GabrovoGabrovo (Bulgarian: Габрово) is a city in the Balkan region of Bulgaria.
Gabrovo began as communities harnessing the power of the Yantra River for mills and water wheels. A result of this legacy makes Gabrovo the longest city in Bulgaria as it follows the river, running north from the Balkans Mountains.
ClimateThe city has a continental climate, owing to its position close to the Balkan Mountains and distance from the Black Sea. Gabrovo has hot summers and cold, snowy winters – which is good for the popular sky resorts in the nearby Uzana area. This part of Bulgaria has all four seasons, although spring is brief and falls mainly in April. The average high daily temperature in summer is about 27 C and in winter about 4 C.
By carGabrovo is at an intersection point of two of the national arterial thoroughfares, which are of great significance to the European road network, i.e. road E-85 as part of the trans-European transport corridor № 9 (Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Kiev - Bucharest - Rousse - Veliko Tarnovo - Gabrovo - Dimitrovgrad with deviations to Greece and Turkey) and Hemus Motorway Sofia – Varna.
By busRegular daily buses connect Gabrovo with most of the other major cities in Bulgaria, including Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Rousse and others. These may be dedicated lines, serving only Gabrovo and the other city, or Gabrovo may simply be one stop among many.
By trainGabrovo may be accessed through a railroad spur at an intersection with the European railway line C-E 95 (which runs north-south) in the small village of Tsareva Livada. Stops on the mainline to the north include historic Veliko Turnovo and the major transport hub of Gorna Oryahovitsa and stops to the south include the mountain villages of Tryavna and Raduntsi and the city Stara Zagora on the southern side of the Balkan Mountains. The spur line from Tsareva Livada runs several times a day, though there are sometimes two hours layovers at the Tsareva Livada railroad station between the Gabrovo train and trains running on the main north-south line.
By planeThere are no airports in Gabrovo or the neighboring cities of Kazanluk or Veliko Turnovo. However, arranging transport by bus or train from one of the Bulgarian cities with an airport to Gabrovo is relatively simple.
Gabrovo's distance from Bulgarian airports:
- Sofia – 220 km
- Varna – 274 km
- Bourgas – 234 km
- Plovdiv – 150 km
- Gorna Oryahovitsa – 60 km
Bus transportation is available all around the city. Thanks to the Municipal passenger transport (Общински пътнически транспорт ГАБРОВО) there are around 30 bus lines, which can get you wherever you want to go in Gabrovo city. Some of the buses are new. Ticket price is 1.00 BGN. The official website of Public transport in Gabrovo can be found here. A timetable of all bus stops and routes can be found here.
Etar Architectural-Ethnographic ComplexUsually referred to as Etura, this is a recreation of a Bulgarian Revival Village, similar to what Gabrovo was like during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Built in the 1960s, the complex is home to a number of shops and crafts such as wood-carving, pottery, coppersmith crafts, furriery, cutlery making, needlework etc. There are also shops for souvenirs and a nearby three star hotel with a bar and a restaurant.
address: No. 68 Bryanska Blvd. (бул. Брянска 68)Over the centuries, Gabrovo and the people of Gabrovo developed a reputation for being skinflints. A symbol of the town, a black cat without its tail, comes from the saying that the locals are so cheap, they cut off the tails of the cat in order to open and shut the door as quickly as possible, allowing them to save heat! To their credit, the people of Gabrovo took this reputation and made it their own, eventually establishing a museum in the city which covers this reputation and provides a venue for other aspects of Bulgarian culture and the arts of Gabrovo.
Ethnographic Village of BozhentsiA village and architectural reserve in Gabrovo municipality, as compared to the city of Gabrovo itself, Bozhentsi was proclaimed an architectural and historical reserve in 1964 and is part of UNESCO's cultural monuments. A Roman bridge lies east of the village and a forest path leading to Tryavna begins on the other side.
Shipka MemorialA memorial to those who died for the Liberation of Bulgaria during the Battles of Shipka Pass in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. There are several floors inside the a 31.5-metre (98-foot) high stone tower where one can find replica of Bulgarian military flags and other relics and the top of the tower reveals a panorama of Shipka Peak and the surrounding area.
Dryanovo MonasteryA functioning Bulgarian Orthodox monastery situated in the Andaka River Valley, It was founded in the 12th century, during the Second Bulgarian Empire and is dedicated to Archangel Michael. Twice burnt down and pillaged during the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria, the monastery was restored at it present place in 1845. It was the site of several battles during the April Uprising of 1876.
GradishteThis is the site of ruins of a fortress dating to antiquity, a picnic area, a children's playground and lovely pine groves. The Gradishte site also features a cliff-top view of Gabrovo.
Sokolski MonasteryThe Sokolski Monastery is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery founded in 1833 and named after its founder Yosif Sokolski. It in the Bulgarka Nature Park and is close to the Sokolovo cave. The whole monastery was built during the Bulgarian National Revival with the strong support of the people of Gabrovo and the local villages. The monastery also played an important role during the April Uprising..
address: Str. 10 Nikolaevska (ул. Николаевска № 10)The Historical Museum takes an important place in the cultural life of Gabrovo. The beginning dates back to the first museum collection initiated in 1883 in Aprilov High School by the school principal Raicho Karolev. Nowadays the museum is housed in a beautiful baroque building built in 1904. Its rich collection includes 90 000 exhibits from the Paleolithic era, the late-ancient civilization on these lands (IV-VI centuries BC.), the First and Second Bulgarian Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, the Revival period and the industrial boom, up to present days..
Hristo Tsekov Galleryphone: +359 66 803 002address: No. 10 Kiril and Metodii (ул. Св. Кирил и Методий № 10)The gallery was opened in 1974. It is named after the first Bulgarian artist with professional education who was born in Gabrovo and graduated the Art School in Moscow. Its permanent exhibition presents valuable models of icons from the icon-painting school in Tryavna. The gallery has four exhibition halls with a total area of 3000 sq. m.
Glineni Garnetaphone: +359 66 805 168address: No. 9 Radion Umikov St. (ул. Радион Умников 9)The establishment serves cakes, pies, fruit cocktails, coffees and similar desserts and snacks.
Tempophone: +359 66 804 867address: No. 1 Shipka St. (ул. Шипка 1)The establishment serves Italian and traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
La Skalaphone: +359 66 805 051address: No. 3 Radion Umikov St. (ул. Радион Умников 3)The establishment serves pizza and similar foods.
Pri Lovetsaphone: +359 89 913 489address: No. 17 Emanuil Manolov St. (ул. Емануил Манолов 17)The establishment serves traditional Bulgarian and international cuisine.
phone: +359 878 800 799address: Mestnost Qzovira 1, Gabrovo 5347Sunrise Complex is located in the quiet surroundings near Vranovilci Dam, 12 km from the town of Gabrovo. The complex offers an outdoor swimming pool, a large car park, a bar, a kitchen and free Wi-Fi for all visitors!
Gabrovo Hills Hotelphone: +359 28 6293 39address: No. 55 Iztok St. (ул. Изток 55)The hotel offers view of the city of Gabrovo, Buzludzha Peak and Botev Peak and the Balkan range.
Koliovata Housephone: +359 89 7920 757address: No. 23 Opulchenska St. (ул. Опълченска 23)Guests have the chance to experience the atmosphere typical for a Bulgarian renaissance accommodation.
Hotel Gabrovophone: +359 66 8017 05address: No. 4 Hemus Blvd. (бул. Хемус 4)This hotel is located between the city of Gabrovo and the Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex, offering easy access to both.
Hotel Balkanphone: +359 66 8010 66address: No. 14 Emanuel Manolov St. (ул. Емануил Манолов 14)This hotel is near shops and restaurants. It has a terrace, a night club, a casino and a modern gym.
Nakovski Housephone: +359898363173address: Mestnost Qzovira 1"Nakovski House" is located in the quiet surroundings near Vranilovtsi dam, 12 km from the town of Gabrovo and 14 km from the town of Sevlievo. The house has a fully equipped kitchenette, en suite bathroom, cable TV and free Wi-Fi access.
The complex is richly landscaped and with maintained common spaces, unique architecture and a focus on detail. It offers an outdoor swimming pool with all necessary amenities, a bar and a kitchen.
Only 5 km away from us is the eco-path "Vita Wall", where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic walk in the Balkan Mountains.
Spend relaxation hours in the garden, immerse yourself in the crystal clear water of the pool or take advantage of the barbecue.