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Two open-air ice skating rinks will be set up in Veliko Tarnovo for the winter season

outdoor-ice-rinkTwo ice-skating rinks will be available for the citizens and guests of Veliko Tarnovo. The first one of them is currently under construction behind Billa supermarket. The facility will span at 600 sqm. The field will be frozen via a latest state of the art technology using coolant called glycol. The skating rink will have all necessary certificates and will conform to all safety standards.

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Finally there will be a new kids’ playground in the centre of Veliko Tarnovo

playThe construction of a kids’ playground which will also be suitable for disadvantaged and disabled children is currently under way in Marno Pole Park in Veliko Tarnovo. It is the second of its kind in Bulgaria. The old beat-up and dangerous see-saws, swings and slides have been dismantled and removed and the installation of the new elements which conform to all contemporary safety standards has begun.

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The Christmas spirit takes over Veliko Tarnovo

10410770_770519773008455_4354075032524361147_nThe Christmas Market in Veliko Tarnovo starts on 1st December; it will be located in Marno Pole Park in the centre of the town. The market is inspired by the traditional Austrian Christmas markets and will bring us all the spirit of the Christmas season with lots of attractions, amusements, events and concerts. The park will be adorned with festive decorations and lightings for third consecutive year.images (41)

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Campaign for old electric appliances collection

Electrical items_0On November 29th (Saturday) the citizens of Veliko Tarnovo and the region can dispose safely of their outdated and faulty electric appliances. Two makeshift stations, where you can hand in you unwanted devices, will be set up. One will be in Buzludzha neighbourhood at the parking lot near the open market and another at the parking across the CBA store in Kartala quarter. All the home appliance will then be recycled.

Veliko Tarnovo has a contract with a firm that will collect the items. The reason behind this action is purely ecological – if the electric appliances are discarded in the street waste containers they can eventually have harmful influence on the environment. The Municipality is conforming to the high ecological standard ISO 14001 Environmental Management System for several years now. This system aims at minimizing the pollution and negative effects of human activity on the environment.

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Veliko Tarnovo is the most hospitable region in Bulgaria

hostelThe town won 83 out of a total of 100 points

The international search engine trivago.com specializing in hotel comparison and based in Germany nominated Veliko Tarnovo as the most hospitable town you can stay in Bulgaria.

This high appraisal is based on votes both by native and foreign tourists who visited Veliko Tarnovo. The town scored the most points compared to all the other places that participated in the survey. Hostel Mostel scored 91 points thus taking the very first place. At the beginning of the year the hostel was pronounced the best in Bulgaria by another internet site also. Users had to rate personnel friendliness, price ranges, services included, etc. Continue Reading

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10 non-working days for Christmas and New Year Celebrations

calendarThe government is expected to announce today that 2nd January is also going to be a non-working day, meaning that we’re going to have 5 consecutive non-working days for Christmas and another 5 for the New Year celebrations. So everyone will have enough time to go and visit their friends and family and also plenty of time for eating and drinking as the tradition enjoys.

2nd January 2015 is not an official public holiday but it will be included in this festive time span for a more efficient use of the festive days by merging 31st December (which was already announced a day of rest earlier this year), the official public holiday 1st January 2015 and the following weekend and also so that the work process is not interrupted. 31th December is going to be worked off on 13th December and 2nd January – on 24th January.

24th, 25th and 26th December are official public holidays and this years they are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which obviously means that the weekend is coming right after them so the only working days available for anything urgent that might come up to be done (and is related to any government institution) are going to be 29th and 30th December. Private businesses are independent and decide on their own if they are going to operate or not.

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Veliko Tarnovo to become a female football development centre

elite-daily-girl-soccerVeliko Tarnovo is one of eight towns in Bulgaria chosen to become female football development centres. The Bulgaria Football Union won the approval of UEFA for its scheme for encouraging young girls and women to play soccer. The project is part of UEFA project for ‘supporting and funding each of the 54 UEFA member associations in their quest to nurture and promote the women’s game in their communities, schools, parks and playgrounds’. There will be also football coaching courses for women.

Female FC Bolyarki was founded 10 year ago so the town has some traditions in this sphere. Veliko Tarnovo’s FC Etar has already announced its intention to start working with girls. Their coach will be the legendary football player of the recent past Ilyan Kiryakov. The female players will be equipped with kits and will take part in various tournaments.