"Old Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Plovdiv by unaS
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The road to Plovdiv from Sofia is partly agricultural, partly industrial ? large chimneys belching smoke :(
One can still see an occasional horse and cart, but lots of building going on ? mostly apartment houses. Soon won't be much open land left at all.
Took a taxi to the Guest House. Steepish hill going up ? not for walking with luggage. Streets in the Old Town are all large rough cobblestones. Slightly flatter on the sides of the roads ? the 'sidewalks'. Thick soled, flat walking shoes highly recommended!
Many have written here that Plovdiv isn't worth more than a few hours. I disagree. Spent hours and hours, 3 days actually, just wandering the streets of Old Town.
Fantastic architecture, views, surprises around every corner. Just standing in one spot and then turning around to face the opposite direction you will see something that you hadn't seen before. Small alleyways that lead anywhere but in the direction that you thought they would go? A wonderland to get lost in, find different architectural fantasies, archeological surprises, hills and stairs that lead always onwards to more of the same.
A quiet, lovely town to just relax and melt in. The Old city is full of interesting sights to see.
There is a new Tourist Info Office near the Central Post Office on Tsentralen Square. Friendly and want to be helpful but few resources. Best map for Old Town is the Plovdiv Tourist map by Datamap, cost 2.50 leva (~1.25 Euro).
Best Guide with explanations: Old Plovdiv by Alexander Pizhev. Bought my copy (4 leva - ~2 Euro) in the SS Konstantin I and Elena church on Suborna street. The Rough Guide also gives some good descriptions, but doesn't cover nearly all of the places to visit in the small area.
Don't forget the Roman stadium discovered on the square under Knyaz Battenberg I and Raiko Daskalov streets.
Then there is the huge forum recently found just by Tsentralen Square... and the Greek theatre
A day trip to Bachkovo Monastery, with its church and lovely walks in the area; lovely inexpensive places to eat or buy take-out food, parks to sit in and people watch...Plovdiv is certainly worth more than a few hours!
- Pros:Quiet, remarkable archetecture, lovely walks.
- Cons:Hills, hills, hills...
- In a nutshell:A place that I would happily return to.
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