4 big reasons for dental tourism in Plovdiv

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One of the oldest cities in Europe, Plovdiv is filled with little-visited places that showcase the best of Bulgaria’s culture, history and dentistry.  

From world-renowned dental education to ancient history, we’ve got a bunch of reasons that will inspire you to visit Plovdiv and give you a meaningful look at what makes it the best destination for dental tourism. 

Welcome to the homeland of dentistry

The Medical University of Plovdiv dates back to 1945, and today is one of the most-rated places for dental medicine, with eight departments covering everything from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthetic Dentistry and Periodontology, Oral Diseases and Endodontics to Dental Imaging and Allergology.

Access to quality dental care is not a problem in Plovdiv, the second most populated with accredited dental specialists city reaching nearly 1180 in 2021 and an average of one dentist per 570 residents.

We’re here to help people find trusted dental care and connect with vetted specialists that genuinely care for others while making positive memories in the destinations they visit.


Fly in and out seamlessly

Plovdiv Airport services WizzAir and RayanAir charter flights to and from the United Kingdom and Germany all year round.

Located just 15 minutes away by car from the city centre, Plovdiv is home to one of the most modern airports in the country, servicing more than a thousand passengers per hour. 

Often overshadowed by Sofia Airport, Plovdiv Airport enjoys smaller crowds meaning you don’t have to plan your visit months. The perfect distance for a dental trip from London, Dublin, Belfast, Dortmund or Memmingen, you won’t regret making it a pitstop during your experience in Bulgaria.

Stay in discounted hidden gems

Plovdiv is one of those incredible destinations where multiple cultures and times are squished into one spectacular package.

There’s the long river Maritsa, the ancient town where alleyways twist and turn, revealing old culture, secrets and soaring architecture. And then, in the interior are the spectacular Plovdiv Hills that only succumb to the rolling carpet of history that is Plovdiv.

An endless array of accommodations awaits you in Plovdiv. From uniquely Bulgarian stays to renowned hotel chains and homey apartments with Detaround, you can find the cherry on top of your dental travel ice cream.


Get more out of Plovdiv

Saddle up to see Plovdiv, nailing the perfect balance of dental care and cultural exploration.

A brief history

Boasting a long past, settlements have existed on the site of Philippopolis for more than six thousand years, with archaeological digs unearthing relics dating back as far as the Chalcolithic Age.

Philip's city (or Plovdiv as we now know it), originally built on three hills, was extended in the Hellenistic period (359 – 336 BC) by the example of ancient towns like Miletus, Ephesus, Alexandria and Olynthus and continued during the reign of Alexander the Great.

After the Roman conquest in AD 46, Plovdiv became part of the Roman Empire as Trimontium. In the centuries that followed, it was invaded by the Goths, occupied by the Pechenegs, partially converted into a fortress in the Byzantine–Bulgarian wars and conquered by the Ottomans.

Points of interest

With an extensive collection of colourful 19th-century house museums, galleries, churches, and music and art festivals, a few people realise the scale of Plovdiv before coming here. With so much to see and experience, you could easily spend a day or two exploring in between your dental appointments. Here’s a handful of places you can’t afford to miss.

The Roman Amphitheatre

Ancient Theatre of Plovdiv
Ancient Theatre of Plovdiv

Crafted in AD 2 during the reign of Emperor Trajan, Plovdiv's Amphitheatre would have been used for government meetings and to put on musical shows and poetry recitals for more than 7000 spectators. Nowadays, it's Bulgaria's most magical venue for open-air events, theatre plays, operas and concerts.

King Simeon's Garden

King Simeon's Garden
King Simeon's Garden

Stroll one of Plovdiv's most scenic places, King Simeon's Garden, an artwork of the Swiss architect Lucien Chevalas sculpted in 1892 with central Viennese-style pavilions and fountains. A spectacular view to witness is the Singing Fountains impressing with light and water effects on a summer Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening.

The Regional History Museum

The Regional History Museum: Exposition "Bulgarian National Revival"
Exposition: "Bulgarian National Revival"

The Historical Museum, housed in a gorgeous mansion built in 1848 by one of the greatest masters for that time, Hadzhi Georgi Hadzhiiski, traces the historical past of Plovdiv from the Bulgarian National Revival Epoch and early Ottoman period (15th to 17th century) up to the present.

Dzhumaya Mosque

Dzhumaya Mosque
Dzhumaya Mosque

Dzhumaya Mosque is for connoisseurs of architectural grace and is open for modestly dressed visitors to experience a slice of its history dating back to 1364. When visiting, look up and admire the masonry widely practised in the Balkans before the arrival of the Ottomans.

Bunardzhika Hill

Bunardzhika Hill
Bunardzhika Hill

Get a different look at Plovdiv from Bunardzhika, the second highest hill, 234 meters, drawing its name from the Turkish word Bunardzhik for well, supposedly because of the many water sources around. Alleys, stairs, and waterfalls lead to a magical fountain. The legend says that if a foreigner drinks from it, one will stay in Plovdiv forever.

The Rowing Canal

Regatta Venue Plovdiv
Regatta Venue Plovdiv

Long at 2200 meters and wide at 120 meters, the Rowing Canal is a fresh escape for everyone. Locals and tourists enjoy picturesque bicycle lanes and walkways along the canal. If that does not sound like you, there is plenty of space under the shade to enjoy picnics, concerts and festivals or a mouthwatering lunch in one of the many restaurants.

Nebet Tepe

Nebet Tepe
The view from Nebet Tepe

To give a bit of background, Nebet Tepe is the birthplace of ancient Plovdiv. Evidence of the oldest settlements dating back to the 6th century BC makes Nebet Tepe a monument with cultural-historical importance. The archaeological complex still keeps many secrets under its surface, and specialists are yet to uncover its treasures. 


Kapana creative district

The word kapana in Bulgarian means "trap", but there's nothing sinister in its name. It's just a way to describe the magical labyrinth of cobbled streets full of galleries, museums, cafes, bakeries, quirky restaurants and the most lavish examples of Plovdiv’s 19th-century architecture. 

To sum up

From high-quality dental care and unique accommodation to must-see places, Plovdiv makes the perfect dental tourism destination.

We highly recommend visiting Plovdiv from spring to autumn. Particularly lovely in Plovdiv is in July and August when the city is buzzing with cultural events and festivals.

Keen to explore options for dental care in Plovdiv and beyond? Tell us about your smile needs today.

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