Matera and Plovdiv, European Capitals of Culture in 2019

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Matera and Plovdiv, European Capitals of Culture in 2019

At Eurochange we think that the best way to start the new year is to start planning the holidays and the getaways of the year. That's why we want to start our first post of the year by proposing two cultural destinations for your 2019 holidays: Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Matera in Italy. The two cities will be European Capitals of Culture this year and therefore will be two destinations with a lot of activities throughout the year.

Old Town of Matera in Italy

Matera, a city carved into the rock

The city of Matera is located in the south of Italy, in the region of Basilicata. Since 1993 it is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site for its Sassi and its set of rock churches.

The Sassi are the typical houses that confirm the old town of Matera that are excavated in the limestone of one of the slopes of the Gravina ravine. The Sassi are considered one of the first settlements of population in Italy, since objects belonging to the Paleolithic have been found.

Among the cave churches stand out San Pedro Barisano and Santa María de Idris, both also carved into the rock.

During the year 2019, in Matera you can enjoy exhibitions, theater, concerts and workshops among other activities that will take place from the opening ceremony on January 19, until January 20, 2020.

On the official Matera website you can find the complete program of activities.

Old Town of Plovdiv in Bulgary

Plovdiv, a city with history

Plovdiv is now the second most populous city in Bulgaria after Sofia. It is located more to the center of the country and is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe since its history dates back to the 4th century BC.

Throughout its history it was conquered by the Macedonians, the Thracians and the Roman Empire. And as a result of these conquests, today remains in the city remains of its former inhabitants, from Nebet Tepe (the first settlement of the city) to the old town (architectural and historical reserve) through the Roman stadium or theater.

For this year 2019 Plovdiv has prepared an extensive program of cultural activities that remember their origins and under the motto "together" they will create a new legacy for the future uniting the different social groups, ethnic groups and religions that coexist in the city converting it in a better place to live and an attractive destination for new tourists.

On the official page of Plovdiv 2019 you can see the full program of activities.


We hope we have given you some inspiration to include one of these two destinations (or both) in your list of places to visit in 2019.