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Moto Rock Fest Boliari near Kapinovski Monastery opens tonight

photo_verybig_1311398Hundreds of rockers from the whole country are expected to gather near the Kapinovski Monastery for the national moto rock fest there. The event which is taking place every year is organized by Veliko Tarnovo Moto Club Boliari. The official opening is today (22.08) at 8 pm. The hosting club has prepared many contests and fun activities for the bikers. A rock concert starts at 9 o’clock.

On Saturday (23.08) the rockers will have a parade through Veliko Tarnovo starting at 11 am. Then they will lay flowers at the grave of their patron Grishata. The Moto Rock Fest programme continues at 1 pm at the village of Kozarevets; the fifth round of the Moto Drug Race Championship for Bulgaria Cup will be held there. Action is shifting to the Kapinovski Monastery grounds in the evening. There will be many attractive contests for the bikers including rope pulling and arm wrestling. Everyone present will be delighted with another rock concert and the party is to come to an end in the small hours with erotic show at the pool of the nearby recreational complex.

Moto rock fest Boliari is going to be the only one for this year in Veliko Tarnovo. Because of the June floods the annual rock fest organized by Old Bastard Moto Club near Kilifarevski Monastery was called off. The other traditional rock festival organized by Bad Company was also cancelled.

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A foreign investor shows interest in Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport

airA foreign investment company, which wants to stay anonymous for the time being, shows interest in the international airport at Gorna Oryahovitsa, near Veliko Tarnovo. A representative of the firm, the name of which is shrouded in mystery, has already visited the airport on a couple of occasions. The last viewing of the grounds took place a month ago. At this stage the only thing known for sure is the potential investor is an airport operator represented on key airports around the world. Continue Reading

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The villages in Veliko Tarnovo region – magnet for homebuyers

The villages are appealing with the peace and tranquillity they provide

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Malki chiflik

The renewed growing tendency of people buying houses in the villages of Belyakovets and Malki Chiflik is taking hold of other nearby villages like Shemshevo and Prisovo. Villages in Veliko Tarnovo regions draw like magnets wealthier buyersand not only them. The unique charm of the villages and their peace and tranquillity are tempting to future home owners. Once part of the local community people quickly fall in love with the enchanting Bulgarian settlements. They even start contributing towards the better image of their village – fixing side walks, doing some voluntary gardening or donating small sums to local churches and landmarks.

The so-called villa zone of Malki Chiflik is now greater than the village itself. The houses in the village are around 170, and the ones in the villa zone – 200. This area is very attractive; the number of applications for building permits is growing with each day. The urban plan for development of Veliko Tarnovo envisions an expansion of the town in the direction of the village. Due to the increased interest house prices are now exceeding 20 – 25,000 euro. Continue Reading

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Trapezitsa Hill has its panoramic lift now

1_vlakche-trapezicaThe 25-seat glass elevator is manufactured in Italy and costs 2.5 million leva

An inclined lift which will take tourists up on Trapezitsa Hill has been installed and is currently undergoing last technical adjustments and tests. The tests should be completed by the beginning of August and the lift will then have to be approved by a specially appointed commission.

The cabin seats 25 people. It weighs 55 tons and is made of glass so tourists can enjoy the spectacular view which is reviewed from the hill. The lift is made in Italy and costs 2.5 million leva. The track is 124 m long and the maximum speed will be 1.6 m/sec. The lift will take off at a special stop near the old Trapezitsa railway stop and will raise its passengers up 65 meters to a point in the western part of the historic hill where two decades ago archaeologist discovered the remnants of a 40 meters long defensive walls from XIII century.

34834275Currently there are archaeological excavations going on at the hill so it will be some time before tourists take to use the lift. Also the reconstruction of the ramparts and the infrastructure of the tourist area have to be completed before the lift starts operating.

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Free student-led sightseeing tours in Veliko Tarnovo

rfwsdgA future marketing specialist, a student in political science and a hostel worker are conducting free guided walking tours along the cobbled street of Veliko Tarnov and its many places to visit. The meeting point is in front of the Tourist Information Centre Veliko Tarnovo, near the Post Office, at 11 am. The guided tour is in English and lasts two hours. During this walk tourists from all over the world are shown Veliko Tarnovo’s most renowned sites – from the artisan Samovodska Charshia, pass the Cathedral temple The birth of Holy Mother, through Tsarevets Fortress, along Gurko Street and finishing their journey at Asenevtsi Monument, near the starting point. In nice weather there are also evening tours from 6 pm but are more oriented towards different art and performance events. The students are giving these free discussions for a third year in a row because in their words it is a nice way to spend their free time. This year they have one more reason – Veliko Tarnovo’s effort to win The European Capital of Culture 2019 Contest. As the summer season is coming to its peak more and more tourists are flocking to the town. Americans, English, Spanish, French, Russian and even Japanese nationals are walking along the cobbled streets of the Old Town and enjoying its magnificence. The art events held at the Boris Denev Art Gallery and Asenevtsi Monument are also gathering momentum amongst the foreign tourist.

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Bread feast in the village of Resen

breadA feast under the slogan „No one is bigger than bread“ will take place on July, 5th in Resen, a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. The event is organized by the local authorities, community centre and pensioner’s club. The celebration day will feature two contests – for best dough-made product and best folk song performer.

bread2Folk musical groups from Ruse, Gabrovo, Resen, Mindya, Tserova Koriya and many more place will take part in the singing contest. The participant in the culinary competition will present their ritual breads, banitsi, mekitsi, buhti and other dough-made products in the foyer of the community centre. Continue Reading

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12 million leva needed for the pedestrian zone by Yantra River and the reconstruction of Boruna and Sveta Gora parks

parkVeliko Tarnovo’s Mayor and his team are trying to find the means to fund the reconstruction of Boruna Park and the construction of riverside road and pedestrian zone by Yantra River. The money is also needed for the restoration of the Stambolov bridge and Boris Denev Art Gallery. Sveta Gora Hill will also be transformed. The plan is for Sveta Gora Park to turn into the new favourite place for recreation of the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo. There will be bicycle lanes, open air stages, open air fitness grounds and observation decks with great panoramic views towards the town and Tsarevets Fortress.  A new riverside street will be constructed by Yantra River. A beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkway will also be build. Water attractions and activities will be available after the realization of the project is all done. Continue Reading