Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second city & one of the oldest cities in Europe. Indeed, being able to trace its history back some 6,000 years makes it the fourth oldest continually inhabited city in Europe. Ruins are dotted all over the town, most notably a large Roman Amphitheatre which sometimes still serves as an outdoors concert venue. But the undoubted highlight of a visit to this ancient, charming town is ambling the cobbled lanes of its gorgeous, colourful Old Town.

In a section of Old Town Plovdiv, Bulgaria. September 17th, 2007.

Plovdiv’s Old Town is full of colour & free of cars. It’s an artsy, enjoyable place to meander with its steep cobblestone streets & colourfully painted ancient houses, many of which are museums or art galleries. Walking through the Old Town brings you to the top of one several hills in the city for marvellous views over the rest of Plovdiv. Old Town, Plovdiv (map-pointer-icon), Bulgaria. September 17th, 2007.

Colourful buildings in Old Town, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. September 17th, 2007.

Colourful buildings in Old Town, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. September 17th, 2007.

Signage in Old Town Plovdiv, Bulgaria. September 17th, 2007.

Signage in Old Town, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. September 17th, 2007.

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