Plovdiv is the third biggest city in Bulgaria, with a population of over 340 000 citizens. Situated almost in the heart of the country, on the both banks of Maritsa River and over 7 unique syenite hills, at 150 km away from the capital Sofia. There is a legend about these 7 hills – that they are rocks, thrown by the angry Zeus at Poseidon, who had stolen the son of the Rodopa Nymph.

The roads from Western and Middle Europe for The East, from Baltic to the Mediterranean and from the Black Sea to the Adriatic are crossing in Plovdiv. This extreme geostrategic situation has made the city political, economical and cultural center and was precondition for many conquerors to want to rule the city.

The city has millennial history. The most ancient inhabitants of these land were the Thracians, V-IV century B.C. In 342 B.C. the city was conquered by Philip II of Macedon, renamed to Philipopol and turned into a strong fortress. Actually this was the beginning of the real city of Plovdiv and that is why for it is accepted that the founder of the city is the Macedon King.

Nowadays the Plovdiv is a beautiful city, coming from the past and looking forward the future. It was in 1892 when the First Bulgarian Exhibition has taken place here, which had later turned into the International Plovdiv Fair. The Fair town is located over 360 000 sq. m. and has 24 multifunctional halls. Nowadays the fair is taking part two times per year – in the beginning of May for consumer goods and in September – for industrial goods. There are many other similar activities: the Vinaria Exhibition for production and trade with wine, which is the major activity of the wine sector in Southern-East Europe; exhibitions for produce of meals, beer, medical technique, hunting and fishing. AGRA is the most authoritative Bulgarian exhibition in the field of the Agriculture. Plovdiv is famous as a center of rich agricultural region and there are lots of fruits and vegetables at its markets. By the way, Plovdiv is producing about 1/10 of the economics of Bulgaria.

The city is a major cultural center, host of international festivals in folklore, opera and chamber music. There is annually National Art Exhibition every September. The city is a home place of the famous Bulgarian artists Tzanko Lavrenov, Zlatio Boyadjiev, atc.

Plovdiv is a big transport junction; there is an airport, too. It has several universities, too.

Undoubtedly the city and esp. its Old Part is very attractive to the tourists. The architectural reserve Old Plovdiv is spread all over the Three Hills (birth place of the town). It is here where the most interesting artifacts from the past are located – cult, public and residential buildings, archeological monuments, narrow pebble streets, as well as most of the famous restaurants in the city.

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Hotels in Plovdiv

Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium

An Exclusive SPA Package for two - book now and get many free services.

Leipzig Hotel

Modern and stylish hotel offering great vallue for money.

Noviz Hotel

Small hotel in the central part of Plovdiv with a SPA facilities.

Gabi Hotel

The hotel is situated in one of the Plovdiv parks, next to MALL of Plovdiv

Star Hotel

Perfectly located hotel on the main walking promenade of Plovdiv

Business Hotel Plovdiv

A typical business hotel. Each hotel's room or apartment has many business facilities and can be rent as office as well.