The city of Stara Zagora is one of the oldest and continuously populated areas in Europe. The area has been inhabited since the Neolithic times and was rebuilt in the 19th and 20th century. The city is one of the few places in Bulgaria that has been built on grid. Stara Zagora is often known as the city of ‘poets’ as several Bulgarian poets were born and lived in the city. There are several historic sites and parks in the city that offer visitors with a number of places to visit and see.
The Antique Forum is located next to the National Opera and has a few ancient columns. The Regional Historic Museum has numerous artifacts dating to ancient times. The Roman Baths and the Neolithic Dwellings Museum is also excellent to visit. The Ayazmoto Park is a beautiful garden in Stara Zagora, which is good to take a walk around. The Eski Dzhamiya Mosque is one of the well-known attractions in Stara Zagora.
Stara Zagora offers a great shopping scene. There are world-class malls and shopping centers dotted all across the area. The Galleria Stara Zagora, Central Mall Stara Zagora, Carrefour City Mall, City Center Stara Zagora and Park Mall Stara Zagora are some of the good places to shop in.
Stara Zagora is a central point and can easily be accessed from Greece, Turkey and Romania. The city has its own airport serving just private planes. The nearest major airport to Stara Zagora is the Plovdiv Airport, which is about 109km from the city. From Plodiv visitors can take taxis or buses to reach Stara Zagora.
There are no certified halal restaurants in Stara Zagora. Visitors can find some restaurants serving vegetarian dishes.
There is a mosque in Stara Zagora, the Eski Mosque, which is not open to public. The mosque is a cultural monument in the city.