Municipality of Pavlikeni is situated in the North-Central region of the country. It occupies the west-central part of District of Veliko Tarnovo.
The municipality has 20 settlements with a total population of about 24 976 people. The settlements are the towns of Pavlikeni (municipality center) and Byala cherkva and the villages: Batak, Butovo, Vishovgrad, Varbovka, Gorna Lipnitsa, Dimcha, Dolna Lipnitsa, Daskot, Karaisen, Lesicheri, Mihaltsi, Musina, Nedan, Paskalevets, Patresh, Rositsa, Slomer and Stambolovo.
The Town of Pavlikeni is situated in the central part of the Danubian Plain, at a distance of about 2 miles north of the Rositsa River and very close to the Karaisen Lake. It’s located near the cities of Veliko Tarnovo, Levski, Sevlievo and Byala.
The hilly type of some settlements, the environment and the interesting natural sights in the Municipality are prerequisites for the development of tourism.
The Town of Pavlikeni is not far to the mountains, which offers great outdoor activities and sports opportunities all year long – skiing in the winter and hiking or barbecue/picnic in summer seasons.
Municipality of Suhindol is located in Northern Bulgaria and is one of the constituent municipalities of District of Veliko Tarnovo.
The municipality has 6 settlements with a total population of about 2 739 people. The settlements are the town of Suhindol (municipality center) and the villages: Byala Reka, Koevtsi, Gorsko Kalugerovo, Gorsko Kosovo and Krasno Gradishte.
The Town of Suhindol is a town in North-Central Bulgaria, part of District of Veliko Tarnovo.
Its position in the middle of the Danubian Plain creates excellent conditions for growing wine grapes. The local co-operative “Gamza” is famous for producing wines from the local vine with the same name. In addition, Suhindol winemakers craft Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a local variety “Dimyat”.
The town’s proximity to a large dam on the Rositsa river and to the foothills of the Balkan Mountains make it a favourable tourist destination. The Rositsa River near this town is known to hold “Som” or European Catfish and some of them reach lengths of over 2 meters, especially the ones that live in the Alexandar Stamboliiski Dam.
Suhindol is one of the most well-known and wealthiest historical Bulgarian settlements. It is known as Bulgarian Champagne by the lovers of Bacchus. According to archeologists of the Veliko Tarnovo’s museum, signs of human settlement in the area date to the Neolithic (New Stone) age – approx. 6000 years B.C. They have dated remains of domiciles, captured springs, ceramic fragments, jewelry, household items (hammers, woodworking instruments and bowls) and there is evidence of settlement and activity throughout the centuries. Suhindol has existed as a town for over a century. According to the archaeologist Polichronii Sirku who visited the town in 1878, a wealthy Roman village existed in the vicinity. Folk tales tell that the town is ancient, however, the age it is not established with any certainty. In the area of “Seltze” there are remnants of a settlement dating back to the 2nd century and in the neighborhood of “Drachevo” a medieval fort known as “Diritza” existed. The ancient name of Suhindol was “Seoundal”.
The nature in the area is very beautiful and rich in many natural sights.
Some of the biggest landmarks in the municipalities and the region are:
- The Historical museum in the town of Pavlikeni – was established in 1978. It preserves, promotes, researches and keeps the cultural and historical heritage of the 20 settlements in the region. More than 22,000 units of movable cultural monuments are stored in the museum’s funds. The museum has seven exhibitions – Ancient Ceramic Center, Art Gallery, Archeology, Renaissance, Ethnography, New History and Temporary Exhibitions. Many valuable finds are stored in the museum, such as the ancient columns that reach a length of more than 2 meters, the frescoes of the Perpetual Calendar, made by the icon Venko and others. Historical museum – Pavlikeni is housed in a separate two-storey building under the project of Arch. Every year, temporary exhibitions are arranged in the museum, illuminating different periods from the historical past of the region and presenting the material diversity and richness of the local lifestyle and culture;
- The ancient ceramic center near the town of Pavlikeni – dates back to 1971. A furnace for the extraction of household ceramics, dating from the Roman era, was discovered near the town. A total of 8 furnaces were discovered later. A number of ceramic objects have been found on the place to redound explore the ceramic production of this era;
- The Historical museum of Byala Cherkva – preserves the cultural and historical heritage of the region. The first exhibition in the museum was opened in 1976 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the April uprising. On the first floor of the museum you can see documents, books, weapons, labor tools, costumes, jewelry and more. And on the second floor there is a gallery, which numbers nearly 100 works of painting, graphics and sculpture;
- The Pavlikeni Zoo– The zoo has 119 animals of 38 species. At the beginning of the park there is a children’s playground with swings, slides and climbing frames for the children, as well as benches for parents’ recreation;
- Alexander Stamboliiski Dam – It was built in 1954 and is the first large dam in Bulgaria. The dam wall is built on a German project that was created before the Second World War. The dam is built on the site of the village of Bara. When the water falls, at the bottom can be seen traces of buildings and the cross of the village church. The dam is suitable for sailing, fishing and camping;
- Emen Canyon, Momin Skok Waterfall and the Negovan eco-trail – The Emen Canyon is situated in a place along the Negovanka River, 12 miles from the City of Veliko Tarnovo. Throughout the canyon, thresholds, waterfalls, ponds and niches have been formed, surrounded by tall rocks up to 90m high. Emen’s canyon is a natural landmark with incredible nature and amazing natural formations. The Negovan eco-trail, also known as Emen’s eco-path, is the first eco-trail in Bulgaria. It is in close proximity to the Emen Canyon. The eco-path begins with a cave and ends with the fairytale Momin Skok Waterfall on the Negovanka River. The Momin Skok Waterfall is about 10m high and the pond underneath it is often used as a beach.