Roughly halfway between Sofia and Ruse, Pleven is mainly of interest as a transport hub; it has good links to destinations across northern Bulgaria and beyond. It's a languid and fairly lacklustre place, and there's little incentive to stay, but if you do stop over, there are a few interesting sights and plenty of cafes in the pretty pedestrian centre. Bulgaria's highest temperatures are often recorded in Pleven, and summer in the city can be a little stifling.
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