Veliko Tarnovo is the beautiful medieval capital of Bulgaria. It sits spectacularly on the steep, craggy banks of the river Yantra. Tsaravets Fortress crowns the imposing hill. Above all, it is one of Bulgaria’s little-known gems.
You should explore the attractive old town cobbled streets to see traditional Bulgarian town life preserved like a real-life museum and be sure not to miss the recently-restored Samovodska Charshiya.
Veliko Tarnovo hosts a delightful combination of National Revival Style architecture intermingled with the new face of modern Bulgaria, which includes shopping malls and cinemas.
The City is famous for its Universities. So the thriving student population means there are many bars and restaurants. Consequently, each one offers excellent quality and well-priced refreshments. The students also bring a good balance to the town where the old and the young live in harmony. Veliko Tarnovo is the jewel in Bulgaria’s crown and is a must-see destination for any visitor to Bulgaria.
Read more at the tourist Information Center’s official information Website.
Free Walking Tour, Veliko Tarnovo
If however you want to explore the city with a guide, the best option is the Free Walking Tour. It leaves every morning at 11:00 in summer from the Tourist Information Office opposite Mother Bulgaria Square. This tour will end up on Gurko Street, which is one of the most beautiful streets in the city.
Restaurants, Bars & Clubs in Veliko Tarnovo
If you have time, stay for a meal. Veliko Tarnovo has fabulous restaurants. Here are 5 restaurants that our customers enjoy most. Moreover, if you enjoy clubs and bars, see our guide to the best ones.
Museums in Veliko Tarnovo
There are some great museums in the city too. In fact, two of the best are the Museum of Illusions and the Multimedia Museum.
Don’t forget to visit The Cathederal of the Virgin Mary. It has a distinctive green dome roof and it a great viewing point for the Sound and Light Show.
A final point. Did you know Veliko Tarnovo has its own celebration day on 22nd March each year?