Thracian Valley

Regional Overview

The Bulgarian Heartland

The fertile plains of the Mariza River have nurtured civilization for millennia. The Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Bulgarians, and Turks have all called this region their home. This melting pot of cultures has created a uniquely Bulgarian identity. In the streets of Bulgaria’s crown jewel, Plovdiv, you can find Roman ruins, mosques, and Shopska salad. Here you will find some of the best that Bulgaria has to offer.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • Monastic life from Medieval Bulgaria, e.g., St. George’s Rotunda, the Boyana Church, Rila Monastery, and others
  • Bulgarian Revival Architecture from the 19th century and its modernist interpretation from the Communist Regime
  • Rila National Park and the Iskar Gorge




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What is the Thracian Valley?

For those seeking a one-of-a-kind travel experience, the captivating city of Plovdiv and the Bulgarian heartland should be on your list. From the awe-inspiring ancient Roman amphitheater to the picturesque and vibrant houses of the Old Town, Plovdiv offers a diverse range of attractions that cater to different interests. Whether you’re a history aficionado, a food enthusiast or simply looking for a scenic location for your next holiday, Plovdiv is the perfect choice.

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Traditional Recipies

Thracian Tarator (Bulgarian Tzatziki)

Thracian Tarator (Bulgarian Tzatziki) Bulgarian Tarator is a classic appetizer from…

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

4 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 4
  • Transportation: 2
  • Volume/Capacity: 5
  • Infrastructure: 1
  • Interactivity: 8

5 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 3
  • Monuments: 8
  • Quality: 5

8 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 10
  • Tradition: 6



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