Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second largest city, boasting an amazing history, traces of which can still be seen today in the amazing architectural and cultural identity of the city. Plovdiv has been shaped by influences from many eras, creating a staggeringly beautiful, lively and fascinating city, and one which you must visit if you are travelling to Bulgaria. The countryside surrounding the city is one of dramatic mountain landscapes and beautiful forests which stretch as far as the eye can see. Plovdiv holidays provide extraordinary value for money, offering sensational facilities at a price you couldn’t dream of in the more established resorts of Europe.
The mountains of Plovdiv are a perfect escape for those wishing to escape the usual mountain resorts of Europe, and escape to somewhere truly remote and fantastically unaltered by the invasive arm of mass tourism. The many beautiful Alpine resorts of the Plovdiv area are a huge asset for tourism in Bulgaria, offering stunning activity holidays throughout the year, which combine perfectly with the rich culture still prominent in the area.
During the winter, the Plovdiv region of Bulgaria is a fantastic skiing destination. Snow cover in the Rhodopi Mountains is excellent, and the lift systems are extensive and modern. The resort of Pamporovo is a particular treasure, and boasts some of the sunniest skiing in Europe. The resorts of Plovdiv are ideal for family holidays, as there is an excellent mix of terrains, from the steady learner slopes for those new to the sport, and some fantastic off-piste skiing that will require tight turns and excellent tree-dodging abilities! There are also a great range of ski schools to choose from, should you require tuition, and English is spoken in most.
During the summer months, the mountains of the Plovdiv region are still awash with discerning tourists who flock to Plovdiv accommodation to walk, ride and mountain bike through the incredible terrain. The mountainous landscape is awash with fascinating places of interest, from the idyllic rural churches, villages and monasteries to the natural wonders of huge caves, emerald lakes and flower strewn meadows. Caving, canoeing pony trekking and fishing holidays all thrive from a holiday rental cottage in Plovdiv, and nature lovers will be in their element, as the whole area is a haven for over 200 species of bird, as well as many large mammals.
Plovdiv is a city with origins dating back further than those of famous ‘ancient cities’, including Rome and Athens. The remarkable array of monuments, galleries and museums make a holiday rental in Plovdiv a dream for historians and anyone with an interest in ancient cultures. The Old Town of Plovdiv is an absolute marvel to behold, and creates a remarkable open-air museum to the history of the cultural development of Europe. The open air Roman Theatre, which still hosts summer performances, is among the most impressive sights to see in Plovdiv, but the Church of St Marina, the Ottoman Mosque and the Bachkovo Monastery are all well worth exploration from any Plovdiv accommodation.
Summers in Plovdiv are surprisingly warm. Temperatures during the period between the start of June and the end of September peak in the mid 20’s (˚C) on the majority of days, with an amazing average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. Winters can be cold, with average temperatures from December until the end of February staying between 0 and 5˚C.
There are an amazing range of flights to Plovdiv Airport (PDV) considering its size. Located 12km from the city of Plovdiv, flights to Plovdiv Airport place you right in the heart of the region, and there are many flights to Plovdiv to consider. BH Air provides the majority of flights to Plovdiv Airport, although there are other carriers, many operating from Ireland. Bristol (BRS), Birmingham (BHX), East Midlands (EMA), London, Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle(NEW) all have services direct to Plovdiv Airport.