The countrys second largest city, PLOVDIV is one of its most attractive
and vibrant centres, and arguably has more to recommend it than Sofia. The old
town embodies Plovdivs long history Thracian fortifications subsumed by Macedonian
masonry, overlaid with Byzantine walls and by great timber-framed mansions erected
during the Bulgarian renaissance, symbolically looking down upon the derelict
Ottoman mosques and artisans dwellings of the lower town. But Plovdiv isnt
merely a parade of antiquities: the citys arts festivals and trade fairs rival
Sofias, and its restaurants and promenade are equal to those of the capital.