The following article aims to introduce and show you one of the advantages of Bulgaria, namely the wonderful Spa resorts which it has with. The Bulgarian Spa resorts are one of the best in Europe and if you’d like to get rid of the stress and have a relaxing holiday in the beautiful nature, you should definitely visit some of these amazing places. Some of the most popular Spa resorts in Bulgaria are Velingrad, Hissarya and Banya.
Velingrad– Velingrad is undoubtedly the most picturesque and most renowned of all of the Bulgarian spa resorts. It lies in the Rhodope Mountains in the beautiful Chepino Valley. Velingrad has a mild year round climate and a wealth of mineral waters, suitable for the treatment of respiratory diseases and rheumatism amongst others. There are also opportunities to ski in nearby Yundola. There are 70 mineral springs here, which vary in temperature. In addition to the spas, Velingrad boasts another impressive natural phenomenon, the Kleptuza, Bulgaria’s largest karst landscape, which is covered by eroded towers of limestone. The karst dispels 1,200 liters of ice-cold water per second.
Three months ago Velingrad was declared as the SPA capital of the Balkans. The prestigious award, which “shot off” the Rhodope town into the top ranking of the most attractive spa centers in Europe, was bestowed personally by the President of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association on 7th July. The international recognition of the picturesque mountain village is not just a coincidence. Before being officially named as „Тhe spa capital of the Balkans”, in 2005 Velingrad won his vocation to the spa capital of Bulgaria, thanks to the wonderful conditions for a healthy vacation in the folds of the Rhodopes. For a very short time Velingrad literally was transformed into a modern spa resort. But the town is not just about luxury hotels, pools with mineral water and different spa airs and graces. The mountain town is known for its unique folklore, with its delicious Rhodope cuisine offered anywhere in the local pubs, as well as the unspoiled nature of the Rhodopes.
Hissar– Hissar/ Hissarya is one of the largest spa resorts in the country, known for its clean and curative mineral waters and untouched nature. Green parks, historical sites, fresh air and relaxation in luxury spa hotel with modern equipment – this is an unforgettable holiday, which you cannot remain in mind forever.
Nestled in a tiny valley in the border of the Sredna Gora Mountain, this pretty town often referred to as just Hissar, is a popular destination not only for Bulgarians looking for peaceful surroundings and a healthy environment. This town is famed for its mineral spas of which there are over 20 and a strong history with pre-historic remains excavated in the town centre. Hissarya is prospering thanks to the growth in spa tourism. Its mineral springs are extremely pleasant with temperatures between 24 and 49 degrees C. They give out vast plumes of water at a rate of 40 liters per second. The environment around this area also helps; there is no industry whatsoever here and consequently no pollution. Treatment procedures are conducted in a number of diseases. In the new hotels are proposed procedures and spa for relaxation and pleasure – aromatherapy, thalasso therapy, phyto therapy, classical and eastern massages, music therapy and others. But one of the biggest attractions is the mineral water beach which is frequently attendant especially during the summer season.
Banya– The beautiful, picturesque town of Banya is nestled between Karlovo and Hissarya on the road to Plovdiv, in the central part of the Stryama Valley, surrounded in a semicircle by the Sashtinka Sredna Gora Mountain. The town’s mineral springs, rehabilitation and spa facilities are one of the best in central Bulgaria and are known as the Karlovo Mineral Baths. The facilities afford the health enthusiast a year round climate and opportunity to treat joint, neurological and gynecological disorders. There are numerous baths, swimming pools, sports and rehabilitation centers that offer inexpensive yet effective methods to improve your health and well being. The mineral water varies in temperature, depending on the facility you choose and offers something for everyone. The range of the water is from 35-54 degrees C and can be found in spas, pools and bath facilities throughout the town. There’s also a unique mud bath facility that offers treatment for various diseases. The resort’s rehabilitation clinic and sanatorium plus great outdoor beaches and mineral water guarantee a great time and a healthier you. In addition to the tremendous spas and outdoor pools, there’s a sports complex, several nice hotels and numerous historical sites and points of interest close by for day trips, including the largest Thracian tomb ever discovered in Southeastern Europe at Starosel.
The word SPA is an acronym of various Latin phrases such as „sanitas per aquas“ meaning „health through water“, or „Solus per Aqua” meaning “water in itself „. Today SPA in Bulgaria means strength and beauty through the magic of the Bulgarian thermal water springs. So…. Relax! Meditation! Massage! Special Therapies! Rehabilitation! Mineral Springs! How much do you need all that – in the hurried daily round and rhythm! Healthy and full of energy…close to nature, close to your real self…feel the spa magic now and visit the richest spa land in Europe – natural and virgin Bulgaria!