Sofia's "Vasil Levski Stadium" is Bulgaria's largest sporting arena and home to the Bulgarian National football team as well as being host to many other National sporting events.
Here in Karlovo the local stadium is, unsurprisingly, also known as the "Vasil Levski Stadium". It may not be as grandoise as its Sofia counterpart but it does have a much more spectacular location.
This is located heading out of town on the main road to the east and perhaps should be included in the "Levski Heritage Trail" ;)
Rose oil has been one of the Karlovo region's main livelihoods for well over 150 years. It seems that the valley has ideal growing conditions to maximise the yields. Even in winter there's still cultivation in greenhouses and polytunnels and as the bus travels through you'll still get a hint of the aromas and so I can imagine it would be pretty heady in the summer.
The annual Rose Festival is held on the weekend around the 18th July (coincidentally the date of Levski's birth) and by all accounts is well worth visiting especially for the Kolkeri rituals which are unique to the area.
Here's a good site for a history of Bularian rose oil production (along with some botany, techie stuff and a few ads) - Roses
Favorite thing: When I first noticed this statue in Karlovo's 20th July Square I assumed it was a tribute to the heroes of Bulgaria's Nationalist Liberation Movement. Not so. The curator at the town's History Museum informs me that it is just "Komunista Propoganda". Perhaps this is why I can't find out any further information about it but it is a fine peice of sculpture nevertheless.
Well,... The Centre is situated on the north of the town - the Train and Bus stations are on the other side - on the south. In order to find it ask for the Karlovo main square and then - for Karlovo waterfall. The building is almost the last one the left of 'Vodopad' street when walking north (to the Mountain).
Fondest memory: This is the Municipal Tourist and Nature information centre.