Velingrad – a brief introduction

Velingrad is a picturesque town located in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria.

It is known as the SPA capital of the Balkans. And thus is a popular destination for tourists seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. The town is situated at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level. What’s more its location provides excellent conditions for hiking and outdoor activities. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Location

Velingrad is located in the western part of the Rhodope Mountain. Since it is located in a valley, it is surrounded by mountain. The weather here is calm. The winter is calm and the summer is not so hot. Velingrad is also one of the sunniest towns in Bulgaria.

Sightseeings in Velingrad

In this blogpost you can learn more about places to visit.

Velingrad’s thermal springs with mineral water

Velingrad is renowned for its thermal mineral springs. In fact it is best known for its mineral-rich thermal waters that have been used for centuries for their healing properties.

The town is situated at an altitude of 760 meters above sea level and is surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, making it an ideal destination for those seeking fresh air and a tranquil atmosphere.

There are nearly 80 hot springs in the area, all of which are even used for different medical procedures. What is more interesting is the chemical diversity among the springs. Almost every region has a tremendous difference in its chemical qualities. The water is naturally heated by geothermal activity underground and is said to help alleviate various ailments such as arthritis, skin conditions, and respiratory issues.

Hotels in Velingrad

Velingrad boasts many modern and luxurious spa hotels. This is where visitors can indulge in various treatments, including hot stone massages, mud baths, and hydrotherapy.

The town also has numerous parks and gardens, providing a pleasant environment for a leisurely stroll.

History

Aside from its spa attractions, Velingrad offers a rich history and culture. The town is home to several notable landmarks, including the Kleptuza Karst Spring, which is one of the biggest karst spring in the country. And the Old Historical Museum, which is the keeper of all the tracian, roman, Otoman and Bulgarian history of Velingrad’s land.

The town is named after a young girl by the name of Vela Peeva, who gave her life in the name of freedom.

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The monument of Vela Peeva, near hotel Maxi Gergevana is a lovely place for a walk and rest, in the forest, near Velingrad

Outdoor activities around Velingrad

The surrounding area also offers a range of outdoor activities. The include hiking trails through the mountains, cycling routes, and horseback riding. The stunning natural landscapes provide a perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures and offer visitors a chance to connect with nature.

The town is accessible by car from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Or by train from various cities across the country. It is also conveniently located close to many other popular tourist destinations in Bulgaria. Such as Plovdiv, Bansko, and the Rila Monastery.

In summary, Velingrad is a hidden gem in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, offering a perfect combination of natural beauty, culture, and wellness.

The town of Velingrad is a must-visit in Bulgaria. Also anyone looking to unwind and recharge in a serene, idyllic environment while experiencing the best of Bulgarian hospitality and traditions.

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