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Lovech region

LovechLovech region is situated in central northern Bulgaria. It is bounded by the regions of Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Plovdiv, Sofia and Vratza. Its territory is a combinations of plains and hills. Nature has been very generous to these lands where the Balkan Mountains and the Danubian Plain meet, the Vit, the Osam, the Vidima rivers run together with their tributaries. There are 8 natural reserves and protected areas. The uniqie natural reserves of Steneto (one of the largest in Bulgaria), Boatin and Tzarichina, and the largest of the Central Balkan National Park. The region is rich in karst springs (Glava Panega is the second largest in the country) and remarkable caves: Devetashka Cave (one of the largest ones in the country), Syeva Dupka, the caves in the vicinity of Karlukovo, Tabashka Cave and Vasil Levski Cave near town of Lovech.

In the region there are 600 monuments of culture, many of them dating from the Middle Ages and the National Revival period - the Troyan and Glozhdene Monasteries, the architectural historical historical reserve of Varosha, the famous Covered Bridge, designed by master Kolyu Ficheto.

Only 35 km from Lovech is the mountain resort of Beklemeto, which offers Lovech great conditions for winter tourism. There are 2,5 km of ski runs, with the best cross-country skiing and biathlon training areas nearby in a deciduous forest, all meeting European requirements. There are 170 snow days in the year. Beklemeto is also a starting point for many hiking routes in the Stara Planina Mountain.
Lovech has population of 45,000 people and is situated between the hills of Stratesh, Hisarya and Bash Bunar. The latter faces the town of Troyan and Stara Planina Mountain. There one can see two beautifully made fountains. An old legend says that everyone who comes to the town and drinks water from them stays here forever.

 Troyan

The town of Troyan is located 35 km. south of Lovech and 25 km. northeast of the historical Troyan Pass in Stara Planina Mountain. The town spreads out along the banks of Beli Osam River. It is a characteristic Balkan town producing the specific Bulgarian pottery and one of the Bulgarian most popular plum brandy.
Places of interest in Troyan are the Museum of Folk Crafts and Applied Arts, The St Paraskeva Church, the archeological complex Nunli with restored houses in the traditional Stara Planina mountain architectural style. The historical Trojan monastery, located 10 km. southeast of Troyan is the country’s third largest monastery and real jewel in the crown with its frescoes, valuable library and the miracle-working icon Three- handed Virgin.