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Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi included in luxury cruises along the Danube

Arbanassi and Veliko Tarnovo are part of luxury cruise itineraries that are offered at prices between 560 and 660 dollars. One of the companies providing them is the Bulgarian Dunav Tours which offers unforgettable experiences aboard the five-star cruise ship Elegant Lady. The trip is called Danubian romance and starts from Vienna, passing through Budapest, Esztergom, Melk, Passau, etc. The voyage takes seven days and provides on ground tours from Ruse to Ivanovo Rock Monastery, the Old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi. Continue Reading

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Veliko Tarnovo in the Heart of History to be shown at 9 international film festivals

The travel documentary film Veliko Tarnovo in the Heart of History is to be shown at nine international festivals this year. The tape is included in the programs of Tourfilm Riga (Latvia), Film Art & Tourism Festival “FilmAT” (Poland), BAKU INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FILM FESTIVAL (Azerbaijan), ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL (Croatia), International Festival of Tourism Films in Istanbul, Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2016 (France), ART & TUR – International Tourism Film Festival (Portugal), Tourfilm Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) and SILAFEST (Serbia). All forums are part of the prestigious system CIFFT – International Committee of the Festivals for Tourism Films (http://www.cifft.com).

Veliko Tarnovo in the Heart of History tells the story of the old Bulgarian capital in an intricate way and will take your breath away with unique footage, animation and interesting facts about the tourist sites in the town. The famous Bulgarian actor Yulian Vergov will guide you through emblematic landmarks in a friendly and engaging way.

This is the first travel documentary film in Bulgaria ever to be shot and screened in the highest technical standard in cinema – 4k format.

This week the film is released on DVD in two versions – Bulgarian and English, and can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre in Veliko Tarnovo, in various souvenir shops or ordered online.

The movie dubbed in English:

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The highways passing near Veliko Tarnovo with clear routes now

The routes for the two highways that will pass near Veliko Tarnovo are already clear, the local newspaper Borba announced. Officially Hemus Motorway will run north of Polikraishte, about 13-14 km from the old capital. There will also be a large road junction where Hemus intersects the planned highway between Ruse and Veliko Tarnovo. The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Highway is to cross the current Sofia – Varna main arterial road near the village of Momin Sbor.

Hemus Motorway is to enter Veliko Tarnovo area near the village of Varbovka (close to Pavlikeni) and will go south to Mihaltsi. It will pass near Lesicheri, Dichin, Vodoley and will reach Polikraishte; it will then continue in the direction of Sushitsa and Gorski Senovets and all the way to Belokopitovo and Shumen.

The Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo Highway is to be constructed at the same time. The selected route will run north of Byala and north of Polski Trambesh near the village of Obedinenie and towards Momin Sbor and Ledenik and then straight to Debelets. Its construction begins next year.

The property market was quick to react to the news. The first deals for plots of land near the planned routes are already underway. A boom in property prices along the highways is also to be expected.

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The Central Post Office in Veliko Tarnovo to become a 5-star hotel

Hotels_near_Paradigm_Malibu1The Post Office in the very centre of Veliko Tarnovo is set to become a luxury 5-star hotel, it was announced by the Chief Architect of the Municipality Nikolay Malakov. The current owners have already announced their intentions and will start working on the project shortly.

The building that used to be owned by the Bulgarian National Telekom/Vivacom until recently housed the Customer Service Centre of the company. It is built over 5 floors in the shape of the Bulgaria letter П, with a courtyard and garages accessible from the south. Its total built-up area is just over 1380 square meters, according to the local newspaper borbabg.com.

11 (1)The idea of the new owners is for the ground floor facing the street to host many shops. Some of them have already been realized and operate with a separate entrance for each.

The hall with the telephone booths is to be converted into a posh ice cream parlour. The investments only for the ice cream shop is expected to reach about 100,000 leva. The entire building is owned by a developer who bought it from the state in December, 2009 for 1,6 million euro. Until now he rented it out to its previous owner – Vivacom.

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Beer and Grill Festival – Veliko Tarnovo Mezi

Citizens and guest of Veliko Tarnovo are to be indulged with an unforgettable four-day experience during the Balkan grill festival Veliko Tarnovo Mezi* which will be held from 26th till 29th May at the circus site behind Billa Store. Admission is free and organizers are promising fun, sports activities, music and delicious food prepared by the best masters of the grill from Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia and Greece. Activities and stalls open from 10 am till 10 pm each day.

The event coincides with the fourth anniversary of the leading brewery in Veliko Tarnovo – Britos. 1000 gifts and 100 liters of free beer will be distributed by the brewery as part of the awards during the festival. The amount of beer that will be consumed during the feast is a hard task to measure and no one is willing to predict it.

During the four day there will be all-day music program, children’s Sports Academy, five-hours long concerts, children’s workshops, dance workshops, family relay, mini football, street ball for children, children rides and for the first time in Bulgaria – Bubble football and paintball with bows; there will also be a Backgammon and Belote tournaments.

A huge cinema screen will broadcast the greatest matches in the history of Bulgarian football every night from 8 pm as well as the Champions League Final.

*Meze n. (Mezi v.) is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers.

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Pavlikeni hosts its Third Egg Feast

IMG_0238Pavlikeni is organizing its Egg Feast for the third time on May, 14th. The celebrations start at 2 pm and are going to last till the sun sets down. Sponsor and co-organizer of the fest will be the local Haipro Egg Factory which will provide more than 3000 eggs for the day. Cooking contest, concert, competitions as well as souvenir stalls and many attractions will be featured in the feast. The Mayor of Pavlikeni Emanuil Manolov is promising this year visitors and participants will have even more fun.

Everyone will be presented with the opportunity to taste the delicious omelettes prepared on the spot. Also many egg-related crafts will be demonstrated and there will be many stalls with souvenirs, sweet treats and flowers. A specially designated area will show traditions typical for the villages in the area. People from the village of Paskalevets with also present their rakiya which is made according to a secret ancient recipe using herbs, honey and the Sun. Continue Reading

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Veliko Tarnovo among the towns with increasing population

Veliko Tarnovo is also one of the three towns in Bulgaria which reported positive internal migration growth and increasing population. The data was published after a research conducted by the National Statistics Institute and Eurostat and supported by the European Commission.

The study was conducted in 18 cities – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Pleven, Ruse, Vidin, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Dobrich, Shumen, Pernik, Yambol, Haskovo, Pazardzhik, Blagoevgrad, Veliko Tarnovo and Vratsa.

Only in three of the areas the internal migration growth is positive – Sofia (5%), Veliko Tarnovo (1.35%) and Varna (0.48%).

The analysis also shows that the average age of the population in Veliko Tarnovo is among the lowest in the country. Blagoevgrad took the first position with an average age of the population being 39 years; the old capital ranks second with 39 years and eight months.

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