Plovdiv – Bulgaria – City Card


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JULY 2019:



OVERVIEW:

PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Bulgaria is the Lev (I will refer to them as B$s). At the time of writing, US$1 = B$1.74.

We have just spent 1 week in Sunny Beach on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria.

We had a small ‘taste’ of Bulgarian history when we visited Nesebar which is located on the southern tip of Sunny Beach.

We are, now, in Plovdiv … the 6th oldest continually inhabited city in the World …


THE PLOVDIV CITY CARD:

You can visit the official website.

I purchased a 3 Day Card.

Online, the price is discounted down from B$36 to B$33.


COVERAGE:

Entry to most attractions averages B$5-6. The City Card saves you money because it includes free access to 10 attractions. These attractions are shown as ‘red hearts’ on the following Map:

Additional ‘red hearts’ show attractions that are free of charge anyway. The ‘blue tags’ are attractions that are not covered by the card.


PHOTO GALLERY:

THE EASTERN GATE OF PHILIPPOPOLIS:

Free. Uninspiring.

SMALL BACILICA:

Included. A small room of mosaics. You can go upstairs to watch a free video on the sites of Plovdiv.

CULTURAL CENTER TRAKART:

Included. Small. The remains of a Roman Villa with mosaic floors and trinkets.

ROMAN FORUM:

Free. Unimpressive.

GARDEN OF TSAR SIMEON / SINGING FOUNTAINS:

Free. Large central park.

ANCIENT STADIUM OF PHILIPPOPOLIS:

Free.

ANCIENT THEATRE OF PHILIPPOPOLIS:

Included. Still used for live performances.

REGIONAL ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM:

Included. No photos allowed inside. A big house with displays in many rooms. Farm equipment, traditional clothes, and old furnishings.

SAINT KONSTANTIN & ELENA CHURCH:

Included. Orthodox Church.

NEBET TEPE:

Free. One of the original settlements dating back to about 5000 BC. Later converted to a Roman Fortress. Views over Plovdiv. A great place for sunset.

HISTORY MUSEUM:

Included. A militaristic with a focus on Bulgarian Independence. B$11 Entrance Fee without the City Card.

HOUSE MUSEUM HINDLIYAN:

Included. A ‘period’ house with some nice murals.

HOUSE MUSEUM ZLATYU BOYADJIEV:

Included. Artworks.



CONCLUSION:

I wasn’t overly impressed by some of the House Museums but, having said that, the City Card is definitely worth the price as long as you actually want to visit at least 5 of the places included.

If you start early, you can easily buy the cheaper B$24 City Card and do all of the best sites in 1 day.

TTFN


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