A special feature of the river are the many gorges it forms by crossing the Fore-Balkan area, the largest one being close to Veliko Tarnovo, 7 km (4 mi) in length, albeit actually twice as long due to the river's many turns.
Major cities on the river are Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Polski Trambesh, and Byala, close to which is the famous bridge Belenski most over the Yantra.
The River Yantra is 285 km long which makes it the third longest river in Bulgaria. Yantra has its source from Hadzi Dimitar peak in Stara Planina Mountains.
The river is very rich in fish resources. Among the rich diversity of fish species, the most common are mullet, Nase, barbel, carp, perch, bleak, bream and rudd.