Whilst my little daughter is having her breakfast on the high chair, I caught myself day-dreaming of travelling with her. Soon she should be old enough so we can start exploring the world together. This time last year my husband and I, carrying my little baby bump, visited a beautiful town in Stara Planina mountain – Veliko Tarnovo.
The ancient fortress
Veliko Tarnovo used to be the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1187 – 1393) straight after the Byzantium empire. The ancient town was built on a hill and surrounded by 2 km long walls which kept the enemies away for centuries. You can still see the remains of the main fortress, castle, Orthodox church and the city buildings. And the view from the top of the hill to the more modern part of the town is breathtaking.
Among all the sightseeing the town has to offer, there is a light show in the evenings which is totally worth to experience.
Veliko Tarnovo now
The ancient fortress is open for the public, but it’s not the only thing you can see in Veliko Tarnovo. It has an old town and a modern part – each with its own identity and charm. We chose the most beautiful time of the year to visit – when everything was cozily sleeping under a soft blanket of snow. It really couldn’t be more romantic to explore those cobbled little streets with century-old houses, watch the roofs heavy with snow, stop at traditional cafes and ateliers. We were amazed by the architecture, delicious food and craft shops in a town full of so much history.
We stayed in hotel Concorde – a lovely place located just in between the old and the new town. It’s at the perfect distance for an evening walk to a modern bar or dinner with a view over one of hills. Mornings were very refreshing at the panorama cafe on the top floor where we enjoyed a European breakfast with a gorgeous winter picture.