Veliko Tarnovo The Essential
The capital of the second Bulgarian Empire occupies an exceptional site. Its white, flower-decked houses, rising in tiers, form an inextricable jumble overhanging the seven lazy meanders of the Yantra. Because the town extends lengthways, it is necessary to use a car (or a taxi) to visit the various districts - Asen, Varuša - and the imperial city of Carewec. It is important to realise that Veliko's charm is not readily perceptible. One must take time to discover this discreet city. If you do that, you will no doubt fall under its spell...
Gurko Street overlooks the river from