Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Bulgarian Thrace

Bachkovo Monastery

About 30km south of Plovdiv stands the magnificent Bachkovo Monastery, founded in 1083. Most of the complex dates from the 17th century onwards, with the Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa (1604) as its colourful centrepie…
Top Choice Historic Site in Plovdiv

Roman Amphitheatre

Plovdiv’s magnificent 2nd-century AD amphitheatre, built during the reign of Emperor Trajan, was uncovered during a freak landslide in 1972. It once held about 6000 spectators. Now largely restored, it's one of Bulg…
Top Choice Ruins in Bulgarian Thrace

Red Church

The rust-red ruin of a late Roman church creates an enigmatic silhouette in the fragrant meadowlands outside Perushtitsa, 20km southwest of Plovdiv. The modern visitors centre tells the story of this rare brick cons…
Museum in Plovdiv

Balabanov House

One of Plovdiv's most beautiful Bulgarian National Revival–era mansions, Balabanov House is an enjoyable way to experience old town nostalgia as well as contemporary art. The house was faithfully reconstructed in 19…
Ruins in Bulgarian Thrace

Asen's Fortress

The panoramic views from Asen's Fortress, which squats precariously on the edge of a cliff 19km southeast of Plovdiv, will make your stomach flutter. Early incarnations of the structure were bulked up by Thracians i…
Museum in Plovdiv

Ethnographical Museum

Even if you don't have time to step inside, it would be criminal to leave Plovdiv's old town without glancing into the courtyard of this stunning National Revival–era building. Well-manicured flower gardens surround…
Gallery in Plovdiv

Atanas Krastev House

Close to Nebet Tepe hill, this late 18th-century house was the residence of local painter and conservationist Atanas Krastev until his death in 2003. Krastev's impact on preserving and showcasing Plovdiv's cultural …
Church in Bulgarian Thrace

Sveti Arhangeli Mihael Church

This stone church, built between 1847 and 1849, is now a memorial to the horrific Ottoman massacre of insurgents and their families, who were walled up here during the April 1876 uprising. Many committed suicide to …
Museum in Plovdiv

Archaeological Museum

This 100,000-item museum is a tour de force of Thracian and Roman artefacts, as well as icons and ecclesiastical artefacts from recent centuries. Most dazzling is the weighty Thracian gold work, part of the Panagyur…
Park in Plovdiv

Tsar Simeon Garden

Plovdiv's prettiest place to stroll, Tsar Simeon Garden was sculpted by Swiss architect Lucien Chevalas in 1892; he's now lovingly referred to as the 'minister of flowers'. In recent years the park's Goddess Demeter…