Welcome to Arbanasi
This hilltop getaway, 8km by road from Veliko Târnovo, has an agreeable mix of historical and outdoor activities. Nearly 90 of Arbanasi’s churches, monasteries and mansions are state-protected cultural monuments. Wealthy nobles who resided here during the Bulgarian Revival period have left behind heritage houses, now converted into museums or guesthouses. Walking trails and horse-riding excursions are popular ways to experience its leafy surrounds. Busloads of visitors arrive at weekends; stick around after sunset to enjoy excellent mehanas (taverns) and valley views without the crowds.