Samovodene is a village in Veliko Tarnovo municipality, Veliko Tarnovo region.
The village is one of the largest in the municipality. It benefits with well-developed infrastructure, a school, kindergarten, community center, church, several shops, a health service with a general practitioner and dentist, railway station.
There are regular railway and bus to Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Ruse, as well as neighboring villages.
Agriculture expressed in growing sugar beet, vegetables and livestock are the main means of livelihood for the population. There are also several major producers of honey.
The village has no hotels and family houses to accommodate guests in Samovodene. But the regional town of Veliko Turnovo offers wonderful opportunities for recreation and relaxation. The proximity of the Yantra River and River Rakovets, provides good conditions for development of fishing tourism.
Tourists can visit the following sites:
The Church of Samovodene "Saint Irene", whose feast is celebrated every year on May 5.
Ethnographic Museum "Maslyankovi & Sons" which is situated the village, with over 800 exhibits representing the Bulgarian national revival culture. The museum is open all year round.
In the land of Samovodene a settlement was found, dated from 6000 BC. Here were found unique pottery and religious complex was studied.
About 4 km away is one of the most famous monasteries in the country-Transfiguration Monastery. It can be reached by car on highway and walk a path starting from Samovodene.
Arbanassi is a village located 12 km south of the hamlet. With its monumental National Revival architecture of 16-17 centuries the houses and churches and its natural Arbanassi is a paradise for tourists.
Old capital Veliko Tarnovo is a cultural, historical and tourist center with rich history.
Sources: bg.guide-bulgaria.com, bg.wikipedia.org