Lovech is a small town located in the northern part of Bulgaria. It used to be bigger regarding the population number of it.
Lovech (Ловеч) is known as "The Town of Lilacs" due to the big fertility of growing lilac in the town. River Osum runs through the town.
Buses from Sofia depart at 09:00,12:00,15:30 and 17:00 from the central bus station in Sofia . Advance purchase of tickets is usually not necessary, except during major holidays. There are a few trains from Sofia every day. To Lovech there are frequent buses from the bus station in Pleven. It is also possible to take the train there (with a change in Levski), but that takes much longer.
There are two main bus lines-number 1 and 4. A single ticket costs 1.00 BGN (Jan 2013) and you pay to a person on the bus.
If you can afford it, you can take a taxi. Here are some taxi phone numbers, which you might find useful: ☎ +35968622310, ☎ +35968645010
- Bash Bunar Alley is located in the south part of Lovech. Next to the Bash Bunar public drinking fountain there is a sculptured figure, depicting a man drinking water from a pitcher that a woman is holding in her hands. The rumor has it that the person who drinks from the water of that drinking fountain will stay in Lovech forever. Nowadays the Bash Bunar Alley is preferable to a place to rest and to entertain both adults and children.
- Black and White Monuments have been built in the memory of the Bulgarian-Turkish battle in Lovech during the Russian-Turkish war in 1877. They are both located in Stratesh Park in Lovech. There are several more monuments in Lovech- The Vasil Levski Monument, The Ekzarh Joseph Monument, and Todor Kirkov Monument.
- Lovech Fortress lies on the two terraces of the beautiful and picturesque Hisarya Hill in the old part of Lovech. This is one of the most visited landmarks in Lovech. It was declared a monument of architecture and construction by virtue of publication in State Gazette, issue No 75 of 1967.
- The hill was first populated during the Chalcolithic Age (4000 – 3000 BC). Parts of dwellings, fragments of pottery vessels, and a gold application were discovered there. The archaeological excavations show that a Thracian settlement also existed in this place.
- The fortress was built in Roman times, but it is best known as the place where the Lovech Peace Treaty with the Byzantine Empire was signed in 1187. It marked the birth of the Second Bulgarian Empire.
- Apart from the natural protection, it got from the high steep hill slopes and the river, the fortress also had a solid stone wall.
- The remains of seven churches representing three different architectural styles were found. The church situated on the top of the hill is the oldest and the biggest one. It was built in the period 5th – 6th centuries.
- During the excavations, many adornments, everyday life objects, tools, and pottery were discovered.
- The two archaeological finds of silver coins depicting Tsar Ivan Alexander (1301 – 1371) and his son Michael are especially interesting. The first one consists of 16 coins in a pot, while the other one is comprised of 1430 coins in a pitcher.
- The Lovech Fortress was one of the last strongholds which were conquered by the Ottomans in 1446. A giant metal cross is placed inside the fortress. It can be seen from almost every spot in Lovech.
- Lovech zoo.
- Stratesh Park bears the name of the hill it is located on. The nature around the park is lovely. You can find the Lovech zoo in Stratesh Park.
- Varosha Old Town- the architecture-historical resort of Lovech. The Varosha district dates from the Bulgarian Renaissance. It is famous for its churches "Saint Sunday" and "Holy Virgin Mary", The Vasil Levski Monument, The Middle-Aged Fortress of Lovech, Vasil Levski Museum, The Covered Bridge, The Art Gallery, Bash Bunar Alley, Stratesh Park the Black Monument, and The White Monuments and many others.
You can buy many different souvenirs from Lovech, that represent the town. You can find them in the shops on The Covered Bridge in Varosha.
- Color Club-Restaurant, St Targovska 70, Obshtinski Pazar,, ☎ +359 899 840 079. This is your place for quick lunch with colleagues, a good night with friends, a cup of nice coffee during the day, or an unforgettable evening party. edit
- Apolo Cafe, D-r Sayko Saev 28, Lovech, ☎ +359 686 04174 ([email protected]). edit
- Vienna Cafe Club, ul. Targovska 18, 5500 Lovech Center, Lovech, ☎ +359 686 04342. edit
- Presidium Palace Hotel, ul. Targovska 51, 5500 Lovech Center, Lovech, ☎ +359 68 687 501, . situated in the heart Lovech, near the administrative and business centre of the city. edit
- Varosha Hotel, "pl. (near Todor Kirkov Square and the Covered Bridge), ☎ +359 686 03377, . edit
- Tourist Information Centre Lovech, ul. Mostova 2, 5500 Lovech (Pokrit most), ☎ +359 686 01362 ([email protected]), . edit
- Krushuna Falls (Крушунски водопад) are located near the village of Krushuna, 28 km from the city of Lovech. They are famous for their picturesque landscape. This is the biggest water cascade in the country, with many travertine stages, rich in plants and animal species. The main waterfall drops from 20 m. It splits into several branches and creates a few other waterfalls. For the convenience of the tourists, an eco-trail was built, which allows you to enjoy the exquisite sight, inspired by the crystal water and fresh-green vegetation of the area. Iskar-Penga is a gorge on the Golden Panega river, the trail leads to Prohodna cave. You can go there on foot (on the river) or by kayak.