Kotel is located in eastern Bulgaria 49 km northeast of Sliven. Unique scenery and fresh mountain air in this picturesque town are combined with a rich past and good conditions for tourism, providing an interesting and memorable stay in the city.
In the city is located Pantheon G.Rakovsky, Museum of Renaissance and Natural History Museum, which is part of a hundred tourist site of Bulgarian Tourist Union.
Here is the National School of Folk Arts "Philip Koutev" - the only of its kind in Europe. It was the first secondary school for Bulgarian folk songs and instrumental music. There is hardly a Bulgarian who has not heard of the famous Kotel carpets. Galatensko former school has preserved beautiful pieces created by skillful hands and women with great taste.
In Kotel mountains are very unique of their kind natural attractions - caves, strange rock formations, waterfalls. Reserve "Orlitsa" includes ancient forest of Moesian, the rocks "Orlitsa" are nesting the Golden Eagle, and reserve - "Kersenlika" encompasses only natural ancient forest of fir in the Eastern Balkan Mountains.
Zheravna is located 14km away from Kotel, 110 km from Bourgas, 190 km from Varna and 330 km from Sofia. Every year, the town is visited by around 20,000 visitors, more than half of whom are foreigners. Medven is a picturesque village 13 km away from Kotel that preserved its authentic Renaissance look. Many houses were built 150 years ago, today declared monuments of culture. Settlements offer opportunities for recreation and tourism, and have created conditions for horse riding.
Because of its rich biodiversity, the region of Kotel is considered a good destination for photographers. With an average altitude of 800 meters and under the guidance of experienced drivers, hunters can capture common animal species of red deer, roe deer, wild boar, wolf and fox, various trees and plants.