With 347000 inhabitants Plovdiv (Пловдив in Bulgarian) is the second largest city
of Bulgaria and its economic centre. Its area has been settled since the 6th millenium BC, making it one of the oldest continuously settled cities in the world. Plovdiv has an interesting old town with several historic houses and a Roman amphitheatre on Nebet hill; on the hill's summit lie the ruins of an ancient Thracian fortress. At the bottom of the hill is a large pedestrian area which extends from Dzhumaya square, where the homonymous mosque and the ruins of the ancient stadium of Philippopolis lie, to the garden of tsar Simeon in the south.
Plovdiv lies in the Bulgarian plains on the banks of the Mariza river, 130km southeast of Sofia and 170km south of the Romanian border. It's a pleasant city with several green areas and a large number of historic buildings and sights.
How to get to Plovdiv
Plovdiv has an international airport with direct flights to a number of European cities. It is also accessible by road or by train.
Accommodation options include hotels and pensions, all bookable via the international booking portals.