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Venets Municipality Shumen Province

Venets Municipality is in Shumen Province, northeastern Bulgaria.

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History of Venets Municipality

The Venets region has a long history of habitation

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berkovitsa clocktower

Geography of Venets Municipality

Berkovitsa Municipality covers an area of 464 sq km. It is the southernmost municipality of Montana Province. It lies on the northern slopes of the western Balkan mountains, with hilly terrain broken up by streams flowing through its territory. The area is rich in wildlife and vegetation, with blueberries and raspberries filling the stomachs of many a wanderer during long summer afternoons.

There are 20 villages and towns in the municipality with a total population of about 18,000 people. Almost 75% of the population, over 13,000 people, reside in the town of Berkovitsa. Barziya, population 1400, and Zamfirovo, population 1200, are the only other villages of any size. None of the rest rises above 300 souls. They include Balyuvitsa, Bistrilitsa, Bokilovtsi, Borovtsi, Chereshovitsa, Gaganitsa, Komarevo, Kostentsi, Kotenovtsi, Leskovets, Mezdreya, Parlichevo, Pesochnitsa, Rashovitsa, Slatina, Tsvetkova Bara, and Yagodovo.

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Economy of Venets Municipality

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Tourism in Venets Municipality

Berkovitsa offers tremendous opportunities to escape city crowds and wander amidst the great outdoors of the western Balkan mountains. The famous Bulgarian author Ivan Vazov said it best:

Such wonderful nature here! What beauty in this unknown little paradise.

Berkovitsa town is a good starting point for excursions into the mountains and valleys of the municipality. There are over a dozen different marked trails leading to places of interest in the area. Some of the more popular destinations are:

  • Kom Peak At 2016 m (6614 ft), the highest point in the region. 90 minute walk from Kom Hut. Panoramic views from the starting point of the Kom to Emine trek (European E-3 long distance trail.)
  • Zdravchenitsa Peak Hike up to the summit at 1176 m (3858 ft). Trails from Berkovitsa town and Chereshovitsa.
  • Haiydushki Waterfalls Hike beside streams and cascades to reach the waterfalls.
  • Klisura Monastery A working monastery founded in the 13th century.
  • Siniya Vir The Blue Pool. A favorite local spot for trout fishing.
  • Ashiklar Mountain meadows for walking and picnics. Close to Berkovitsa town.
  • Kaleto Nature Park For outdoor excursions. Roman fortress ruins found on the hill.

Museums in Venets Municipality

Berkovitsa Ethnographic Museum

Ivan Vazov House Museum

Klisurski Monastery Museum

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Kom Peak

Famous People from Venets Municipality

Timo Angelov Revolutionary

Georgi Bliznakov Chemist

Donyo Donev Animator

Pavlina Filipova Athlete

Valentin Naydenov Ivanov Athlete

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Famous people from Berkovitsa Municipality
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