Palamartsa village is located on a level ridge between the foothills of the Popovski Heights that branch from the eastern part of Stara Planina. In the middle of our village is a tributary of the river Cherni Lom. It is about 7km from the lovely town of Popovo. The name of Palamartsa first appeared in written form in the 16th Century Ottoman Register but the history of the area goes back much further.
Ancient Bulgaria - Thrace, Greece & Rome
In our area there are many ancient monuments of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods, ancient settlements, burial mounds and more. The oldest gravestones found in the old cemetery have interesting relief decorations and have been declared a cultural monument of Bulgaria. In the centre of the village is a monument with the names of 77 fallen heroes of the wars for national unification.
The Thracians, lived here in the first millennium BC, and many archaeological sites date back to that period as well as to the later Greek and Roman eras. These include the superb Roman fortress of Kovachevsko Kale which is located 6 km west of the town of Popovo.
Today, Palamartsa is home for around 600 villagers who are justifiably proud of their land and homes.
The land is extremely fertile and the village streets are lined with various fruit and nut trees including peach, mulberry, walnut, hazelnut, cherry, apple, pear, nectarine, quince, apricot, and plum.
Every day you will see geese, chickens, ducks, cows, sheep and goats roaming around the streets, they all know where their homes are and take themselves to bed at night!
The village is also well known for its amazing honey, and because of the abundance of flowers and blossoms each year from the gardens meadows and trees, every season brings a new and tasty flavour.
Did You Know?
The original bacteria for Yoghurt (Kiselo mliako) which is said to have curative properties was originally found in the oak forest that backs onto the village, these spread back over 20 kilometres so it is a very special location for yoghurt bacteria hunters!
Bulgarian Village Life
Traditional life continues in Palamartsa - the community know and help each other. Small-scale farming techniques that have been practiced for generations are still used and passed from father to son and from mother to daughter. Typically, houses have land and outbuildings for their animals. The "Good Life" is here!
Performing at various village festivals throughout the year, Palamartsa is famous for its Bulgarian traditional music band, Balkan dancing group and Bulgarian choir made up of women from the village.