The millennium city has not only charm, but also little secrets, known only from the locals. If you wish to experience Plovdiv not like a tourist, but as a native, here are some tricks we recommend for the winter months.
1. Wear comfortable shoes – we recommend it mostly for the ladies. If you want to take a walk with your new high heels or platform shoes – don’t. Just leave them behind! The cobblestones in the city are quite tricky and if you want to save yourself the pain in the legs or the risk of a sprained ankle, then put something low and comfortable.
2. Carry a pair of extra socks – it’s an advice for the rainy days. Water is collected not only on the cobblestones, but also on some tiles on the sidewalks so it’s not surprising if you get wet. Therefor a spare pair of dry socks in your bag is never redundant.
3. The scarf is almost mandatory - though Plovdiv is not known as a windy city, the winter is dry and quite cold. We recommend you dress well. An accessory like a scarf will not only compliment your vision, but also keep you safe from the cold wind.
4. Visit the “Young wine defile” – it’s a traditional town festival that gathers wine producers from around the country and beyond. You can taste the latest young wines, and in the meantime check the Old Town. The “Young wine defile” is held every year in late November and is a great way to not only learn more about wine and talk directly with manufacturers, but also to warm your senses and soul.
5. Warm yourself with a Todi il Grog cocktail – several bars in Plovdiv offer great cocktails that will warm you up with good taste during the cold days. Stop by and try them! (If you're wondering who they are - read more in the "Bars" section on our website)
Photos: Alex Karamfilov