The capital of the Veliko Tarnovo region is the city of the same name. Veliko Tarnovo (town), the capital of Medieval Bulgaria, is also known as "the City of the Tsars". The city is the economic, administrative, educational, and cultural center of Northern Bulgaria.
The city is located on three hills - Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora, intersected by the Yantra River. On top of the Tsarevets hill lays a medieval stronghold of the same name, home to the former seat of the Bulgarian patriarch - the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of God.
The village of Arbanassi is a major tourist attraction of the region. Dating back to the 13th century, it abounds with historic monuments, churches from 17th and 18th century, and numerous examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture.
The region is an important producer of electronics, wine, sugar and plastic products.