This small town in the hills near Veliko Tarnovo has a very romantic and well restored historic center. Its renovated buildings all line cobble-stoned Angel Kanchev Street. So it took us not more than an hour to cover all of it. Tryavna’s most famous sight is its old church with its thatched roof that almost touches the ground. Inside lots of wood carved icons are on display, a craft Tryavna is famous for.
The Hotel Season up the hill provided the perfect shelter from that oppressing heat. Up there a cool breeze blew the oppressing heat away, because at 06:00 pm the thermometer still stuck at 35 degrees. Luckily we stayed overnight here, because only in the evening could we really enjoy this charming town. We hung out in one of outdoor cafes, watched the children lining up to buy the all town favorite snack – a little cup of maize kernels.
Despite the high season and its picturesque center, Tryavna, like most places we have been so far, is mostly visited by Bulgarian tourists. Even the more expensive hotels (30 Euros for a double room) are exclusively booked by Bulgarian tourists.
Nevertheless, Tryavna was a turning point in our trip: we felt we had seen enough “National Revival Architecture” and affluent Bulgarians driving around in huge SUVs. So we headed straight north towards the Danube – Bulgaria’s frontier with Romania.