Bulgarian SPA Resorts
Bulgaria is one of the main SPA destinations in Europe because of the abundance of mineral springs located throughout its territory. The number of the springs is more than 600, with different compositions, temperatures, mineralization and microorganisms of the mineral water.
The Ancient Thracians have built some of the oldest settlements around thermal springs. They were first to discover the curative quality of the water and had settled their cities nearby.
Most of these towns and villages have become some of the best SPA resorts nowadays.
What is typical for Bulgarian SPA resorts?
Most of the SPA resorts today overlap the territories of the ancient Thracian and Roman baths. By the richness and diversity of thermal waters, the country ranks second in Europe. So far, more than 80% of the mineral springs have healing properties, and the water temperature varies between 20 °C and 101 °C. Much of the mineral water springs come from great depths, which ensures their crystal purity. The location of the relaxing holiday resorts is as at the seaside as in the mountains.
Strengthening the immune system, cleanse and detoxify are among the most common curative characteristics of the springs. The recreation spots form five main segments because of their healing focus:
- Musculoskeletal system – Devin, Pomorie, Sapareva Banya, Banya (Plovdiv);
- Respiratory system – Velingrad, Sandanski, Narechenski Bani, Golden Sands;
- Cardiovascular system – Velingrad, Vurshets, Bankia, St. Constantine and Helena;
- Reproductive system – Kustendil, Pomorie, Hissarya, Voneshta voda;
- Nervous system – Banya (Bansko), Dobrinishte, Shipkovo, Chiflik.
All relaxing resorts have a highly qualified medical staff.
A wide variety of relaxing procedures has in SPA resorts:
- Mud therapy;
Bulgaria is one of the first places worldwide in a diversity of herbs with excellent curative properties. This wealth of natural factors, combined with modern SPA centres with pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, creates opportunities for the year-round function of the SPA resorts. Bulgarian wine has global popularity. Beyond the tastings, various SPA procedures include some of its ingredients, for example, baths with wine extracts and massages with grape seed oil.
How to choose a SPA resort?
The purposes, type of treatments, initial condition are some of the main criteria for SPA holiday choice. The relaxing holidays can be just a leisure or wellness break or a curative process with specific therapies. The base of the choice can be either a combination of mineral water and pure fresh air or a healing spring and coastal location. Exploring the nature around the SPA resorts, filled with many natural phenomena, can make the rest even more complete.
Each SPA resort around the country has its atmosphere and advantages:
The resort has the fame of Balkan SPA Capital. The waters possess differing temperatures, mineralization with radon, silicic acid and fluorine, suitable for many diseases.
Even the ancient Romans knew well the curative properties of springs here. The water is light, clear, colourless and tasty, effective for treatments of the urinary system, renal and gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the pancreas, the gall-bladder and gall tract.
There are over 80 springs perfect for outdoor swimming all year-round, with a strong healing effect on many diseases. The area is known for its low humidity and high average temperature that have beneficial effects on the respiratory system.
The town’s area has more than 15 mineral springs. The water is proper for therapies for kidney and urological, endocrine diseases or cardiovascular, endocrine-metabolic problems. The forests and the mountains are some of the most important natural resources of the region. The climate is mild and mountainous, the air – crystal clear.
The resort settles at the Black Sea coast and Pomorie lake simultaneously. The lake is a source of high-quality healing mud – amongst the best in the world. The clay’s characteristics positively help with cardiovascular and gynaecological problems, surgical and traumatic conditions, etc.
Bulgaria offers a variety of possibilities for spending a good holiday with pleasant impressions. Here is practical information for a satisfying stay in the East-European country.
Visa conditions are subject to frequent change as far as terms, costs and visa requirements with each specific country are concerned, so the prospective visitors should first check the bilateral agreements between their residence and Bulgaria. Foreign citizens may enter the country only if they possess a valid document for travelling abroad.
Local Time Zone
GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
The standard is the same as in EU – 220 V AC, 50Hz. Plugs are 2-pin.
National Currency and exchange
The Bulgarian Lev (BGN) is the local currency, fixed to the Euro (1 Euro = 1,9558 BGN). All bank institutions have currency exchange services mainly during the week as change bureaus, most open during the weekend.
Major international credit cards are valid in larger hotels, restaurants and shops, mainly in Sofia and the large resorts.
Medical services and insurance
Obligatory vaccination for tourists coming to Bulgaria is not necessary. Each tourist should have medical insurance made in the residential country.
State establishments and institutes work between 09 AM – 5.30 PM during the week. The working hours of the banks are 09 AM – 4 PM between Monday and Friday. Some of their branches (located in the shopping centres) are open also at weekends and with longer working time. Usually, shops work between Mon-Fri: 09.00/10.00 AM – 7.00/8.00 PM.
Saturday and Sunday. Most shops are open during the weekend. Food stores – 09.00 AM – 8.00/10.00 AM. There are also non-stop shops.
The mobile network covers the entire territory of the country.
There are four main international airports – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Bourgas.
The main routes in Bulgaria are part of the International E-road network. The entries by car are through Greece and Romania (as a united EU territory) or through Serbia, North Macedonia and Turkey (outside the EU). Foreign drivers should have a valid driving license for the European Union and legitimate insurance.
Water in Bulgaria is drinkable, particularly in the mountain regions. Factory-bottled mineral water is available almost everywhere. Mostly non-gas.
Boiana-MG Travel company is available to assist with the choice of SPA resort, accommodation standards and procedures, and to suggest various ideas for attractions on the spot and extra services.