Plovdiv: Bulgaria’s Most Enjoyable City

   Since I spent two months in Bulgaria I decided to take the best out of it. I was involved in a project so I only had the weekends free and one free week at the end of the project. As you can guess, I decided to explore the country as much as possible.

   Of all the cities that I visited Plovdiv was my favorite. It is a city where you can go to spend a weekend with your family or you can go to have fun, it depends what are you looking for. Into it’s modern and people-friendly layout it has artfully incorporated its archaeological sites. The city is a beautiful mix of medieval/ Renaissance period buildings and modern ones. There are many remains preserved from antiquity such as the archaeological complex Eirene, the ancient Plovdiv Roman theatre, Roman odeon, Roman aqueduct, Roman Stadium and others. Of course, my favourite parts were the Old City and the pedestrian zone.

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   Not to forget, Plovdiv has evidence of habitation since the 6th millennium BC and it is considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world. The old name of the city was Philippopolis and it has 7 hills like Rome but, unfortunately, one of them was leveled during the communist regime. In 2014, Plovdiv was selected as the Bulgarian host of the European Capital of Culture 2019.

How I got there: Bus from Razgrad to Sliven (aprox. 166 km), bus rom Sliven to Plovdiv (aprox. 178 km)

Accommodation: East Gate Guest Rooms (2 nights), Hostel The House (1 night)

Things to see (my favourite ones): 

  1. The Old Town – amazing architecture

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2. Archaeological sites

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3. Pedestrian zone – you can find cafés and restaurants

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4. You should explore other parts of the city too, especially green areas (mini forests) and parks which are really beautiful

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I chose to travel

   I always loved diversity and the feeling you get when you arrive to a new place. I wanted to travel and I can say with joy and contentment that now I am able to do this more often than before.

    I have always associated travelling with the concept of stairs: the higher you climb, no matter how tired you are, you still want to take an extra step to see more; I would call it an infinite stairway. The beauty of going through this way is that the more places I see, the more I want to see and each time I remember how we are small and how even though sometimes we tend to consider ourselves as the center of the universe, we are only another part of what surrounds us, of what we call life.

   I chose to travel at a time when I could find no place, nor the motivation to continue on the path that I took. I discovered a new passion and also a way to prove myself that daily efforts will be rewarded.