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Discover Veliko Tarnovo

With a rich history, Veliko Tarnavo is perfect for a European break packed with charm and culture. The city is located in North Bulgaria and boasts some truly breath-taking architecture from its time as the capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Packed with museums and historical sites, there’s rich opportunity to find out more about the area. Veliko Tarnavo is also a university city, giving it an eclectic nightlife to explore.

Make sure to pack some comfy footwear as you’ll quickly discover that the city is best explored by walking. A leisurely stroll through the Old Town is recommended to take in all the sights of old Bulgaria’s stunning architecture. Once you’ve explored the traditional Renaissance-era houses amongst the hills you’re within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of the modern city. That blend of old and new means that Veliko Tarnovo holidays are ideal for giving you what you want.

Food and drink on your Veliko Tarnovo holiday

Veliko Tarnovo offers visitors a great opportunity to experience the cuisine of Bulgaria. Don’t miss out on sampling some of the city’s delicacies such as the traditional shopka salad. The local Zagorka beer is also a sure-fire hit amongst tourists. Whether it’s traditional eats or something different, this is a city packed with great restaurants and cafes. There are also numerous bakeries across the city – where you can tuck into Bulgaria’s renowned pastries.

If you’re a coffee fan, or just love to watch the world go by, why not visit Shekerdzinitsa? This little café is located in the old town near the market and is filled with antique furniture and vintage knick-knacks. Drawing in visitors from all areas, there’s a distinctive atmosphere in this hideaway. It’s also one of the best places to get a traditional Turkish coffee – in a copper pot that is run across a basin of heated sand!

Top attractions on your Veliko Tarnovo Holiday

There are a number of historical sites to encounter on your holidays to Veliko Tarnovo, as well as numerous shopping opportunities. Top of your list should be a stroll down Samovodska Charshia, one of the most famous streets in the city. Aside from spectacular architecture to be found around every corner, it also boasts a great collection of antique shops and boutiques selling local crafts. It’s an excellent place to pick up some souvenirs, or treat yourself to something new.

Culture vultures should head to the iconic Tsarevets Fortress, a medieval castle compound and one of the most popular attractions in Bulgaria. It served as the second Bulgarian Empire’s fortress in the medieval age and is now a fascinating collection of buildings and churches. Make sure you take in the view from the castle walls – the breath-taking sights of the valley are something to behold.

Outside of Veliko Tarnovo, there are numerous small villages to visit, offering excellent potential for day trips. Tryavna is a picturesque village amass with old buildings and even some traditional woodworking shops. Arbanassi, meanwhile, is a must-see for its wonderful views of the city. Perched atop a hill, there is opportunity to see Veliko Tarnovo from above – just make sure you take your camera for those awe-inspiring panoramics.