Did you know that Plovdiv is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, older than Rome and contemporary of Troy and Mycenae? With its 6000 years of history Plovdiv keeps evidence from the Neolithic, Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman, and National Revival periods. Due to its favorable location in the skirts of seven hills and on the banks of Maritsa River as well as being on a crossroad between the East and the West, number of civilizations has changed hands over Plovdiv leaving rich cultural heritage thereby forming Plovdiv’s unique architectural and cultural identity.
Nowadays, Plovdiv combines the contemporary spirit of a modern, vibrant city with its trendy cafes, restaurants, night clubs and imperial buildings for spectacular events built in the beginning of the 2nd century AD such as the Roman Stadium, the Ancient Theatre and the Roman Odeon. The city also hosts vast amount of cultural events some of them being the International Folklore Festival, the Opera Open Festival and many more throughout the year in the district of creative industries “Kapana”.
Plovdiv was for a reason listed by the Lonely Planet’s specialists among the top 10 tourist destinations to visit in 2015 surpassing cities like Vienna, Shanghai and Toronto. Moreover, Plovdiv won the contest for European capital of culture in 2019!
Come to Plovdiv and see the city’s turbulent transformation from Neolithic settlement to Thracian fortress and its transition from Roman to Byzantine to Ottoman rule, which can be traced through Plovdiv’s 200 archaeological sites and beautifully preserved buildings. Come and feel a touch of art and history.