Plovdiv, the city of 7 hills, is the second biggest city in Bulgaria and is my adopted home. It is considered the longest continually inhabited city in Europe, with history reach back some 8000 years. It’s geography offer a variety of options for runners ranging from the flats of Grebna Baza (Гребна База) to the true urban trails through the hills.
Located on the Western edge of the city, the rowing channel provides a great venue for a variety of athletic activities especially for beginners. The rowing canal is surround by a paved surface split between pedestrian and cycle parts. One loop around the canal is rough 4.7km (2.9 mi) with little to no elevation change. In addition to the standard paved routes there are a number of trails in the area that provide different terrain. Near the stands on the southeast side of the canal there are number of cafes. Grebna Baza is an extremely popular location especially on weekends when the weather is good so plan appropriately.
Park Lauta & Trakia
Traika is the new of the neighbourhoods of Plovdiv only being developed in the 1980’s at the end of the communist period. Park Lauta is the biggest park in the area and after a recent remodel is a much more pleasant place for a run. The benefit of Trakia is it offers lots of wide bike paths for running and low amounts of traffic.