Balvan is a village in Northern Bulgaria and it is part of Veliko Tarnovo municipality, Veliko Tarnovo region.
Balvan is a picturesque village, situated in the Fore-Balkan, near the Bohot River and the highway Sofia-Varna, 17 km shortly before the town of Veliko Tarnovo. There are also second-class roads for Dryanovo and Pavlikeni.
It is 204km far from Sofia and 241km from Varna.
Its altitude is 308m.
The population is about 600.
It offers good conditions for vine-growing, sheep and goat breeding.
The village is well developed, it is electrified and water supplied, all mobile operators have network coverage. Streets are paved and are regularly cleaned. There are: a primary school, a nursery, a library club, village-hall, a home for the elderly, a home for children, a shop and a restaurant.
In 1944 near the villages of Krushevo and Balvan there was a warfare between Gabrovo-Sevlievo guerrilla squad and the government troops. In the history the battle is called Balvanska bitka and in memory of those who died, in the village is raised a monument of the same name.
Only 5 km away is village of Emen with the beautiful Emen waterfall.
Just 10 minutes drive is to Veliko Tarnovo, a city with long history and the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. The city has many monuments and architectural attractions, it is visited by tourists from all around the world. At the same time is a modern art center with exceptional communication skills.