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Abandoned motel by Veliko Tarnovo to be transformed into a spa gem

1.2 million leva is to be invested in the complex

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The unsightly Opalchenska street

A real spa gem near Veliko Tarnovo is currently under construction it was announced by the Chief Architecture of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality. The building which operated as a motel in the past is located at the end of Opalchenska street (the one starting from Yantra Hotel towards the village of Samovodene). The process of reconstruction is in the final stages and soon will be completed. The edifice was previously used also a kids vacation camp. It took almost a year for the new owners of the place to coordinate their project with the requirements of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works.

The motel is totally transformed. The whole complex spans at 2,500 sqm and comprises of a bar, a restaurant seating more than 100 people, a hotel with 30 rooms, a spa centre and a swimming centre. The local authorities are contributing towards the project due to their aim to develop this part of the down and make it more appealing as currently it is in a pretty bad state. The street is also to be repaired soon.

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Role Trapezitsa in the EC protected products register

The European Commission approved the inclusion of a Bulgarian food product in the register of Traditional Speciality Guaranteed, concerning foods with traditional and specific character. The meat delicacy has been granted Protected Geographical Status under European Union law. The aim of the scheme is to protect the reputation of regional products, promote traditional product and eliminate non-genuine production, which may deceive consumers or be of inferior quality. Role Trapezitsa will find its place among 1200 other protected products.Lukanka

The name of the delicacy is derived from the name of the historical hill of Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria.  Role Trapezitsa is a pressed, raw dry-cured meat product prepared from pork and a mixture of salt and natural seasoning stuffed into a casing made of bovine blind gut or collagen and netting and bound with twine. The meat is tender and succulent, with pleasant savoury taste. Many of the local meat processing companies have this speciality in their produce portfolios. Continue Reading

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Bulgarian National Bank to introduce a two leva coin

coinFrom the beginning of 2015 a coin will replace the Bulgarian note with the smallest denomination, it was announced in the newspapers today. The information is said to be disclosed by sources close to the Bulgarian National Bank. The coin will feature a portrait of Paisiy Hilendarski.

The project is now ready and it bears a very close resemblance to the note design. The new coin design was developed by experts from the Mint at the request of the Central Bank. The coin will be bi-metallic; it will consist of a centre made of yellow metal and an outer ring of steel-coloured metal. It will be also slightly larger than the one leva coin.

After the coins are minted and enter circulation the old, worn and dirty two leva notes will be withdrawn. However two leva notes will continue to be legal tender, it was made clear by BNB.

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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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Mindya Rock Fest 2014 is coming soon

rockfestThe village of Mindya annually holds a rock fest. The event is organized by the notable political commentator Evgeni Daynov who owns a house in the village. He came up with the idea in 2009. 16 bands will perform in this year’s edition of the rock fest. Mindya Rock Fest 2014 will be a three-day event taking place at the end of August  – 28th, 29th and 30th.

The rock fest will welcome foreign performers for the first time this year, namely guest groups from Turkey and Serbia. The audience at the concerts will hear some nice blues and rock music. For a second year in a row Mindya Rock Fest will present rising bands which are to compete for the prize to record a song for free in a professional studio. The music event is a part of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality official cultural programme from 2012. Continue Reading

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Violin-player virtuoso Vasko Vassilev to perform in Veliko Tarnovo

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Vasko Vassilev

One of the most famous violinists in the world Vasko Vassilev will stage a concert at Veliko Tarnovo Summer Theatre on 30th August. The show is part of the brilliant musician’s national tour which will make stops in six Bulgarian towns. The Concert Master of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House has opted to play only film scores in his Cinema Concertos.

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Albena Denkova

The violin player will be accompanied on the stage by the two-time Ice Dance World Champion Albena Denkova. She will dance to the music of Libertango as Vasko Vassilev plays the composition of Ástor Piazzolla. Recently she won the Bulgarian edition of Dancing with the Stars and will treat the public to a dance show to be remembered.

The show kicks off on August, 30th at 8 pm. Tickets cost 20 to 50 lv and can be bought on line.