The Surva Festival you can attend in Pernik is unmissable, not only because it is the oldest festival of masquerade games in the country. It is so colorful and unique with costumes, traditions and dances, that it will leave lasting memories in your mind. On January 16, 1966, the winter kukeri carnival held for participants from the Pernik region marked the beginning of annual masquerade games which turned into a nationwide event eagerly awaited each year.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second biggest city, prides itself on rich history and picturesque surroundings. It is also the first Bulgarian city to be appointed European Capital of Culture. As a capital of that kind, Plovdiv is preparing to show off Bulgarian culture and history, reveal the fascination of Bulgarian customs and traditions, offer the riches of its Ethnographic Museum, and take its guests’ attention by storm with the Roman amphitheater in its centre.
Plovdiv is a large city, with a host of historical sites and history going back deep into antiquity. It is known for its area diversity, as it lies in the Thracian plain, but there are several hills incorporated in its area. The nearby mountains create a majestic backdrop.
Besides exploring the Roman monuments, tourists also marvel at the Old City complex. The recent past, in the Bulgarian Revival period, was a time of building typical houses which were made of wooden skeletons filled with adobes, unburnt bricks. The bases were made of stone.
The motto of this charming city is “Ancient and Eternal”. The first word is related to its history which goes back over 8,000 years. Picturesquely located on the banks of the Maritsa river, just 15 kilometers away from the verdant Rhodopes mountain and 50 kilometers away from the Balkan range, Plovdiv has a lot of sights which testify to its ancient history.