Plovdiv – a city with many names, as ancient and eternal as its motto suggests, bearer oftitles such as European Capital of Culture. Throughout its 8000 years of history, Plovdiv hashad a place of significance in the hands of every civilization that has held it, but what is itabout it that inspires such reverence?Built atop 7 hills, like the great cities that have risen to legendary status throughout history,Plovdiv has an almost mystical draw to it that can be felt in its very atmosphere. It standsproud in the heart of the sunny Thracian plain, nourished by the Maritsa river, its hillstowering over the landscape like sentries. Its people are just as sunny and laid-back as theclimate, experts in the art of enjoying life without a care in the world.It’s easy to forget your own worries and just lose yourself in the feeling of exploring Plovdiv’scheery streets. The beautiful Baroque architecture of the Main Street, the colorful, artfulstyle of the Kapana district, the fascinating Old Town reserve and countless pieces of ancienthistory strewn across the city create a unique tapestry where old intertwines with new inperfect harmony.Surrounded with beauty on all sides, Plovdiv is framed by the Rhodope mountains, a placesteeped in folklore and tradition. Nearby are the Valley of Roses, where the Damascena rosegrows abundant, and the Valley of the Thracian Kings, where the ancient Thracians buriedthe most notable members of their society in tombs hidden inside mounds of earth. Thenearby vineyards produce rich and fragrant wines that have gained worldwide recognition.The Black Sea coast is only three hours away – golden sands, sunny beaches and an endlessexpanse of turquoise waters, home to a lively party scene and centuries-old historic townsand landmarks.In the 21 st century, Plovdiv continues to flourish, with an ever-growing cultural scene and funto spare. It hosts hundreds of events every year, from concerts to festivals to fairs, attracting lovers of art, music, entertainment of all kinds and fine cuisine. International musicalartists choose Plovdiv as a venue for their concerts, often holding them in its famed AncientRoman Theatre itself. The streets are often filled with performers in vibrant costumes, folkdancers, handcraft market stalls and buskers. At night, the easy-going mood gives way to awild nightlife, dance parties raging until the early hours of the morning.Plovdiv is a city full of life and energy, a place where you can enjoy the simple things. Agateway to the past, but also firmly grounded in the modern era, where folk tradition andpop culture coexist to form a timeless masterpiece that can only truly be experienced inperson, and never forgotten.