polle personal, a set on Flickr.
polle personal, a set on Flickr.
Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.
It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Gabrovo is also known as the longest city in Bulgaria, stretching over 25 km along the Yantra, yet reaching only 1 km (0.6 mi) in width at places. The geographic center of Bulgaria – Uzana is located near the city.
Places of interest in Gabrovo include the House of Humour and Satire and Aprilov National High School. In Gabrovo Province sites include architectural reserve Bozhentsi. Hiking is widely available in the Central Balkan National Park and in the Bulgarka Nature Park, itself home to Ethnographic Complex Etara, Dryanovo Monastery, Sokolski Monastery, Shipka Pass, and the Uzana area. For admirers of historical tourism Shipka Memorial is a must-see.
The area around Gabrovo, inhabited since theÂ Neolithic, gainedÂ economicÂ importance afterÂ Veliko TarnovoÂ becameÂ capitalÂ of theÂ Second Bulgarian EmpireÂ in the 12th century.Â CraftsmanshipÂ andÂ tradeÂ prospered due to the proximity to both the capital and theÂ BalkanÂ passes.Â MedievalÂ Gabrovo was a small pass village of about 100 houses.
According to the most widespreadÂ legend, Gabrovo was founded by a youngÂ blacksmithÂ called Racho, close to whoseÂ fireplaceÂ aÂ hornbeamÂ (gabarÂ in Bulgarian) rose, so the settlement acquired its name.
After theÂ OttomanÂ invasion of theÂ BalkansÂ in the 14th century, the demographic position of Gabrovo changed significantly, as it was the only settlement in a considerably large geographic area and an attractive place forÂ BulgariansÂ fleeing from the conquered capital and neighbouring fortresses. It turned from a village into a small town (palanka) and began to develop as an economic, cultural and spiritual centre.
Bulgarian OrthodoxÂ Theophany CrucessionÂ in Gabrovo. TheÂ priestsÂ are going to throw a wooden cross in the Yantra. Believers will then jump into the icy waters to “save” the cross.
DuringÂ Ottoman rule, the rich tradesmen spent plenty of resources for the small town’s public planning. The first Bulgarian secular school, theÂ Aprilov National High School, was founded in Gabrovo in 1835 with the aid ofÂ Vasil AprilovÂ andÂ Nikolay Palauzov. Gabrovo was officially proclaimed aÂ townÂ by the Ottoman authority in May 1860. In the 1870sÂ Felix KanitzÂ said that Gabrovo is “a big workshop” and that it is a “city that lives from the water,” referring to widely used water power. The glory of the goods of Gabrovo became known throughout the Ottoman Empire, and beyond that, inÂ BucharestÂ even nowadays there is a street named “Gabroveni”.
Shortly before and after theÂ Liberation of BulgariaÂ in 1878, Gabrovo developed as a centre ofÂ industryÂ on the basis of its economic traditions. Joint-stock companies emerged,Â factoriesÂ were constructed and connections to the largeÂ stock exchangesÂ were created, prompting some to label the city “The BulgarianManchester”.
The Bulgarian National Revival church of Gabrovo, an architectural monument.
It is hard not to notice that this is the longest city in Bulgaria. With the amazing 28Â km (17Â mi) (this is a lot for Bulgaria, the Capital Sofia is only 21Â km (13Â mi) long), Gabrovo represent the past, the “now” and the future of the country. Recently the city won one of the biggest prices in the biggest National survey for “The best living city in Bulgaria” – Gabrovo won the “Greenest (Eco) city” and became 2nd in the readers contest. For more information you can see – dariknews.bg. Also Gabrovo is the city with most monumental statues – more than 14 000. The “city” also has an opportunity for business development. The Gabrovo Municipality Agenda says that Gabrovo has an BB+ credit raiting.
The city of Lovech is located in northern Bulgaria 150 km from Sofia. The city has a population of roughly 38,000. The climate is temperate and continental, with hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature in January is 1.5 degrees below 0 Centigrade and during July it is 23 degrees Centigrade.
Lovech is one of the oldest settled places in Bulgaria. The city is built on the remains of the Thracian settlement Melta and the Roman city Presidium. The Hisarya Fortress was built during the First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 CE). When the peace treaty between Bulgaria and Byzantium was signed here, it marked the beginning of the Second Bulgarian Empire and the end of Byzantine rule over Bulgaria that had lasted two centuries.
The Hisarya Fortress above Lovech is one of the last remaining Ottoman citadels. Culture and agriculture continued to flourish in Lovech during Ottoman rule. By the 17th century, the city had developed into one of the countryâ€™s most important commercial centers, and traders from Lovech journeyed far beyond the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire.
The Vasil Levski Ethnographic Complex and Residence Museum is located in Lovechâ€™s Old Town, The Varosha Quarter. Lovech is famous as the site of the efforts made by Vasil Levski (1837-1873), who dedicated his life to freeing Bulgaria from the Ottomans. The narrow, cobbled streets of The Varosha Quarter help create an authentic atmosphere carrying visitors back to those 19th century days. At the Old Townâ€™s highest point, near the remains of the Hisarya Fortress, there is a monument to Levski.
The cityâ€™s and regionâ€™s past is preserved in the cityâ€™s history museum.
The symbol of Lovech is the covered bridge that spans the Osam River, connecting the old and new quarters. It was built in 1872-1874 by one of the eraâ€™s best-known master builders, Kolyu Ficheto. Today there are many shops on the bridge selling souvenirs.
In The Varosha Quarter there is an art gallery in the Sveta Nedelya (Holy Sunday) Church, with frescoes painted in 1873. The church was declared a cultural landmark in Protocol â„– 7 of the National Society for the Preservation of Culture on November 11, 1999.
The Bash Bunar Park is situated on the Osam River. Its steep banks are dotted with caves of various sizes. Bones and implements from the Paleolithic Age and the Bronze Age were discovered in two of the caves â€“ The Vasil Levski Cave and The Tabashkata Cave. The park is a fine place for strolling and relaxation.
Stratesh Hill is another popular location for walks in Lovech. The hill has been developed as a park, and the cityâ€™s zoo is located there.
There are also two monuments on Stratesh Hill that honor those who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1888.
We offer the management and organization of the following events:
Photography/ painting weekends
We have a chef and enthusiastic staff that can fulfill for you the perfect gathering in the nature.Â If you are interested in having your event in Golets, please contact us.
We have an amazing art gallery with drawings, objects…
We have various activities to offer to our guests:
Mountain bike track
Mountain bike park
Gardening & Farming
In GoLets we have our own fruits and vegetables, which are 100% organic with no fertilizers. We have vegetable garden and you can go pick the vegetables for your own salad. Or do some gardening if you have the passion for it. We have milk distributed by the local people, which is also 100% organic with no preservaties or additives. The eggs are also supplied by the local community and their happily living chickens, which walk around the village.
Our vegtable gaden:Â Carrots,Â Onion, Tomatoes,Â Potatoes,Â Pumpkins, Peppers, Beams, Zucchini, Aubergines, Parsley, Dill, Peas etc.
Our fruit trees: Applea trees, Pear trees, Mulberry trees, Nut trees, Cherry trees, Medlar tree etc.
We also have various local herbs&tees.
We will offer to you the possibility to taste some of the local Bulgarian traditional food. There are amazing recepies typical for the Balkan region. Here are some of them:
Shopska Salata (Shop is the lad living around Sofia and Salata is Salad)
Mish Mash (Bulgarian omlette – tomatoes, peppers, onion, feta cheese, eggs and fresh spices)
Lozovi sarmi (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Bob (Beam soup)
Leshta (Traditional Lentil Soup)
Vegetable soup (Mushroom, Potatoes, Pumpkin etc…)
Banitsa (Mixture of whisked eggsÂ and pieces of cheeseÂ between filo pastry)
Bread Bakering (We have a bread machine so you can bake your own bread with the flavours you love)
We have our own pond and a small river crossing our plot, where we have fresh water fish. And if you are into fishing you can go finishing from the bridge.
We are mostlyÂ vegetable loversÂ and encourage you to have a healthy and light diet during your stay, but in case you are more into meat we can arrange for you good meat delivered from the region.
There is a hunting season during the autumn and a group that goes hunting in the area. You need certification to do this and some additional info.