Exploring Veliko Tarnovo Bulgaria

Yesterday saw us heading north in Bulgaria.

We wanted to see the historical little town of Veliko Tarnovo, and arrived mid afternoon.

Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom, and the town with the most dramatic setting in the country.

It is perched on several hills, and the Yantra River meandering through.

DSCF5525

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – visiting the shops #1

It is filled with quaint stores and restaurants.

DSCF5528

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – visiting the shops #2

We buy a flag from each country we visit as part of Explorason’s education, and we shopped around.  We found it for one-third the original asking price, and the lovely lady didn’t speak any english.  Not that it mattered.  She smiled and was so helpful as Explorason selected a small surprise Christmas gift for me.

DSCF5530

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – Explorason buys a flag and gift

Bulgaria is just a lovely place to visit.

DSCF5532

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – traditional weaving with bells

We wish we had longer and seriously will consider returning to the Black Sea area of some time in summer.

DSCF5562

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – quaint restaurants and stores

There are weird and wonderful souvenirs to behold. There are blacksmiths, coppersmiths, artists and many more workshops to also explore. This is known as the Samovodene Marketplace.

DSCF5570

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – Samovodene Marketplace

The artwork seen on this wall is also seen in other parts of Bulgaria.  It adorns the walls of buildings, and I love it.

DSCF5564

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – original graffiti of yesteryear

We headed down to the medieval area, and it was an easy walk.

DSCF5566

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – historical buildings

Tickets need to be purchased before you get onto the old bridge, or you will walk half way up and have to turn back and buy them (like we discovered).

DSCF5569

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – the misty morning walk on the bridge

At the bottom of the street from where we stayed is a great little bakery.  We bought yummy chocolate filled croissants, and feta cheese rolls for our car trip on the second day here – and they were still warm – yum!

DSCF5571

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – our favourite bakery

There is a light and sound show at the fortress of Tsarevets, and we got to see a little bit of it out of our window. It goes for about 20 minutes I believe and happens most nights.  We saw visions of red and blue to the sound of bells.  We sadly missed most, but we did get to see some of it. What a great location!!

Exploramum and Explorason – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria – fortress of Tsarevets in the distance

We sadly had to cut our stay short in Veliko Tarnovo as we have limit time to meet up with friends in another country for Christmas.  But we did love this little medieval town.

BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES: Book a hotel in Veliko Tarnovo here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge