Before our trip to Bulgaria, I knew nothing about the city of Plovdiv. However, it came to surprise us. The oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe is beautiful and charming – a must visit when coming to Bulgaria.
European capital of the culture 2019 the city has undergone major investments within it’s tourism market – and it shows. Which is why I’ve put together my ultimate guide as to the 4 things to do in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. These four things can be done over the space of two full days, however to really experience this city I’d suggest spending up to four days here.
Plovdiv is steeped in 6,000 years of history. Which is why we loved the free Plovdiv tour. Run by the same company who runs the tour in Sofia this 2.5 hr tour takes you around the city and shares the history that you would otherwise struggle to realise.
The tour happens daily (regardless of the weather) at 11am and 6pm and meets outside the Municipality building.
In the old town, you’ll find the Ethnographic Museum, this beautiful, beautiful building provides displays collections of artefacts with the ethnographic character on the territory of Plovdiv and the region. As well as permanent displays there’s also specialist exhibitions featuring; national traditional costumes, textiles and carpets, musical instruments and ritual properties.
The museum is open daily – except for Mondays. For more information visit the Ethnographic Museum website.
Ancient Theatre of Philipoppol
One of the greatest things to do in Plovdiv, Bulgaria has to be a trip to the Ancient Theatre of Philipoppol. Situated in the old town this is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world.
What I found particularly fascinating about this particular sight in Plovdiv is that it wasn’t rediscovered until the 1970’s – and subsequently reconstructed in the 1980’s.
The theatre was constructed in the 90’s of the first century AD. Used for gladiatorial and hunting games the theatre seated approximately 6,000 spectators. It was used until the end of the IV century. Now, it plays host to concerts and performances by opera singers and rock bands.
When you make it to the top of the hill you’re likely to see some scatter stones and some bits of old wall. These are the remains of the earliest settlement in Plovdiv. Evidence has been found that the site was settled as early as 12th century BC.
There we have it. My favourite four things to do in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. As always, I’d love to know what you’ve been doing in Plovdiv. Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add the very best to this guide. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out our daily vlog ‘Exploring Plovdiv, Bulgaria’