Plovdiv Airport Mini Guide
What is Plovdiv Like?
The city is very old, in fact the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe, dating back to Neolithic times. In history it has been a Thracian city before becoming part of the Roman Empire. Today much of the evidence of Roman occupation is still clearly visible including the amphitheatre, odeon and market places. With over 200 archaeological sites, it is one of the richest cities in Europe for ancient history and many people go there each year simply for the archaeology. Outside the city, the slopes of the nearby hills attract thousands of skiers in the winter and hikers and mountain bikers in the summer.
How do I get to Plovdiv?
Seven miles away from the city you’ll find Plovdiv Airport which has a growing number of budget airline flights each year including a year round scheduled flight from Stansted
with Ryanair. Journeys into the city can be made quickly by taxi, bus, train or hire car.
What’s the Airport Like?
After much wrangling, a state of the art new terminal opened in 2009 giving the airport a more modern feel. However, the interior has failed to match the stylish exterior. This is borne out by the lack of facilities found in the airport which has only a small café bar and a single shop. You can hire a car at the airport or collect a pre-booked car. The hire company desks are found in the main terminal in the arrivals hall.
What Can I See and Do in the City?
Begin by taking the free city tour. You may pick up some ideas for going back and taking a second look at places of interest such as St Marina church with its wooden tower, or the huge Roman amphitheatre that was designed to seat 30,000; half the city’s population in Roman times. You can also take a train ride to the top of the Mladeshki Hill for great views of the city, especially at sunset. The old town is very special too with sleepy lanes in the hot summer daytime which revive to become home to trendy bars and restaurants after dark. In the winter, most of the action centres on the ski resorts just out of the city, especially popular with British
skiers with the favourable exchange rate.
What Makes a Good Souvenir From the City?
Bulgaria is famed for its products made from rose oil and many of the shops in Plovdiv stock the variety of products that contain the precious oil. Wooden toys are also a popular gift, especially if buying for children to take home. Many are hand-made and brightly painted.
What’s a Traditional Bulgarian Meal?
Bulgaria is famous for its sheep’s milk and cheese and many food items contain these products. Favourites for snacks are the Borek, similar to the Turkish
version with filo pastry rolls stuffed with cheese and herbs. It’s also famous for the kebabs and the spicy sauces that accompany them.
Plovdiv is the second largest Bulgarian city and the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe. The old town is fascinating with numerous Roman ruins and restored Roman buildings. The city isn’t far from the border with Greece
and the mountains that separate the city and Greece are renowned for excellent skiing.
Hiring a car from the airport will get you to the nearest ski resort in under an hour. Back in the city, take a free guided tour of the city and visit the Puldin restaurant whose underground rooms abut the ruins of former Plovdiv.