Veliko Tarnovo

‘Looking at this unlikely, impossible city, I have the impression to hallucinate.‘ – free from Ivan Vazov (Trotter – Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo)

Veliko Tarnovo has a central location close to three metropolis. The Bulgarian capital Sofia, the coast city Varna (Black Sea) and the Romanian capital Bucharest are just about 135 miles from Veliko Tarnovo.

Veliko Tarnovo has become one of Eastern Europe's most visited places.

To visit:
- Gurko Street: for the antique shops, arts and crafts places, nice and cheap restaurants
- Vasil Levski Street: main street where the shopping is at
- Tsarevets Hill and fortress
- churches: St. Dimitar’s Church, "St. Peter and Paul" Church, St George’s Church, The Church of the Holy Forty Martyrs, "The Assumption of the Holy Virgin" Church
- museums: The museum of The Bulgarian Revival and the Constituent Assembly, The “Sarafkina House” Museum, Archeological Museum “Veliko Turnovo – the capital of Bulgaria ХII – ХIV century”
- renaissance “House of Sarafina”
- house of the ape
- tavern of Hadji Nikoli
- Ass monument
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Central Mall is the biggest shopping area of the region. This newly built complex houses more than sixty shops of the well know brands at cheap Bulgarian prices.
Besides shopping you can go to the movie theatre, bowling, a wellness center or the casino.

Close to Veliko Tarnovo you find a lot of famous monastries.

The little village Arbanassi (3 miles) is een museum village that is protected by Unesco as World Heritage.

Elena is a nice village close to a lake.