Once just a day trip and now a tourist draw, Tryavna (40km southwest of Veliko Târnovo) has been impressively renovated thanks to EU largesse. The National Revival–period homes, stone bridges and cobblestone streets are all aesthetically appealing, as is the sight of the main church selectively floodlit at night. Tryavna is most famous for its craftsmanship, and particularly for the eminent Tryavna school of religious woodcarving. However, despite its plethora of exhibitions and churches, Tryavna has not become simply a museum town; a school for woodcarving still exists, attended by young Bulgarians continuing this aspect of their national heritage.
Tryavna destination guides
Balkan Mountains Cycle
Off the beaten track cycling through the unspoiled Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria