Veliko Tarnovo – 1 hour

Often referred as the “City of the Tsars“, Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the town is situated on three hills, Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls.

Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. During the Middle Ages, the town was among the main European centres of culture and gave its name to the architecture of the Tarnovo Artistic School, painting of the Tarnovo Artistic School, and to literature. Veliko Tarnovo is an important administrative, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Northern Bulgaria.

From Golets to Veliko Tarnovo it takes about 1 hour with a car and it is 80km drive.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo:

TAKE THE FREE WALKING TOUR

The free walking tour is the best thing to do in Veliko Tarnovo and you should try to take it first.

CHECK OUT TSAREVETS FORTRESS

Impressive castle which was the main seat of power of Bulgaria and was home to the royal palace from 1185 to 1393.

SEE THE ASENEVTSI MONUMENT

Asenevtsi Monument, also called Asen’s Monument, is one of the main symbols of Veliko Tarnovo. 

WATCH THE LASER LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW ON TSAREVETS FORTRESS

Check the dates. You can probably find a good spot in the town to watch from far away, but you can also purchase tickets. https://www.soundandlight.bg/en/

VISIT MINI BULGARIA PARK

This is both awesome and informative – https://mini-bulgaria.com/ Located very close to the main cultural attraction in Veliko Tarnovo – the medieval stronghold, Tsarevets, looking right up Baldwin’s Tower. The Park has an area of 12.5 daa and Park Mini Bulgaria is the only place where you can explore all the former royal palaces of Bulgarian Tsars for the duration of a simple walk. The Vrana Palace in Sofia, the Euxinograd Palace in Varna and Tsarska Bistritsa in Borovets, high in the Rila Mountains…

EXPLORE THE RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS WITH A VIEW OF THE YANTRA RIVER

Plenty of restaurants on the main street in Veliko Tarnovo, ulitsa Stefan Stambolov, that offer both delicious dining and stunning river views from the top of the hill.

EXPLORE THE RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS WITH A VIEW OF THE YANTRA RIVER

Plenty of restaurants on the main street in Veliko Tarnovo, ulitsa Stefan Stambolov, that offer both delicious dining and stunning river views from the top of the hill.

INDULGE IN ART

Enjoy the abundance of traditional art in souvenir shops, trade shows, modern street art, hipster cafes, art galleries and shops. Some places that will bring visual feast for your eyes: Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery, Shamovodska Charshia Market, Hipster Art Bar, Stambolov Bridge, the paintings inside the Patriarchal Cathedral, Gurko Street, Boris Denev Art Gallery, TAM art space and events and many others.

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