The Manchester of Bulgaria

Gabrovo province is located in the center of the country. Its administrative center, the city of Gabrovo, is known for leather and textile products, and is often referred to as the "Manchester of Bulgaria".


The city of Gabrovo is the host of the Festival of Humor and Satire, which takes place every year in May. During the rest of the year, the House of Humor and Satire serves as a theatre, museum and gallery.


Etara is an ethnographic open air museum depicting a way of life during the Bulgarian National Revival. The complex consists of 50 objects and covers an area of 7 ha. Not far from Etara, lays Bozhentsi, an authentic Bulgaria National Revival village and reserve, under the protection of UNESCO.


The dominant economic sectors of the region are agriculture, livestock breeding, and industry.