Elena

Hotels in Elena, guest houses and villas in the Elena Balkan; ecotourism and fishing at the Yovkovtsi Reservoir.

The beautiful and picturesque town of Elena is located in the valley of the Elena river in the foothills of the Elena Balkan, 38 km from Veliko Tarnovo. The town was an important cultural, educational, commercial and crafts center for whole Bulgaria during its Revival period and the Elena-citizens, known for their fighting and unbending spirit participated in some of the most famous uprisings - the Velchova Zavera and the Tarnovo Uprising, which were done to overthrow the Ottoman rule. Not accidentally during the Revival, there were three churches in Elena, which was unheard of in any location in Bulgaria throughout the five centuries of Ottoman rule. Because of this, the town was called the 'Bulgarian Bethlehem'. The oldest of these churches is St. Nicholas from the 16th century. It was painted by the famous painters at that time David and Jacob, as the frescoes are of exceptional value and they are monuments of culture. The church of the Assumption of Theotokos is in the same courtyard. It is impressive in size - 33 m long, 21 m wide and 25 m high, making it one of the largest churches in the country to this day. Elena is one of the places in Bulgaria where the authentic Revival spirit is well preserved and revered. Walking around the town, every tourist will feel the enchantment of times long gone. Elena is rich in monuments; among them are 147 buildings, 6 000 ethnographic objects, 780 works of Revival and modern art, very old books. A part of this precious heritage is the home of the National Leader Ilarion Makariopolski - a typical representative of a luxurious, traditional Elena Revival house. Another symbol of the town is the Daskalolivnitsa - the first Bulgarian secondary school. The following landmarks are not less interesting: the Five Razsukanov Houses, representing an architectural ensemble of five houses under one roof; the Kamburov Khan Clock Tower, the Popnikolov house; the house of Jordan Hadzhipetkov. There are also natural sights near Elena that should not be missed, and for this purpose there are eco-trails built to the Markov Kamak, Raev Kamak Hristovski Waterfall, Kapinovo Monastery, etc. There are sport and tourism facilities available. Near the Chumerna Hut, there is a ski slope with a ski lift and wardrobe, there are eight grounds for orienteering and there is a possibility for mountain climbing near the hut of Bukovets. Many sports facilities are built in the town, which provides conditions for the training of professional teams and tournaments are held annually, as well as events such as the football on small doors, popular struggles, march to the Kapinovo Monastery, festival of the Elena Balkan and others. The Yovkotsi Dam is also nearby. It is suitable for fishing and water sports. Never mind whether the town visitors choose a classic hotel in Elena or a guest house, they will surely appreciate the perfect combination of traditional Revival architecture and modern comforts. Elena people are famous for their hospitality and will certainly dine with every person at their table, providing homemade yogurt, Elena local delicacies such as the Elena ham and other goodies that will tempt even the most ardent gastronomes.
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Hotel Eleni PalaceHotel Eleni Palace 
Address: 6 Ivan Kirilov Street
Phone: +359 6151 6325, +359 878 550230, +359 899 946212
Website: http://www.elenipalace.com
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Hotel Eleni Palace is located in the heart of the Revival town of Elena, right next to the Birth of Theotokos church. It accepts guests year-round and offers very good opportunities for complete relaxation, active tourism and hosting different events. It is suitable for individual tourists and couples, families with children and organized groups as well as for everyone, who is looking for cosiness and warm hospitality coupled with professional service, reasonable rates for accommodation and convenient location in the town.
Guest House Saint PavlosGuest House Saint Pavlos 
Address: 28 Oborishte Street
Phone: +359 6151 2335, +359 886 757118
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Guest House Saint Pavlos is situated in the town of Elena. The town is a magnificent place which has preserved in a unique way the authentic spirit of Bulgaria from its national revival period and its rich historic and cultural heritage. Here every visitor will be able to rest in the peacefulness and fresh air of the mountain hills of Elena and enjoy its fabulously beautiful nature. In House Saint Pavlos guests will discover hospitable innkeepers, warm welcoming and coziness.
Hotels near Elena
Popskata HousePopskata House 
Location: Elena municipality, Yakovtsi
Address: Yovkovtsi Dam
Approximate distance: 5.4 km, direction: west
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Lucky BungalowsLucky Bungalows 
Location: Elena municipality, 5084 Dolni Maryan
Approximate distance: 6.2 km, direction: east
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Complex ElitsaComplex Elitsa 
Location: Elena municipality, 5093 Sredni Kolibi
Approximate distance: 11.0 km, direction: west
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Villa DivnaVilla Divna 
Location: Elena municipality, 5093 Badevtsi
Approximate distance: 11.5 km, direction: south-west
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Spasov HouseSpasov House 
Location: Veliko Tarnovo municipality, 5050 Kilifarevo
Approximate distance: 22.2 km, direction: west
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Hotel MarayaHotel Maraya 
Location: Veliko Tarnovo municipality, 5029 Arbanassi
Address: 13 Kapitan P. Gramadov Street
Approximate distance: 25.2 km, direction: north-west
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Places of interest and sights in and nearElena
Clock Tower
Address: Center
Approximate distance: 0.1 km, direction: south
Architectural and Historic Complex Daskalolivnitsa
Address: Center, 8 Karshovska Street
Approximate distance: 0.1 km, direction: south
Popnikolovata House (Paleonthology Museum)
Approximate distance: 0.1 km, direction: south-west
Dormition of the Mother of God Church
Approximate distance: 0.2 km, direction: south
The Five Razsukanov's (Hadjidimitrov's) Houses
Address: Sava Katrafilov Street
Approximate distance: 0.2 km, direction: north
House Museum Ilarion Makariopolski
Address: Center, 2 Doyno Gramatik Street
Approximate distance: 0.3 km, direction: north-east
Merdanya Monastery Holy 40 MartyrsMartyrs
Approximate distance: 15.6 km, direction: north-west
Ski Center Chumerna
Approximate distance: 17.6 km, direction: south-east
Sheshkingrad Fortress
Approximate distance: 18.6 km, direction: south
Kilifarevo Monastery Nativity of the Theotokos
Approximate distance: 20.9 km, direction: west
Gradat Fortress
Approximate distance: 21.4 km, direction: west
Assumption of the Theotokos Church
Approximate distance: 21.9 km, direction: west
Other locations nearElena
Marafeltsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 3.0 km, direction: north-west (azimuth: 304°)
Tarkasheni
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 3.3 km, direction: north (azimuth: 345°)
Blaskovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 3.4 km, direction: north-west (azimuth: 329°)
Stoychevtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 3.8 km, direction: west (azimuth: 263°)
Darlevtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 4.4 km, direction: north (azimuth: 8°)
Valchovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 4.5 km, direction: west (azimuth: 288°)
Velkovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 4.5 km, direction: south-east (azimuth: 148°)
Boaza
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 4.7 km, direction: north (azimuth: 18°)
Balutsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 4.9 km, direction: north-west (azimuth: 299°)
Yakovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 4.9 km, direction: west (azimuth: 274°)
Ruhovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 5.4 km, direction: east (azimuth: 110°)
Lazartsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 5.6 km, direction: south-east (azimuth: 150°)
Donkovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.0 km, direction: west (azimuth: 260°)
Dolni Maryan
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.1 km, direction: east (azimuth: 78°)
Hanevtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.5 km, direction: south-east (azimuth: 152°)
Bagalevtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.6 km, direction: south-west (azimuth: 232°)
Mirchovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.7 km, direction: south-west (azimuth: 223°)
Neshevtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.7 km, direction: south (azimuth: 158°)
Buynovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 6.8 km, direction: south (azimuth: 168°)
Beykovtsi
Veliko Tarnovo province, Elena municipality
Approximate distance: 7.3 km, direction: south (azimuth: 197°)