Best places to visit in Bulgaria: Our pick #1
Evocative Veliko Tarnovo is medieval Bulgaria at its best with ancient fortifications, antique houses and attractive churches. Its dramatic setting above the Yantra River, surrounded on all sides by verdant forests, only adds to its appeal and remains constantly in sight from the urban center. The well-preserved Tsarevets Fortress enjoys a commanding position atop a hill overlooking the town and is Veliko Tarnovo's top sight. The remains of some 400 houses and 18 churches have been excavated within the medieval stronghold, as well as a royal palace with the original foundations dating back as early as the 5th century. Home to Bulgaria’s most prestigious university, Veliko Tarnovo has an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants to accommodate the university crowd, perfect on a balmy summer evening when you can sit back and soak up the beautiful undulating backdrop.