hemingway, nice cocktails at Skerzzo Bar & Dinner, European food at Hebros Hotel Restaurant, German food at Jagerhof, Dessert at Sweet House Kolakov, Mediterranean food at Elea Restaurant, delicious coffee at Art Cafe Philipopolis, traditional Bulgarian food at Dayana Restaurant, Sushi food at Happy Bar & Grill and Eastern European food at Central Park- Mladezhki Halm Plovdiv.
The Bachkovo Monastery, also known as Monastery of the Mother of God Petrizonitissa is a christian architecture monument located at the Valley of the Kings in Plovdiv. It is a very important historical landmark of the city and the second largest Monastery in Bulgaria. It was built in 16th century and expanded in 18th century when some new gardens were added to it. The main attractions of monastery are souvenirs, icons, books, paintings, the courtyard with impressive trees and the cathedral royal doors.
The Beklemeto Pass is a mountain pass in Balkan Mountains in Plovdiv. The pass connects Troyan and Karnare on the Karlovo Plain. It is like an ancient road and attracts a lot of visitors. You will see people clicking pictures and taking a walk around here.