Standing at the crossroads of two continents, Bulgaria is a small country that has managed to preserve its unique identity and history.

And some of the country’s most iconic cultural and historical sites can be found in the central region around the towns of Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa and Dryanovo.

These three towns offer unique opportunities for a diverse holiday and will impress even the most demanding traveller.

Visitors can follow in the footsteps of great Bulgarian kings and monks and enjoy eco-tourism and memorable adventures close to nature in the authentic, unspoiled environment of the local villages.

For 208 years, Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of Bulgaria and one of the most influential towns in Medieval Europe. The atmosphere of the town is preserved to this day, and the Tsarevets castle (pictured above) is a reminder of the town’s storied history.

From Veliko Tarnovo, visitors can head to Nikopolis ad Istrum, the remains of an ancient Roman town with a well-preserved urban layout, before continuing to Gorna Oryahovitsa, with its history, culinary delights and open spaces.

Here, your customers can visit churches including Sveti Prorok Iliya, which boasts a unique bell given special status by the United Nations in 1995.

MonasteryMoving on, the next stop on the trail is Dryanovo, located at the foot of the Stara Planina mountain range and regarded as a symbol of the Bulgarian National Revival and the cardle of free spirit.

Here, a sense of calmness pervades on the approach to the richly painted Dryanovo Monastery (pictured right), which stands witness to many struggles for liberation.

If your clients want to follow the traces of history and enjoy a memorable adventure, then the central region of Bulgaria is sure to deliver.