VELIKO TARNOVO

The old capital of the country is a really chilled out place to visit. It’s full of history and culture and has a nice relaxed vibe. The fortress on the hill overlooking the town is probably the main attraction, but besides that it makes a good place to unwind and recharge for a few days, especially for weary travellers. Close to nature but with plenty of things to do, make sure you visit the surrounding area too, as each village or location has a charm of their own. If your looking for a traditional Bulgarian destination, Veliko is the place to go.

EAT

You can buy a main course meal in a cafe or restaurant from about €3. If your wanting something lighter, a salad is half the cost.

SLEEP

Veliko has a small number of hostels with prices usually under €9 for a dorm bed. Budget guesthouses and hotels are great value – for two people travelling together, you may well get a private double or twin room for the cost of hostel beds.

WANDER

The train station is a 20 minute walk from the centre and has daily connections to Romania,Turkey, Plovdiv, and the Black Sea resort of Bourgas. You can buy international fares from the ticket office near to the Tourist Information building. A ten minute walk from the centre is Yug bus station. Buses leave to Sofia, and Varna on the coast. Zapad bus station is a few kilometres out of town for buses to Plovdiv, Ruse and Bourgas. It’s best to use a taxi to get to this station. 

 

VELIKO SIGHTS

• Go to a club – many of the bars and nightclubs are near to Mother Bulgaria Square in the new town area. Veliko is a uni town so there’s a decent nightlife, but for those who just want to relax, it’s easy to find a laid back cafe too.

• Wander about – the best thing to do in Veliko is without doubt walk the streets. Stroll around the old town and get a feel for the place. Explore the winding cobbled roads with museums and churches amongst the old houses. There is also some decent modern street art around the town.

• Admire the View – from Tzarevetz Fortress and church . After climbing to the Fortress your rewarded with great views. It was once one of the grandest fortresses in Europe and now you can tour the ruins and grab something to eat at the cafe. It’s a large place and you can easily spend a couple of hours strolling about.

• Visit Arbanassi –  A small village just a few kilometres away with several churches and monasteries. You can hike or use a bus. Wander along little lanes, and visit the tiny Nativity Church with old frescos covering the entire interior. Arbanassi is a relaxed, laid back day trip.

• Chill out at Hotnitsa –  catch a bus to another quaint village 15 km away. There is an eco trail to explore, with the highlight being the Honitsa waterfall. Go swimming, or just enjoy the nature of the area.

• Camp at Trinity Rocks Farm – If your into the outdoors and love to meet other travellers, head to this farm for a couple of nights. You can camp or stay in a dorm at good prices. The farm is a good opportunity to see rural Bulgaria and is easy to reach from Veliko.

 

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