When Plovdiv, Bulgaria pinged our radar we expected a hilltop old town, Roman Ruins, and Byzantine architecture – and this vibrant city definitely delivered.
But the best surprise was “The Unexpected” …
What we didn’t expect was a style of architecture totally new to us, world-class street art, as well as a trendy, semi-bohemian neighborhood crowded with local artisan shops and cafes. And of course, a weekend street festival buzzing just around the corner from our apartment didn’t hurt either.
Plovdiv is smaller than the capital Sofia, and prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere with a youthful, university-town vibe. The lack of big city hustle and bustle enticed us to spend a week there. Many of the streets in the center have been pedestrianized, and all attractions are within easy walking distance. So exploring on foot is the perfect way to experience the city’s charms.
And its many tourist attractions and quality of life haven’t gone unnoticed; it’s been chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Plovdiv was a wonderful surprise and we fell in love. So in our next posts we’ll zero in on what we loved about this attractive, energetic city, and hopefully, convince you that it should be on your bucket list.
James & Terri
Photo Credits: 1. N. Lazarov via Wikimedia Commons