The city of Plovdiv is situated in southern Bulgaria. During its long history it has been conquered by numerous peoples: Thracians, Macedon, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgarians, Ottoman Turks which contributed to the city’s various historical heritage.
My day usually starts early in the morning, I get up, drink some lemon water and start planning the day. If I have to go out I take my longboard and ride it to the destination I have to go to. One of my favorite things in Plovdiv is that we have bicycle trails connecting the most important places in the city and you can ride whatever you like to each location you need, otherwise you can use the public transport which is very cheap and easy to understand. So whether I go out for work or just to have some fun with friends, I’m always having my laptop with me.
In the city center there are some great places where you can have a drink and work during the day. For example, just outside of the main street, you find yourself in “Kapana” (literal translation: “The Trap”). Once you get there you would never want to go back. The district emerged as a centre for craftsmen 5 centuries ago, so don’t be surprised of street names like Kozhuharska (Leather Str), Zhelezarska (Iron Str) and Zlatarska (Gold Str). The name of the district itself is inspired by the many tangled little streets. Nowadays you will not find traditions craftsmen here but contemporary creative entrepreneurs. This is due to the massive 3-year joint efforts of the Plovdiv Municipality and “Plovdiv 2019” Foundation put in transforming the until recently neglected part of the city into a real art centre and a districted dedicated to creative industries. You will find galleries, workshops, ateliers, studios, cozy restaurants and shops, as well as other art spaces, and there is even a vinyl shop! Kapana is everyone’s favorite place in the town!
Also, here are some interesting facts about Plovdiv:
- Plovdiv is called the City of the Seven Hills – Plovdiv is built on 7 hills around the Maritsa River. For this reason it has been historically referred to as the City of the Seven Hills. One of the hills was demolished over a hundred years ago, and there are only 6 hills now, however, the name has stuck.
- The town has the longest pedestrian street in Europe – The Main Street, beating previous record-holder Copenhagen, according to mayor Ivan Totev. After the formal opening of the latest stretch of Plovdiv’s pedestrian zone, the total length comes to 1750 metres, Totev said. The pedestrian zone in the Danish capital is 1500m.
- There are Signs of Roman Empire Everywhere in Plovdiv – There are any number of Roman remains in Plovdiv. You can see them everywhere – public buildings, baths, theatres and shrines. There’s a Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv that has survived into this day. There are Roman stadiums and aqueducts as well that can be found.
- Plovdiv is an Affordable Tourist Destination – Not only is Plovdiv a popular tourist destination, it is also a very affordable one. If you are backpacking through Europe, you must certainly spend at least some time in Plovdiv.
- The City of Museums – There are many popular museums in Plovdiv which showcase so much of Bulgaria’s culture and history. Most of the museums here, such as the Archaeological Museum, charge only a nominal fee to tourists for entrance, not more than 1 or 2 Euros. The Historical Museum is popular as well and captures the city’s history from the 16th century. The Ethnographic Museum is a must visit, as are the aviation museum and the Museum of Natural Science, which has the largest aquarium in Bulgaria.
- The Old Town of Plovdiv is Quite Something! Old Town, which lies at the heart of Plovdiv, is a treasure trove of European history. All buildings here have been built in the style of the Bulgarian Renaissance movement. You will enjoy walking on the medieval streets and get a sense of how life was like in Bulgaria 500 to 600 years ago.
- Experience Bulgarian Culture at Its Finest -Plovdiv has 30 art galleries, which showcase artworks from top Bulgarian artists. Plovdiv has the second largest library in Bulgaria, with over 1.5 million books, many of which hundreds of years old.
One Response to 24 Hours with Emily in Plovdiv
Wow this has only added more fuel to my burning desire to visit Bulgaria and indeed Plovdiv. Such an underrated country I am sad to say. More people need to know about Bulgaria’s beauty!