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Bulgarian Lev in Greece

Planning your summer vacation and wondering where to go – well it appears that the Bulgarian lev is now being accepted in Greece.  Apparently Euros are running so low in Greece that shops and restaurants are accepting Bulgarian and Turkish currencies.

Greece is rapidly running out of money and businesses and consumers are having to find new ways to attract tourists. The Bulgarian Lev is particularly appealing because it is pegged to the euro, meaning it’s easy and safe to convert prices. €1 is worth 1.95 Bulgarian Lev.

 

Entertainment, Things to do

A gate called ‘Odyssey’

gate5There is a unique blend of ceramics and photography happening in the unspoilt village of Hotnitsa at a gate called ‘Odyssey’, in the beautiful Bulgarian countryside.  A perfect holiday destination for rest, relaxation and immersing yourself in village life which has hardly changed for centuries.  The village boasts the famous Hotnitsa waterfalls and Eco Trail, yet is only 15km from the historic old capital of Veliko Tărnovo in the foothills of the Stara Planina Mountains.  Continue Reading

Sports, Things to do

Yantra Loop delivers for Hotnitsa Velos

11403409_1022734274411677_3017892588909119276_nA cracking ride for the HOTNITSA VELOS who cycled in stunning weather last Sunday July 5th through fields of sunflowers, empty roads (except for the odd mule cart or goat herder).  They even found some gnarly off roading along side the River Yantra – not for the faint hearted.

Love exploring your local areas on a bike and feeling connected to the landscape, then join the VELOS on their weekly jaunt – everyone is welcome.  They like to create a bit of a stir in the villages, especially when stopping for midway caffeine fixes.

bikeTheir next big ride is in the Stara Planina foothills later in the summer and details will be posted on their FB page HOTNITSA VELOS.  A keen cyclist or just a novice get in touch and explore Veliko Tarnovo under your own steam – literally.

News, Transport, Useful

Again promises for rehabilitation of Magistralna Street

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Magistralna Street

The renovation of the entire Magistralna Street – from Metro Cash & Carry Store all the way to the South Junction – is reportedly under planning at the moment according to a local newspaper. The lot is part of the national road system and accommodates all the traffic between Sofia and Varna. The road hasn’t seen proper rehabilitation for the last 15 years and its state in some part is just tragic. Continue Reading

Bulgaria Property, Property News, Transport, Useful

Price of land near Veliko Tarnovo is on the rise

magiNow that it became clear that Hemus Highway will pass about 20 km north from Veliko Tarnovo, the price of land around the old capital rose significantly. Plots are now sold for 1500 leva per 1000 sqm; as a year ago they rarely exceeded 1,200 leva per 1000 sqm. Agricultural plots of land near the town of Pavlikeni and the village Nikyup are the most sought after. There are expectations their value will go even higher.

After the last alterations it was decided that the route of the highway will now go past Pavlikeni, reaching 20 km away from Veliko Tarnovo – north of Resen and south of Nikyup.  Continue Reading

News, Sights, Transport, Useful

New hopes for the Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi Cable Car

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Something like this maybe?

Veliko Tarnovo hopes to receive euro funding of 4 million levs for the realization of the aerial lift project that is to connect Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi. The cable car idea has been around for the last 10 years but was never implemented because of lack of money.

In the new programme period Veliko Tarnovo administration will apply for funding under operational programs, which now allow for funding for this kind of attractions. Continue Reading

Lifestyle, Sports

A Yoga Union in Veliko Tarnovo

Becoming stronger as a team ASHTANGA YOGA VELIKO TARNOVO and YOGA CLUB BREATHE have joined forces to spread the love of yoga around Veliko Tarnovo.  The main studio is based on Ulitsa (street) Nish, just off Bulgaria Boulevard 29, but other venues are used around the surrounding areas. They offer weekly evening and weekend yoga classes including ashtanga yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, hatha yoga and homeopathy sessions.  They also organise events with guest teachers and have recently joined in the biggest yoga event of 2015, both here in Bulgaria and also in the UK – (International yoga day which was held on June 21st).

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