If you go to Shumen you have to see the big memorial "1300 years Bulgaria". It is made for the 1300th anniversary of existing of Bulgaria. In the memorial there are represented moments of the Bulgarian history. On the top of the memorial there is depicted a lion head. The memorial is placed on a plateau with the name Ilchov Bair. In it's foot there is Sumen. You can easy see the memorial from the city and therefor it gives it charm. At night the memorial is lighted up with the colors of the Bulgarian flag. The city and the memorial are connected with 1300 stairs and a road. Here is the official site of the memorial: 
One of the attractions in the city is the sport paragliding. You can see in the pictures in the following site what is paragliding in Sumen : 
If you don't like hotels there are many lodgings in the city.
- Madara — Lying 15 km east of Shumen, Madara is home to the Madara Rider (or Madara Horseman, Bulgarian: Мадарски конник), a large rock relief depicting a horseman carved on a cliff, which likely dates back to 710 CE, and is in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- Also nearby are Thracian tombs and the two of the ancient capitals of the Bulgarian Kingdoms, Pliska and Preslav.
- Southwest of Shumen close to Kotel, there is a nice village, Medven, with old wooden houses, a nice little waterfall, and a good restaurant and hotel (30 leva for a double room).