In 2019 traveling to Plovdiv, it will be a great choice. Why? Because this city of Bulgaria will be European Capital of Culture. The historical heritage and culture that surrounds its streets give it a special charm. Did you know that this is one of the oldest cities on the continent and that it has much to brag about? We tell you everything here!
Travel to Plovdiv, a walk through history
The origins of Plovdiv date back more than six thousand years ago, although there is no exact record of when it was founded. Yes, it is known here there was a Neolithic settlement thousands of years before the birth of Christ.Roman theater of Plovdiv
However, the city It already existed when in 342 B.C. the father of Alexander the Great conquered her and united his empire. At that time it was called Eumolpia, and shortly after it would belong to the Thracians, before becoming part of the Roman Empire.
However, the city of Plovdiv is one of the longest inhabited in the history of mankind. It has been on foot much longer than Athens or Rome, something that is said soon, but it takes longer to count.
In its streets there are endless remains of the heritage of civilizations that have passed through it. Throughout its history Plovdiv has been occupied by Romans, Thracians, Byzantines and Ottomans.
Currently, Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, behind its capital, Sofia. Further, is European Capital of Culture 2019, next to the Italian city of Matera. That means he has a lot to brag about!
Tips to enjoy your trip to Plovdiv
Having discovered Sofia, it is essential to travel to Plovdiv. You will be surprised to see how the passage of time and the different civilizations left their mark on their walls. But how to make the most of your stay here? What you need to know?
What to see in Plovdiv?Plovdiv Street
Our first step to enjoy the most is to have the travel itinerary ready. We start with the historic center of Plovdiv. Along its streets you will see countless houses of the 19th century. It is the ideal place to walk: cobbled streets and a very defined architectural style.
In the old town, you must also visit the oldest church in the city, that of Sveti Konstantin and Elena, from the 16th century. And at its ends is the longest pedestrian street on the continent, with 1750 meters. Its name is Knyaz Alxandar I and it competes with another one in Copenhagen for being the longest street in Europe.
At the end of that road we reach the Roman remains of the city. On the one hand, the Roman theater, and on the other, the stadium, which came to house thirty thousand people. Currently, the theater is still used for concerts and other events.
By last, We advise you to visit the Dzumaya Mosque, a jewel of the Ottoman Empire during the fifteenth century. And stroll through the Kapana neighborhood, a maze of streets that in the past was the artisans neighborhood. Currently its walls are decorated with murals.
How much time do we need to visit the city?Plovdiv Old Town
To see all the charms of Plovdiv is enough a day well spent. Since it is not a very big city after all, everything is relatively close, so you will have time to explore it and see the most important places.
However, another of the charms of Plovdiv that exceeds its cultural heritage is that it is a very lively city, but at the same time quiet. If you decide to spend the night in Plovdiv you can enjoy its nightlife and take a walk through the historic center in search of places that offer live music.
Also, if you are a beer lover, Here is an establishment where you can choose from 100 different beers. They come from every corner of the world you can imagine. Do not miss it!
If with all this you feel like traveling to Plovdiv, we advise you to do it as soon as possible. With the appointment of European Capital of Culture it is not surprising that its streets are filled with people from 2019. You already know it! Hurry up and be one of the first to visit it!