Plovdiv Tourism, Bulgaria

Visit Plovdiv - Best of Plovdiv

Nestled on the scenic plains of Rhodope mountain range, Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria. It is a major economic, cultural, industrial and educational hub of the country. A renowned art and historic centre, Plovdiv is often on the trip planners of people visiting Bulgaria from Greece and Turkey.

With more than 6,000 years of history, Plovdiv is said to be the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Europe. It was originally a Thracian city surrounded by seven tall hills. Subsequently, it was controlled by Macedonian Greeks until the Romans annexed the region into their empire in 46AD. During the 14th century, Ottomans took over the city. Like many other Bulgarian cities, Plovdiv was liberated by the Russian armed forces in the late 19th century. It continued to remain in the borders of Bulgaria until 1878, and served as a capital to Eastern Rumelia. Seven years later, both the regions became a part of the country.

Plovdiv is known for its impressive ancient buildings and religious monuments. It is home to several Ottoman style mosques, communist edifices, Byzantine antiquities, a magnificent Roman Amphitheatre and other historical tourist attractions. The cobbled streets, enchanting art galleries and bohemian taverns reminds one of Sofia, but only a peaceful and smaller version of it.

Plovdiv has many educational institutions with courses distributed through various levels, resulting in a large student population. The city also has a number of sports and recreational complexes that cater to both the residents and the visitors.

Plovdiv Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Plovdiv tips for your visit

  • Carry a pair of walking shoes as most of the old town is a pedestrian zone and there’s a lot of walking to do.
  • Be careful with the train ticketing system in Bulgaria. If you are buying a ticket for a two way journey. Be sure to get it stamped before boarding the train on returning.
  • Check the road twice before crossing the road, as the traffic can be terrible.
  • Mosquitoes can trouble you too much during summer. So, better carry a repellent along with you.

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Facts and Stats for Plovdiv*

  • Pollution Statistics in Plovdiv

    Know the pollution level of Plovdiv before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 75.93 (High)
    • Water Pollution 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.19 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 48.75 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 48.81 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • Plovdiv: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Plovdiv for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Plovdiv.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.52 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20.24 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 11.9 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 15.48 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35 (Low)
    • Attacks 27.38 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.95 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 93.18 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.73 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.24 (Moderate)
  • Living in Plovdiv - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Plovdiv is 136.72 (High)

    • Safety Index 68.22 (High)
    • Climate Index 82.57 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 67.55 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 22.75 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 37.92 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 44.41 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.73 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 60.61 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Plovdiv

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Plovdiv

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.06 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51.02 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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