Plovdiv Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Plovdiv

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

    • Air Pollution 77.34 (High)
    • Water Pollution 42.39 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.73 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 49.14 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.33 (Low)
  • How safe is Plovdiv for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Plovdiv.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 19.79 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 11.46 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 74 (High)
    • Car Stealing 13.54 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 32.61 (Low)
    • Attacks 26.04 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.21 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 94 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 43.75 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Plovdiv is 136.74 (High)

    • Safety Index 69.3 (High)
    • Climate Index 82.57 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 66.98 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25.73 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.13 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 53.86 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.32 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 53.69 (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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.94 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.49 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 52.65 USD

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

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