My tour in Bulgaria started in Sofia, the capital city.
Sofia is a dynamic Eastern European capital, distinguished by its unique combination of European and Communist-style architecture as well as many beautiful orthodox churches. What to visit? Ivan Vazov National Theatre; St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; Orthodox churches; down town; university district in the evening and for nightlife.
Enjoy the free walking tour!
By bus I reached Nesebar for a week at the Black sea
Next I visited Plovdiv
Second-largest city in Bulgaria, and one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history traced back to more than 8000 years. Originally it had seven tall hills.
Plovdiv is located in the large plain between the Rhodope Mountains in the south of Bulgaria and the Balkan Range, or Old Mountains (Stara Planina) that runs through the center of Bulgaria. Both ranges are visible on clear days. The Maritsa River flows through the city.
In the new center of the city, right before you go up into the old city, you will see the “Roman stadium”.
Take a free walking tour to discover this nice city.
The old Plovdiv is compact and walkable, with the main downtown road blocked to car traffic. There is a good collection of Bulgarian revival buildings in use as museums, hotels, and restaurants etc. and is worth a visit if you have chance.
The nearby Roman Amphitheater, discovered in the 1970’s during a construction project, is part of the pedestrian zone, and typically has merchants selling art and other items nearby. Wander the cobblestone streets near the downtown to find the centuries old St. Marina church with a unique wooden tower, a mosque from the Ottoman Empire, and on the nearby hill the old town center.
The old town center was walled, and has a famous gateway entrance. Nearby Puldin Restaurant has subterranean rooms where the old wall and historic artifacts can be seen.
Continuing up the hill several older houses are now museums and the Roman amphitheater with an overlook of the town below is partially restored and still used for concerts and other occasions.
And again to the Black sea, this time at Sozopol
@ Lokomotiv Plovdiv stadium
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