What to do and see in Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria: The Best Places and Tips

July 23, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Plovdiv Province in Bulgaria, from Europe region, is best know for Points of Interest & Landmarks. Discover best things to do in Plovdiv Province with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Plovdiv Province

1. Plovdiv Old Town

Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Plovdiv Old Town

Bulgaria's "second city", Plovdiv has 19th century houses and Roman ruins, including a Roman Amphitheater in use today.

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Ordinary visitor needs at least a day and archeologists a week. All kinds of ruins are in the central part, mainly from antique times, some are even older. Main part is preserved, some neglected. Different churches and mosques are all around. A line of small museums and reconstructed houses (from different periods) are at the top of the old town. They are good for visit even in cold or rainy time. Top attraction is old, partly reconstructed Greek theater, interesting is pedestrian zone with a stadium under the street. You can visit an old basilica with mosaics.

2. Park Tsar Simeon

Veliko Tyrnovo St., Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Park Tsar Simeon

Reviewed By Andrew G - Thessaloniki, Greece

This must be the best park in Plovdiv. It features a big area full of nature to talk a morning jog or an evening walk. In the big "lake", situated in it there is a colorful Fountain which is best seen at night. Worth a visit

3. Plovdiv Roman Theatre

Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 922 reviews

Plovdiv Roman Theatre

Reviewed By Miha P - Maribor, Slovenia

Stone antique theater is real attraction. It was built between two hills and disappeared during the history. After excavations in was partly reconstructed and serves for the same purpose as centuries ago. It is still a theater for different Performances. Stone seats, really steep staircases and scene with pillars and sculptures are worth visiting.

4. Alyosha Soviet Army Memorial

Bunardzhika Park, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Alyosha Soviet Army Memorial

Reviewed By TravelinYokel

There's a maze of paths going up there, some more easy to take than others but even on the hottest of days the view is the best one you'll get of Plovdiv.

5. Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress)

Asenovgrad, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress)

Reviewed By 427BeatleBob - Watsonville, California

Personally, I was not too impressed with this site. I found the fortress or what was left of it was not photogenic but the church was from the outside. Not much to see inside.
You do have nice views overlooking the valley. They charge four Levs for entrance fee.

6. Bachkovo Monastery

10km south of Asenovgrad | on the main road between Assenovgrad and Smolyan, Bachkovo 4251, Bulgaria +359 87 718 1814
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 327 reviews

Bachkovo Monastery

The Bachkovo monastery is one of most important monasteries of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It is a real place of cult and religion that is very respected by the believers. The monastery is also a National monument of culture, reach of history, art and traditions. It conserves a huge number of icons, paintings, church buildings and very precious examples of church utensils from XI to XIX centuries. It is very possible to stay at the monastery, to have pleasure assist at an Orthodox mass, fill the spirit of Orthodoxy, see the wonderful paintings and picturesque surroundings, try the monastery's cuisine, wine and rakia.

Reviewed By saronic - Zurich, Switzerland

There are three famous and large monasteries in Bulgaria and all of them stauropegic, meaning that they were subordinated directly to the patriarch in Constantinople - at least in the beginning. The biggest and most beautiful to look at is the monastery of Rila, followed by Bachkovo and the most intimate of all: Troyan.
Maybe because there was restoration work going on and because parts of it were closed and inaccessible to visitors, of all the three I was the least impressed here in Bachkovo, especially from the point of view of atmosphere. But it is definitely a very worthwhile halfday tour to come here from Plovdiv and to combine it with a visit of the nearby Asen's Fortress.
From the parking lot to the entrance gate of Bachkovo one has to walk past several stalls, selling mainly local villager's products like jam and honey, of which I took some home on the way out. The monastery itself has two courtyards and three churches besides the monk cells and a refectory.
The only building, which has apparently survived from the times of its foundation in the 11th century is the ossuarium, outside the monastery itself and closed to visitors. The main church, dedicated to Sveta Bogoroditsa (Mother of God) - from the early 17th century - is all covered with wall paintings from a later period.
Inside the church one will usually see a queue of people, holding a candle and trying to get close to the miraculous icon of the Holy Virgin. To finally reach the silver encased icon they have to walk up three steps, something I don't remember having seen in any other orthodox church.

7. Ethnographic Museum

Doctor S.Chomakov str. 2, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria +359 32 624 261
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 261 reviews

Ethnographic Museum

Reviewed By saronic - Zurich, Switzerland

There are three reasons to visit this place. First the beautiful architecture of the building itself, second the typical interior decoration of a wealthy 19th century Plovdiv merchant house and third the ethnographic museum proper.
After passing a gate one comes into a green yard and can see the fascinating painted front, curved in its central part. There are curves on the roof too and also plenty more curves inside, especially with the elliptic ceilings. This is obviously the reason why this Bulgarian Renaissance mansion has gotten the sobriquet 'Baroque'.
The almost regal house consists of two floors. On the upper part one gets an idea of the 'alafranga' (Frankish, thus western) life-style of the Plovdiv 'upper class'. The mansion in fact had been be built - in 1847, as it says at the entrance - by a wealthy Greek merchant in homespun textiles. He had to leave the town, together with all other Greeks, during the ethnic cleansing in the area that followed the Bulgarian independence in 1878.
In the ground floor there are exhibits, which inform about the different economic activities in the area during mainly the 19th and early 20th century: Viticulture, Rice growing, Vegetable farming, Stock breeding, Cultivation of Tobacco and Damask Roses and also Goldsmithing and Jewellry-making.

8. Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis

Ploshtad Dzhumaya, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria +359 87 666 2881
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 292 reviews

Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis

Reviewed By Nik R - Varna, Bulgaria

The ancient Stadium of Philippopolis is another well-preserved building from the Roman times in Plovdiv and the biggest Roman structure on the Balkan Peninsula. It runs beneath, along the shopping pedestrian street downtown,it is partially restored and can be accessed close to Dzhumaya Mosque.
There are some info boards, a small souvenir shop and you can also watch a short 3D movie for a very cheap price.
It is commendable that such an old structure is so well taken care of.

9. Chiesa SS. Constantin e Elena

Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Chiesa SS. Constantin e Elena

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

This church is situated in the heart of Plovdiv's old town on a cobblestone lane filled with numerous fine old houses. Like the timber houses on this street, the Constantine and Elena Church is largely a product of the nineteenth century Bulgarian Revival. It features icons and wall murals from nineteenth century artists who were inspired by the religious art of Bulgaria's pre-0ttoman past.
This is a classic Bulgarian Orthodox Church with colourful frescoes depicting Biblical scenes and numerous images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. It also has a masterful iconostasis and an ornate wooden pulpit and priests' throne. There is a woman in attendance who sells candles and guidebooks to visitors. However, a brief visit will suffice for most tourists.

10. Roman Ruins and Tomb

City Centre | City Centre, Hissarya 4180, Bulgaria
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Roman Ruins and Tomb

Reviewed By Nikolai M - Sofia, Bulgaria

Hissarya is a small, sunny town 50 minutes drive from Plovdiv. Besides many mineral Springs, you will see a preserved ancient Roman fortress. So much history gathered in one place. It's worth seeing. An extra impression - the streets are dirty and the park is neglected, uncovered build structures and building rubbles. Probably the town is poor, but that can not be an excuse for the negligence and laziness of the local municipal administration.

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