Emen Canyon, Bulgaria


The Emen Canyon is a scenic location along the Negovanka River, in the foothills of The Central Balkan Range’s northern slope, 20 km from the city of Veliko Turnovo. The constantly flowing river has cut through the valley’s soft limestone to create many rapids, waterfalls, pools and recesses beneath cliffs that rise as high as 90 meters. The water fall Hotnitsa Kaya Bunar it’s a water drop of 30 meters, where we will have a nice bath!  

Itinerary

  • day 1 Saturday: BucureÅŸti – Veliko Tarnovo – Emen. Visit in Veliko Tarnovo   
  • day 2 Sunday: bike tour “Emen Canyon” 45km / 200 hm    

 

Technical details 

  • two days
  • accommodation: pension / double room
  • dinner, breakfast, on bike lunch
  • medium level
  • group of: 6-20 riders


Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is a town situated in North Bulgaria, an administrative center of the Veliko Tarnovo County. The town is situated in the valley of the river Yantra, at a distance of 241 km from the capital – Sofia, 228 km from the city of Varna, and 107 km from the town of Ruse.

Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest towns in the country, as its history dates back to more than five thousand years ago, which is proven by archaeological excavations.

The upsurge of Veliko Tarnovo is related to the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185 – 1393). In 1185 the town was declared a capital of the restored Bulgarian State by the brothers Asen and Petar, who declared the end of the Byzantine dominion, which continued for 167 years.

The most significant monument of culture in Veliko Tarnovo is the medieval fortress Tsarevets, situated on the homonymous peak, surrounded on three sides by the river Yantra.

There is also another historical hill near Tsarevets - Trapezitsa. Its historical richness is great and has not been completely discovered yet. The archaeological excavations on the hill continue and new interesting finds constantly appear on the surface.

Besides its historical hills, Veliko Tarnovo is also famous for its multiple orthodox temples. One of the most emblematic medieval churches is the temple “St. Forty Holy Martyrs”, constructed in honor of the triumph of Tsar Ivan Asen II (1218 – 1241) over the Epir Despot Teodor Komnin (1180 –1273).

During the Age of Revival (18th – 19th century) Veliko Tarnovo was an attractive place for the Bulgarian intellectuals. The town was also a center of the First Revolutionary Region during the April Uprising of 1876 against the Ottoman dominion.

The larger portion of the local museums, are situated in the old part of the town. Some of the most interesting of them include; the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Revival and Constituent Assembly, Museum of Contemporary and Most Contemporary History, the Sarafkina House, the Museum House of P. R. Slaveykov, the Stambolov Inn, the Inn of Hadzhi Nikoli, etc.

 

 

Bike ride “Emen Canyon”

The canyon begins to the south of the Novo Selo village and is interrupted near the village of Emen where the valley slopes rise sharply. For this reason the canyon is divided into two parts, The Upper and Lower Boaz. Because of its unique natural attributes and beauty, the region has been declared a protected reserve by Decree â„– 880 on November 11, 1980.
Bulgaria’s first ecological route was laid out here, called the Negovanka Route, after the river. Bridges were constructed along the route, as were stairs and other wooden structures to make the excursion easier and more pleasant. Without a doubt, the most enjoyable part of the canyon is the secluded waterfall Momin Skok (Girls’ Leap). The falls are 10 meters high and enclosed on three sides by cliffs, with a wide, quiet pool beneath them. The waterfall was named for a legend about three young Bulgarian women who chose to throw themselves off the falls rather than be captured by the Ottomans who were pursuing them.
The Emen Canyon reveals its full beauty in Spring, when the river is fullest and Nature is freshest and most benign. The green fields along the trail offer excellent opportunities for picnics, and the pool beneath Girl’s Leap Falls is a fine place to take a swim. 
Because the karst has been extensively eroded, there is a cave in the canyon that is one of Bulgaria’s deepest (3,113 meters), Emen Cave. It is likely that the cave was occupied as early as the Neolithic Age, and artifacts have been found from the Bronze Age, the early and later Iron Age, and at later times in Antiquity. During the socialist era, there were state-run farms in the cave that grew mushrooms, and later churns were set up to produce white cheese. There was also a military base in the cave that was later converted to a restaurant. These uses of the cave were all short-lived, but their traces are still visible. This is the only cave in the country equipped with an elevator shaft.

Costs:

400 lei/rider

We offer:

Accomodation at 3 stars pension double or triple room

1 Diner, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch on bike;

Guide

Technical assistance for bikes

Transport 8 persons bus

 

Optional:

Bike rental: 80 lei / day;

Not included lunch on Saturday in Veliko Tarnovo. 

Date: Coming soon!

Destination: Bucuresti

Category: Long tour

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