This weekend, me and a friend decided to explore the second largest city in Bulgaria, known as Plovdiv. Plovdiv has been awarded the 2019 European Capital of Culture, and we wanted to see if it really did live up to this title. In 1878 the Russian army liberated Plovdiv of the Ottoman rule, however, having been under its rule since 1364 it’s architecture is heavily influenced by the Ottoman Empire.
Plovdiv is in the South of Bulgaria, and is also known as the city of seven hills. It is situated on the two banks of the Maritsa River. Nowadays, Plovdiv can be roughly divided into the Old Town and New Town. Each area has so much to offer.
As with any Bulgarian city, Plovdiv was not costly to visit. It is well connected to other Bulgarian cities by public transport such as train and coach. During our time in Plovdiv we came across two large Tourist Information centres, whilst clear signs directed us to all the main attractions. What we found quite interesting was that a number of streets had signs with a description beneath them in English, shedding some light on the history and relevance of the street, if any.
We would definitely recommend taking a visit, here are some pictures what we took, enjoy!