Plovdiv the eternal city of Bulgaria also boasts its Rowing Canal, which is not only the largest sports facility of its kind on the Balkans, but also a symbolic place for couples in love. If you ask the people of Plovdiv where they hide in the hot summer evenings or where they prefer to “lock” their love, they will promptly tell you it is the Rowing Canal Bridge, the bridge with the padlocks, where they witness the most romantic of sunrises and sunsets.
Regardless of whether you are walking along the Main Street or through the Old Town, enjoying the Singing Fountains, or sitting in an art cafe, every place in Plovdiv is immersed in the cosiness and romance of the city and you will surely feel its heartbeat.
With its enormous cultural and historical heritage, central location and many advantages, Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian city selected to be a European cultural centre twice. After hosting the European Month of Culture Project in 1999, which brought the city unprecedented success, Plovdiv is now declared the European Capital of Culture 2019.
Before becoming renowned as the European Capital of Culture 2019, Plovdiv was well known as the “city of artists”. It is them and their creativity that are the main part of the soul of the city, of its eternal artistic spirit. Some of the most prominent Bulgarian artists have created their works here and many young modern art artists are presently working here. The city’s potential for specific stage spaces is inspiring. Cultural landmarks are perfectly suited as events stages, and the most impressive of them is the Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis – the largest open scene in the Balkans.
Plovdiv and the region are an absolute paradise for every wine lover. The valley of the Maritsa River is the place where the best wine growers cultivated their varieties of grapes for 5,000 years, and the production was glorified by many chroniclers during the antiquity.
Plovdiv the eternal city of Bulgaria is a place for a really wonderful culinary experience. Wine and good cuisine has many fans here. Bulgarian cuisine is known to be one of the best in Europe. And what gives the grand finale to every dish is a glass of high quality wine from the largest wine region in the country.
Thanks to its central location, Plovdiv is a good starting point for a trip to the Bachkovo Monastery, the mountain ski resorts, the wonderful natural landmarks of the Rhodope Mountains, the Rose Valley, and the Valley of the Thracian Kings.