Without a doubt Plovdiv is one of the trendy destination in Europe this year. The city has been proudly named a European Capital of Culture for 2019, along with Matera in Italy. Plovdiv was also recently named the oldest city in Europe, with a history dating back more than 6000 years. The city and its surroundings abound of cultural, archaeological, historical and natural attractions. All year around the city is the host of musical, art and cultural festivals, concerts and forums.
The Rhodopes provide conditions for mountain, ecological, hunting and fishing tourism. The temperate climate and the presence of many vineyards and wineries in the region, attract visitors from the country and from abroad for wine tourism. Nearby towns of Velingrad, Hisar, Banya and Narechen are well known destinations for SPA tourism, and the numerous churches and monasteries in the Rhodope Mountains and the foothills of the Balkan Mountains – for religious tourism.
Plovdiv is equipped with a regional airport located just 12 km southeast from the city center. During winter Plovdiv Airport welcomes foreign ski tourists who chose to spend their holiday in Pamporovo, Borovets and Bansko. The main factor for the development of business tourism is the Plovdiv Fair, as well as the growing number of newly built accommodation facilities.
The tourist infrastructure in the region is well developed and meets all modern requirements and standards. Serving a region with more than 2 million inhabitants, it is forecast that the prospects for the expansion of the scheduled services from/to Plovdiv Airport are very good, however at the moment the number of flights to and from Plovdiv are limited and private aviation is a good option especially if you have a busy schedule and you can only afford a weekend break.