Sofia, the country's capital, is situated 150 miles (241 kilometers) southwest of Ivanovo.
While you are in Ivanovo, do spend some time at the Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo.
The area around Ivanovo is wonderfully endowed with natural and cultural attractions, from big-ticket tourist hotspots to hidden gems that still await discovery. Byala, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the northeast, and Svishtov, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east of Ivanovo are also waiting to be discovered.
When the weather's great, why not hit the road and check out Bulgaria's street art?. Experience the region's rich cultural fabric at Bulgaria's great history museums.
Pack your own equipment or rent it locally, and get out onto the water. Canoeing is a good activity to try. Another is swimming. Why not relax and enjoy during gentle pastimes such as bird watching or sunbathing. Both are popular with both travelers and locals alike.
An enjoyable way to discover the true personality of a place is by exploring the restaurants in the area. Try something off the menu and strike up a conversation with locals. You'll discover that kiselo mlyako (yoghurt) and kashkaval (yellow cheese) are often-used elements in local foods. Don't end your stay in the area without checking out shkembe chorba (tripe soup) and tarator (cold soup). After the main course dishes are cleared away order the delicious mliako s oriz (rice pudding). You'll notice locals and tourists alike relaxing over a glass or two of zagorka; it's one of the most typical beers in Bulgaria. To finish your experience, try a mineral water. It is a common non-alcoholic drink in this region.
When it's time to leave this special place, bid a fond Doviždane (farewell) to the new friends you've made and the locations you've been.