Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019
Nestling in the south part of Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a leading cultural, religious, wine and shopping destination which never fails to reveal exciting, new facets of its character.
With its 8-millennia history, Plovdiv has been proclaimed the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Europe and the 6-th oldest in the world. The city has been listed under #3 in «ТOP 10 most beautiful ancient cities in the world». It was also included in the Lonely Planet’s rank of «ТOP 10 must-visit destinations in 2015».
Various sites and activities turn Plovdiv into a real treasure on Earth, which must be discovered. Culture and architecture: The pearl of the city – The Old Town has preserved historical layers from Prehistorical, Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, middle Ages, Revival and Modern Times. Extremely well-preserved are the Roman monuments and mosaics, as well as the churches and the Revival houses, most of which have been turned either into museums, or boutique hotels and restaurants.
A touch of art: The diversity of art galleries and museums makes Plovdiv a must-visit destination. Especially attractive is Kapana District, which is the district of creative industries with plenty of art shops offering various artistic activities and trendy cafes and bars with unique atmosphere and coziness. The area of Kapana has become favorite place for the locals as it host number of festivals and artistic events. Kapana District will also play main role in the cultural program of Plovdiv in 2019 when the city will be the European capital of culture.
Beauty and romance: Plovdiv is located on seven hills which perfect places for sport and cultural events. The romantic atmosphere of the city can be felt everywhere – whether enjoying Lake with the Singing fountains, or having a drink in an art cafeteria.
Top events all-year-round: Plovdiv regularly hosts high-level events set in various areas, which venues include some cultural sites.
Various opportunities: Plovdiv is a paradise for each and every wine-lover and some of the world top events in this branch are held here. It also has one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, which is a perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. With its central location, Plovdiv is perfect for day-trips.
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Attend an event at the Ancient Theatre
Plovdiv is proud of having one of the biggest and most impressive open-air stages which dates from 2nd century - the Ancient theatre. Apart from a perfectly-preserved cultural monument, it is a venue of the top concerts and annual festivals, such as the Opera Open festival, the International Folklore Festival, the rock festival Sounds of ages and others.
Wine and dine
Food and wine enjoy special attention in Plovdiv. There are plenty of restaurants renowned for their high-quality cuisine, consisting both of Mediterranean and typical Bulgarian dishes. The excellent wines from the biggest wine region in Bulgaria are what makes such delicious meals even better. Do not miss visiting the wine clubs, where you can enjoy a special selection of wines, combined with local dishes and stories for wine production on these lands – a tradition almost as old as the city itself.
You cannot come to Plovdiv and miss visiting Kapana district– the first quarter devoted to creative industries. Discover the art galleries and workshops, enjoy a drink in an art cafeteria, or explore the nightlife of Plovdiv with the variety of clubs which will perfectly satisfy your expectations for a wonderful evening out. Kapana is also a venue of various festivals and artistic events.
Ride a bike along the Rowing Canal and the newly built bike lanes
Plovdiv is a bicycle-friendly city. Explore the huge cycle trail network of and discover the modern sites, such as the Rowing Canal and the newly built bike lanes. This not only the venue of national and international championships in rowing , but also one of the most preferred places for sports and walks, located in the heart of the beautiful Leisure and Culture park.
Enjoy the special dance of the “Singing Fountains” in Tsar Simeon’s Garden
The Tsar Simeon's Garden is an excellent place to end a good day, especially during the summer. The garden is ideal area for a walk, with various walkways, splendid fountains and flowers. Make the evening even more romantic by going to the Lake with the Singing fountains – the most beautiful place to visit after sunset, when a real fairy of light and music starts.