Lovech – 25 min

Lovech is only 25 min drive from Golets. You should definitely visit!

 

Love-ch – the city of Love as you might think. Actually, Lovech is more like the city of hunt, because lov is hunt in Bulgarian. The interpretation we like more though is a city for those in a hunt for love as it is quite romantic place… 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.

Things to do in Lovech:

CHECK OUT HISARYA FORTRESS

The Hisarya Fortress above Lovech is one of the last remaining Ottoman citadels.

HAVE A MEAL IN THE OLD TOWN VAROSHA IN SOME OF THE OLD BULGARIAN TAVERNAS

The food in these restaurants won`t disappoint you as well as the atmosphere. In the winter days there is a ware fire place and in the summer nice gardens covered with cobble stones.

HAVE A COFFEE ON THE MAIN SQUARE

There are number of small cozy cafes on the main square and some have views to the river. 

WALK AROUND THE COVERED BRIDGE

The covered bridge of Lovech is a main attraction, you won`t miss it!

GO TO THE SECOND LARGEST ZOO IN BULGARIA – LOVECH ZOO

If you are fond on bears, lions and tigers you might enjoy it.

VISIT THE OLD CITY BATH BELHI HAMMAM

The old city bath is a hidden gem in the town. The museum is interesting architecturally, but also as a virtual museum of the water. On the ceiling you can see projection of the sky and the flooring is water.

Address: ul. “Todor Stratiev” 22, 5503 Varosha, Lovech, Bulgaria

The museum is open all days except Monday. See more info

INDULGE IN HISTORY

Visit the Regional Historical museum, the Ethnographic museum, the Vasil Levski museum, the museum of Atanas and Vasil Atanasovi, number of open historical buildings to the public

VISIT LOVECH ART GALLERY

The Lovech Art Gallery  Fund has over 2700 works, selected and divided into the following artistic genres: painting, graphics, sculpture and applied art. It is noted in the Gallery that it performs functions of collecting, storing, preserving and promoting works of art. In addition, the Gallery performs research. 

The gallery houses two buildings – the exhibition hall in the Varosha Architectural and Historical Reserve and the House of Donors. The Donors’ House preserves and promotes the artistic heritage of two artists connected biographically with Lovech – Dimitar Kazarov –  Neron and Mircho Mirchev. The gallery organizes temporary exhibitions, planers and other events.

PLAY TENNIS IN CLUB AHED

For more info: 0898638630

GO TO A FESTIVAL OR OTHER CULTURAL EVENT

Check the municipal program

SEE A PLAY IN THE LOVECH THEATRE

Address: ul. “Targovska” 49, 5500 Lovech Center, Lovech, Bulgaria

GO SEE A MOVIE IN CINEMA COSMOS

Address:  ul. “Targovska” 24, 5500 Lovech Center, Lovech, Bulgaria

ORDER LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW  “HISARYA FORTRESS RECALLS” 

For more info: 0884 21 17 95; 068 601362; 068 670014

DO A YOGA CLASS IN CENTERE SLANCE(SUN)

See more info

GET A MASSAGE

See more info

CHECK OUT THE CLIMBING WALL

GO TO THE LOCAL MARKET

If you are into markets you might enjoy the local Lovech market with all sorts of things being sold

GO ALONG ALLEY BASH BUNAR

One of the favorite activities of the people of Lovech seems to be to have 2km walk along the Osam River on the alley called Bash Bunar.

See where is it

PARK STRATESH

Another site proffered by the locals is the park Stratesh, next to the zoo. You can walk around, there is a cute bridge and two witty monuments – the White monument and the Black monument. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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.

Culture and agriculture continued to flourish in Lovech during Ottoman rule. By the 17th century, the city had developed into one of the country’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 Lovech’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 Town’s highest point, near the remains of the Hisarya Fortress, there is a monument to Levski. The city’s and region’s past is preserved in the city’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 its 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 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 – 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 city’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.