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Plovdiv

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The city of Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in the world – a predecessor of Rome and Athens and a contemporary of Troy and Mycenae.

The city of Plovdiv is located in the Upper Thracian plain, on both banks of the Maritsa River. Plovdiv is located 145 km from the city of Sofia, 37 km from the city of Pazardzhik and 100 km from the city of Stara Zagora. The city is surrounded from the north and south by large mountain ranges, which favor the development of various types of tourism. The climate in the region is transitional-continental, with average annual temperatures in summer around 30 °C and in winter around 6 °C. The average annual temperature is 12.3 °C.
The city of the hills” – created in the Neolithic period, more than 8000 years ago. The first settlements in the city of Plovdiv are the mounds. To this day, there are preserved ones in the individual districts of the city, one of the most studied is Yasa Tepe, and one of the most interesting is Nebet Tepe. In the 6th century, the territory of the city of Plovdiv was inhabited by the large Thracian tribe of the Odris. In IV BC Ancient Macedonia became an important military-political factor in Southeast Europe. Its ruler Philip II overcame the power of the Thracians and subdued them. Settling on this territory, he assessed the best geographical strategic location of the Nebet Tepe settlement and turned it into an important place to this day. Ancient scholars believe that the city was the work of Philip II and therefore it was named Philippopolis or, as the Thracians translate it, Pulpudeva.
The city of Plovdiv is a great destination for those who also want to get to know their past or simply want to break away from everyday life even for a few days and immerse themselves in the beauty of the ancient city. The history that protects the city of Plovdiv is a history of generations, transmitted and inherited to this day. All sights – cultural monuments, theaters, basilicas, museums and stadiums – retrospectively recreate the life of our ancestors.
In order to see and get to know the essence of such a magnificent city as Plovdiv, a long vacation or excursion will be necessary, therefore we at Geo Adventurers have selected only the places that we believe are a must-visit. We will start with the Architectural-Historical Reserve “Ancient Plovdiv”. The reserve is located in the central part of the city of Plovdiv, uniting the history of several eras. Of Roman origin, the Ancient Theater, the Roman Stadium, the Ancient Stadium, numerous basilicas, etc. have been preserved. The Ancient Theater – one of the most preserved ancient theaters in the world and the only restored and functioning one in Bulgaria. The theater is located on Trihulmieto in the Old Town. It was active until the 5th century and gathered about 6,000 spectators. The theater is open to visitors and tourists every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and every first Thursday of the month is a free visit day for students and pensioners. The Roman stadium – created at the beginning of the 2nd century, under Emperor Hadrian, the stadium still impresses future generations with its size and appearance. Today, the stadium is located under the main pedestrian street of Plovdiv. Its northern part is accessible to visitors. The next place we recommend you go to is the Nebet Tepe Archaeological Complex. Nebet Tepe is the place where the foundations of the city of Plovdiv were laid. To this day, Nebet Tepe is an important part of the city’s fortifications, which has undergone numerous improvements over the years. Other interesting cultural and historical attractions that you can visit in the city of Plovdiv are: the Regional Archaeological Museum – opened in 1882, preserving over 100 000 exhibits, recreating the history of the Plovdiv district over the years, the museum is open to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday – 9:30 – 17:00, the Regional Ethnographic Museum – established in 1917, Today the museum hosts various events, festivals, concerts, performances, and has additional attractions for tourists – for example, demonstrations of traditional crafts. While exploring the city of Plovdiv, one must pass through one of the oldest artistic districts – Kapana. In the past, the traditional craftsmen of Plovdiv inhabited this district – today it has become a modern, cultural place, where galleries, workshops, studios, studios, cozy restaurants and shops, all kinds of other art spaces are gathered in one place.
The “Fair Town” – the next place that will surely intrigue you. Plovdiv is the only city in Bulgaria that organizes such a large-scale international fair, including over 40 year-round exhibition events, in which more than 8,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries participate. Important trade forums are held at the Plovdiv fair, where Bulgarian producers enter the international market. The fair town has a variety of halls, centers, hotels, restaurants, places for recreation and walks. There are countless worthwhile tourist attractions in the city of Plovdiv. With a longer stay and more free time, they are still worth seeing: Ancient Forum with Odeon, Late Antique Building “Eirene”, Hisar Capia, Clock Tower of Sahattepe, Balabanova House, Gallery “Zlatyu Boyadzhiev”, Tsar Simeon’s Garden, House of Science and Technology, Rowing Canal /place where national and international sports events and competitions are held – in the neighborhood are Park “Recreation and Culture” and Stadium “Plovdiv”, Plovdiv citizens call the area “the lungs” of the city / and the Children’s Railway / open in the summer season for the leisure of young and old, from April to September, the Children’s Railway, which is located on the Youth Hill.
Plovdiv is a destination suitable for both children and adults. No matter if you are on an excursion, a tour, a family weekend with children, a business trip or a congress trip, don’t miss exploring Old Plovdiv, Kapana… take some time to look at the exhibitions at the International Fair, but above all, don’t stop having fun and you enjoy the beauty of the city and its surroundings. We strongly recommend a more active vacation in this part of Bulgaria, including, in addition to an informative walk, a walk among the incredible nature in the surroundings of Plovdiv.

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