You can't imagine-the time stopped there hundreds of years ago. This was my first thought when I first visited this place. Narrow and paved streets, old houses and museums, houses of interesting and famous people from the past. You can walk there without needing a car never in your life. People are very good and polite, they'll always help you to find the right destination and answer all your questions. This is a town of a history-each building you see is connected with the past. There are 140 cultural monuments, museums, expositions.
It is so quiet and calm place with such nice people! The small hotels give you opportunity to feel them like your home and wish to stay there to the end of your life.
The crafts street:
When I said the time stopped there, I was not joking with you. People there have different crafts and they work it for years. Maybe their grandparents did the same and earned money the same way they do it now. The street of the crafts proves it-you can see different goods and things, souvenirs, wooden things and sweets.
Museums and historical houses are very beautiful and interesting, you can learn some facts from the history.
Tryavna is one of the one hundred tourist destinations of Bulgaria. It is famous with the Renaissance architecture and the Tryavna icon-painting school. It is also famous with the clock tower, built in 1814.
You can always find a cheap and nice hotel there. The food is very good and you can taste some traditional meals.
The crafts street in Tryavna is famous with the little workshops. People there make wooden things, dishes, different things you can need in your kitchen, souvenirs etc. There are also a lot of little shops for clothes and underwear. The factories in the town produce all these clothes, underwear and towels, this is a part of people's trade there.
So, just look and buy! :)
All the buildings are in the typical Bulgarian old-style architecture. Even new houses are designed the same way, so they look as old ones. You can just walk and look at the houses and buildings, churches and museums.
Coffee drinking is very much a National institution in Bulgaria and no less so here in Tryavna with its profusion of little cafes and of course coffee machines. With four inches of snow and the temperature below zero the cafes were doing a roaring trade and at 11 am I was lucky to get the only spare seat going in this one.
This is a friendly little cafe with a buzzy (and smokey) atmosphere and is a fine example of the local architecture and woodcraft. Its no museum piece though and at 70 stotinki for an excellent espresso definitely a local's favourite.
Situated in the wooded foothills of the Balkans Tryavna makes an ideal base for getting out and about by foot or bike. There are marked trails of varying difficulties all around the town and maps can be obtained from the tourist office. There's also a couple of maps displayed around town to you an idea of what's available.
A snowy February day didn't give me a chance to do much of either but the short path leading from the town centre up to the hotels overlooking the town gave me a bit of a taste and a great overview.
There is a bike hire place in town and several of the hotels and guest houses also offer rentals.
This is sort of off-the-tourist-beaten-path but ideally located for a quick beer if you're early for your train. Situated on the ground floor of a Socialist-era apartment block this is a proper neighbourhood cafe on the main road leading to the station. I only dropped in for a beer but got a warm welcome from the friendly serving woman who ushered me to sit and that she's bring my beer over.
The beer was a mere 1.50 leva and having a quick look at the simple, but inexpensive, menu I got the impression that this is probably a popular local's lunch haunt and even mid-afternoon had a pleasant relaxed atmosphere.
Tryavna is a nice village to walk around in. I was only able to spend a short while here, but did tour a home with impressive carved wood ceilings. Lots of woodworking shops, antiques, and various artisan shops in the old town.
Well Tryavna is one of those little gemtowns not too far from Sofia.
Travel to Gabrovo (regular busses at 13 lv (6.6 Euro) and then take a short minibustrip (2lv, 1euro) to this friendly town with intresting old houses, cozy centre.
read my tip about accomodation, you will be surprised.
visit these old houses (if bike rental is offered, do it: perfect transportation between these houses)
assistance needed: very affordable and friendly help from tchar agency www.tchar.hit.bg
Walk around the old town and enjoy the handmade craft stores
Go to the arch bridge and along ulitsa PR Slaveikov, which the lonely planet claims as one of the most beautiful in bulgaria, i wouldnt go that far but it is nice
Also St Georgi church is nice