Veliko Tarnovo Region is situated in Central Northern Bulgaria.
It is bounded north by the Danube River and south by the Balkan Mountains.
There are lowlands, hilly plains, river valleys and heights of the fore-Balkan Mountains, parts of the central Balkans.
The Yantra is the largest and high water river in the region.
The reserves of Haydushki Chukar (“Haidouk Crags”) and Byalata Krava (“White Cow”) are located in the Balkan Mountains of Elena.
There are 140 cultural monuments of national significance within the area of Veliko Tarnovo Region.
Here are some of the most visited cultural and historic sites which make tourism a significant part of the region’s economics.
The region was also the host of the capital city of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Veliko Tarnovo.
Among the most visited sites are the medieval castle of Tzarevetz and the impressive audiovisual spectacle “Sound and Light”, a unique performance on the Balkan Peninsula.
The village of Arbanasi is a unique ensemble of fortified stone-made houses and richly painted churches.
Very valuable are the architectural monuments of the National Revival period – a multitude of churches, monasteries and houses that were built by talented Bulgarian masters.
The largest number of churches and monasteries in Bulgaria is in Veliko Tarnovo Region which is a very good condition for the development of pilgrimage tourism.
The numerous cultural monuments, the rich and diverse fauna and thermal waters provide conditions for cultural and hunting tourism along with medical SPA tourism.
The vine-growing complexes in Lyaskovetz, Suhindol, Karaysen and Svishtov stimulate the wine tourism.
The municipalities of Elena, Zlataritza, Strazhitza and Pavlikeni specialize in rural tourism.