Cities and villages


Dryanovo – an especially attractive place, where one of the oldest traces of life on the Balkan peninsula were found, is the Bacho Kiro cave. The Second Bulgarian Kingdom is integrally related with the Dryanovo region. There are remnants from that time of the medieval fortresses: Gradat, Boruna, Lipovo Gradishte, etc.


It is located in the picturesque river valley of Vit River. The unique mounts, rocky missives and flourishing valleys attract town guests in all seasons. The natural particulars are a wonderful prerequisites for the development of diverse types of tourism. 


Troyan – one of the town emblems is the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Troyan where thousands of people come annually to touch the wonder-making icon of Sveta Bogoroditsa Troeruchitsa. The authentic wall paintings in the temple are painted in the middle of the 19 century by the famous Revival master Zachariy Zograf. The town also has a Museum of the Folklore Artistic Crafts and Applied Arts.


The beautiful Berkovitsa lowland is hidden in the foot of the Berkovitsa Balkan under Kom Mount. It has some interesting architecture. The Malinarka fountain built from Berkovitsa pink marble in honour of the girls who picked raspberries, glorified by the great Vazov, The Tree of Life – a wooden figure depicting characters from the works of Radichkov, the Kaleto Fortress, eco trail Haidouk waterfalls. Every single tourist who came here visited the museum house of Vazov, the Ethnographic museum, the St. Nikolay Chudotvorets church.


Lovech is one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria. In the caves near Lovech, Tabashka and Vasil Levski, remnants of the Old Stone, New Stone, Bronze and Iron age have been found. There is also plenty of evidence for the life of the first Lovech citizens – the Thracians, during the 4th – 3rd century BC. One of the most popular places in the area is the Kakrina caravansary where the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski, had been arrested.


Varshets is famous for being a balneo and spa resort both in the country and abroad, renowned with the specific climatic conditions and mineral springs, favourable for the treatment of many diseases. The first national mineral bath is located in the town. The new bath has terraces for solar therapy and a huge clock on the central facade. 


Tryavna is a centre of wood-carving, iconography and distinctive architecture. A follower of the only live artistic school in our country, heir of traditions from centuries. The Old bridge, Slaveykova and Raykova houses, the museums of the Tryavna school and of Angel Kanchev keep the appearance and spirit since the National Revival. You might also find interesting the Daskalova house, the Clock Tower, the St. Archangel Michael Church. 


Elena – a cozy little town with rich cultural and historical heritage, wonderful nature, preserved customs and traditions and proverbial hospitality of the Balkan people. The wealth of the Revival spirit is still kept in the Daskalolivnitsa - the first class school in Bulgaria opened in 1843 by Ivan Momchilov, the house of Ilarion Makariopolski, the preserved Popnikolova house, The Five Razsukanovi houses and the Kamburov caravansary. 

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo played an important role on the European economic and political scene during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1396). Nowadays it continues to maintain the historical spirit for the generations, preserved the witnesses from the past in the Asenevtsi monument, the Tsarevets and Trapezitsa hills, the Samovodska market, the Sarafkina house and Gurko Street. An integral part of its appearance is the audio-visual performance  Tsarevgrad Tarnov - Sound and Light, which has been telling Bulgarian history in a unique way for more than 30 years.


Gabrovo - the citizens of Gabrovo are well-known for their hospitality, and their region offers rich opportunities for accommodation in colourful guest houses creating coziness and serenity. The Etara Ethnographic Complex and the Renaissance village of Bozhentsi are located nearby.