Geography and population
Plovdiv region is located in the central part of South Bulgaria. To the North, Plovdiv region borders with the South steep slopes of the Balkan Mountains and with the central part of the lower slopes of the Sredna Gora Mountains. To the South, the region comprises parts of the Central Rhodopes, included in the Alpo-Himalaya mountain chain. The central part of the region covers the luxuriant flat Plovdiv plain, which is part of the Thracian valley. The region covers a territory of 5,928 sq. km and is the forth-biggest region among the 28 regions of the Republic of Bulgaria. The population of the region is 722 000 people and ranks second in the country, after the capital Sofia. The density of the population is 122 people on 1 sq. km, compared to the average 80 people for the country. There are 17 municipalities in the region.
Logistics-roads, railroads, airports
The administrative centre of the region – the town of Plovdiv, is with population of 340 000 people and is the second biggest city in Bulgaria. It is also one of the biggest transport junctions in Bulgaria and on the Balkans. The international road E 80 – Belgrade-Sofia-Plovdiv-Istanbul runs close to the town. Close to the city passes the “Thracian Highway” which connects the town with the capital Sofia, situated only 125 km away from Plovdiv.
286 km east of Plovdiv is the port of Bourgas; there is a well-organized transportation between the two towns through trains, buses, and even planes.
Pamporovo, one of the most popular winter resorts in the country, is located 70 km away from Plovdiv through road II-86. 30-40 km south of Pamporovo is the border with the Republic of Greece, where a new check-point is under constructed. Thus, the town of Plovdiv will have an easy access to the ports of Northern Greece.
The city of Plovdiv train station is a part of the international railroad Belgrade-Sofia-Istanbul. Financial means are provided for reconstruction and renovation of the railroad from Plovdiv to the Turkish border, so that the trains would travel with a speed of 160-200 km/h.
Plovdiv International Airport is only 7 km away from the town and is often functioning as a back-up airport to Sofia airport in cases of bad weather conditions.
The flat relief of the Plovdiv valley allows the development of a sophisticated road network. Across the region’s territory, there are 59 km of the “Thracian highway”; first class roads are 129 km long, second class roads – 227 km, and third class roads – 652 km. The remaining 1000 km roads are municipal.
- Bus schedule Sofia-Plovdiv
A number of Bulgarian and foreign banks have branches in Plovdiv - Hebros Bank, DSK Bank, Municipal Bank, Bulbank, Reifeisenbank, Union Bank, United Bulgarian Bank, Investment Bank and others. In the towns of Asenovgrad, Karlovo and Parvomay there are several bank branches, and in the smaller towns – at least 1 or 2 bank offices.
Business support and programmes
Plovdiv hosts a great number of consulting companies. They are specialized in different profiles – financial and accounting consulting, preparation of projects on different EU programmes, creation of strategies and programmes for regional and municipal development.
In the region of Plovdiv there are 40 different places for accommodation – hotels, motels, camping-sites, with a total of 2082 beds. Hotels are available in almost all of the municipal centers. The biggest hotel center in the region is the town of Plovdiv. The most modern are the five-star hotels “Trimontium Princess” and “Novotel Plovdiv”, as well as the luxury “Sankt Peterburg”, “Maritsa” and “Bulgaria”. There is a considerable number of new small private hotels.
The region of Plovdiv has leading functions in the development of balneology and the balneological treatment. The most important resort with international reputation is the town of Hissarya, with treatment of enteric and renal diseases. The Narechenski bani resort specializes in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system. The resort of Bania village is less popular but with similar functions.
Places of interest
"Djendema" natural reserve - situated in the Balkan Mountains to the south of "Botev" peak on 1400-2000 m. above sea level.
The architectural masterpiece - "Starinen Plovdiv" reserve, consists of a number of churches and houses, of the Bulgarian national revival and the Ancient Roman theatre, which dates from the second century B.C. and is still holds performances.
"Asenova" fortress, dating from the IX century, near the town Asenovgrad.
"Bachkovo" monastery is the second biggest working monastery in Bulgaria, dating from the beginning of the XI century. The monastery has interesting architecture and is surrounded by beautiful nature. In the same region is the "Arapovsky" monastery known for its beautiful wall paintings and architecture.
The National Archeological Reserve - Hissar consists of a preserved fortress wall and a tomb from IV century. A "Thracian religious center" is near the village of Starosel in Hissar municipality and is a part of a tomb necropolis. Extremely well preserved is "Heroon" temple with high historical importance.
The town of Plovdiv is the second biggest university centre in the country. There are six institutions of higher education in the city:
• Medical Academy;
• Institute of food and beverage industry;
• Agricultural Academy;
• Technical University;
• Plovdiv University, where pedagogical studies and humanities are taught;
• Institute of music and pedagogy.
Also, there are a number of branches of almost all popular institutions of higher education mostly with departments of Economics.
There are many specialized high schools in the region. 22 of them are technical schools and art schools with a term of education – 4-5 school years, such as the Technical school of construction and architecture, High school of food, beverages and tourism, High school of engineering, High school of electronics and so on.
Business information and contact data
Commercial and Industrial Chamber - Plovdiv
Tel. +359 32 652643
Fax: +359 32 652647
Business Association - Plovdiv
Tel. +359 32 628933
Fax: +359 32 264478
Union for Business Initiative - Plovdiv
Tel. +359 32 273756
Agricultural Chamber - Plovdiv
Tel. +359 32 371409
National Transport Chamber
Tel. +359 32 626009, 620001
Regional Vine-Growing Chamber
Tel. +359 32 630865
International Fair, Plovdiv,
Tel. +359 32 902 000
Fax +359 32 902 432