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Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair
Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town.

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Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town.

The city of Plovdiv is somewhat undermined. It’s Bulgaria’s second biggest city yet bobs along almost unheard of to those who haven’t been there. It made a natural stop off city for me in between exploring the medieval town of Veliko Tarnovo and a dose of Sofia the capital. I knew I would only stay a night in Plovdiv so I based myself naturally in the Old Town as personally this is where I feel Plovdiv’s charm lies.

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town.

I chose the Old Town Plovdiv hostel, which welcomed me in style…

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

My stay in the Old Plovdiv Guest House, Bulgaria.

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My stay in the Old Plovdiv Guest House, Bulgaria.

In a day you can certainly explore the Old Town of Plovdiv and enjoy a decent night out. That was my plan and that was exactly what I did. The Old Town is full of poky cobbled streets and littered with old traditional buildings with a few surprises in store. It dates back a bit further than Bulgarian times. The Romans were here you know. These are my personal top 10 sights in the old town. Unfortunately Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo are three countries that I lost my photos from and so I don’t really have much proof that I backpacked all these. In fact, I also wrote this as a long blog post in 2014 and never published it as I felt maybe I could recover those photos. I never did, so I may have to go back there one day just to add photos and better descriptions.

1. Roman Theatre

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Old Plovdiv Guest House, Bulgaria.

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Old Plovdiv Guest House, Bulgaria.

2. Roman Stadium

3. Nebet Hill Ancient Fortress

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Charming Old Building in Plovdiv.

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Charming Old Building in Plovdiv.

4. Nedkovich House

5. East Gate of Philippopol

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Perfect place to stay when backpacking the Old Town of Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

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Perfect place to stay when backpacking the Old Town of Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

6. St. Nedelya Church

7. Assumption Cathedral

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Old Town Plovdiv.

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Old Town Plovdiv.

8. Dzhumaya Mosque

9. Hisar Kapia Arch

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town.

10.Lokomotiv Plovdiv Football Stadium

Backpacking in Bulgaria: Top 10 Sights in Plovdiv Old Town

Backpacking in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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Backpacking in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Here are some of my videos of Plovdiv while backpacking in Bulgaria, which survived as I uploaded them before my laptop and hard drive failed:

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