History of Thermal Waters and Balneology in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is situated at the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula and is an heir of ancient civilizations. There are extremely good bio-climatic resources which combined with the existing ancient Mediterranean traditions in thermal water use, provide an have been based for the balneological development in the country.

Bulgaria has a variety of mineral waters with temperatures up to 100ºC. On places of old Thracian or Roman residential areas there are a number of big SPA resorts, like: Sandanski, Banya, Dobrinishte, Ognyanovo, Kjustendil, Hisarja, Velingrad, Sapareva banja, etc.

The most active development of Bulgarian's SPA system is in the time period of 1970-1980. Until 1990 about 40 resorts of local and national significance were actively operating in Bulgaria. In these spas a wide range of diseases are treated using scientific methods and programs, confirmed by a long-term professional experience.

The Bulgarian SPAs are under the Ministry of Health governance and their sponsoring, management and exploitation is going to be done according to the new laws and regulations in the country. Up until the 1980 thermal waters was only partially used for health and recreational bathing, washing, swimming pools, greenhouses, bottling of potable water and soft drinks production, derivatives, etc. Most of the geothermal stations have been build on reservoirs of low temperature (40ºC-60ºC) which are prevailing the country.

The wide variety and the high quality pure mineral waters in Bulgaria combined with the extremely favorable natural and climatic conditions as well as the good SPA base plus mineral water healing traditions justify long term investment policy for development and improvement of the existing resorts. In parallel to that, there are permitting conditions to carry on small local centers in the spirit of today’s tendencies in the so called “countryside tourism” and traditional healing as well as to widely use the renewable energy sources in our every day life.


Balneological Resort Ognyanovo

Indications for Treatment and Prophylactic

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Outdoor Drinking

• Cardiovascular diseases • Urological • Metabolism • Digestive systems • Endocrine


Medical Treatment

• Disorders of the locomotor system • Respiratory • Nervous • Gynecological


Occupational & Inflamation

• Bone-joint diseases • Neurological diseases • Gynecological diseases • Digestive troubles and affection of the lung • Decease of the secretory system • Children’s & Adults’ diseases


Prevention & Rehabilitation

• Improve Circulation • Treat Skin Infections • Reduce Stress • Detoxify • Boost Immune System • Relieves Pain Naturally

Best Hotels


Hotel complex "DELTA" has its own mineral spring water which is used for healing purposes during the Roman time. Ognyanovo mineral water is about 35 degrees, clear, colorless, slightly mineralized and low total hardness. The main pool has a size 25/10 and is suitable for use throughout the year.


Set within the scenic parkland of Ognyanovo, Twin House Ognyanovo offers comfortable accommodation and a full range of facilities, including a playground.There are 10 rooms at the guest house, each offering all the essentials to ensure a comfortable stay. 


 Hotel "Elegance Spa" is a wonderful place for your holiday where the comfort and elegant style are complemented by excellent service. "Elegance Spa" offers single, double and triple rooms, each with a private balcony offering panoramic views of the mountains and a near by rowing base.

What Ognyanovo Offers




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Ognyanovo is located at 550 meters above sea level at the foot of the most attractive Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains and close to Pirin National Park. The area is famous for its many thermal springs with aroma of natural acacia plants and the local air currents along the river invites. The climate is softened by the Mediterranean The famous Ognyanovski mineral baths are situated in close proximity to the village of Ognyanovo (12 km north east from the town of Gotse Delchev). The mineral springs were used even in the antique Roman age (Nikopolis ad Nestum); some balneology facilities from that time have been preserved. The climate is trans-continental, melded by the Mediterranean influence. The water has the temperature of 43є C and the flow capacity of 70 l/sec, slightly mineralized, slightly fluoride. It is suitable for the treatment and rehabilitation of the locomotive system, the peripheral nervous system, some gynaecological and urological diseases.`


Balneological Resort Banya

Indications for Medical Treatment and Prevention

Excellent for Drinking and Bath


Prevention and Treatment

gastrointestinal diseases, diseases of the liver, gall bladder, kidney


Treatment Old Injuries

dislocations, bruises, rheumatism, sciatica, lumbago, disc disease, spinal inflammation, fractures


Inflammatory and Chronic Diseases

nervous system, liver, stomach, respiratory tract, gynecological, chronic non-specific dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, kidney stones and urological, poisoning with certain heavy metals


In Internal Use

reinforce the reduced secretion of gastric juice and increase its acidity, normal functioning of the cardiovascular system, improve body functions of dental and bone substance, strength of the teeth and bones, preventing the processes of decomposition of toxic substances

Best Hotels in Banya


HOT SPRINGS MEDICAL & SPA HOTEL is a place where the guests can enjoy active recreation, excellent medical and wellness services, pampering treatments, supreme local dishes entirely made of natural products, peaceful rest in the heart of Pirin, or cultural monuments, historical and spiritual sites. 


Situated in Bania, Spa Hotel Aspa Vila is an easy drive from Razlog and provides a sauna, an outdoor pool and free wireless internet access in all areas. It also features a gym, a Jacuzzi and a mineral bath. There are a variety of amenities at the hotel, including massage services, bicycle rental and a day spa.


Thermal SPA Hotel Roman Bath gives the guests comfort, warmth and relaxation, to create a friendly atmosphere. Hotel works both with groups and individuals, adults and children, or even with sports teams looking for a place to train. Hotel parking will shelter guests’ cars for free.

What Banya Offers




Eco routes

The village of Banya is situated 6 km from Bansko and 5 km from Razlog. There are more than 25 mineral springs with temperatures varying in the range of 28є C to 58є C. There is also a balneological health center. The water is clean, scentless and without a precipitate, good for drinking. The mineral springs in the site are the reason this region to be settled very early. The first inhabitants are the Thracians, which is proved by the remains of their culture around the old bath and outside the village dated back about IV century BC. In II century BC the region was conquered by Philip II, the king of the Macedonian tribes. A temple of Apollo (as a god of health) was built then in the village. During the III century BC in the region came Celts, and remained to live together with the Thracians. With the expansion of the Roman Empire during the I century BC the valley of Rila, Pirin and Rhodopes was joined to it. Traditional Rome thermals that can be seen even today, were built in the village. There are several archeological sites in the village and its surroundings because of Banya’s long history. The old Roman thermals, which are about to be renovated, and “St. George” church are announced monuments of culture. The tradition of local crafts as iconography, wood-carving, loom and embroidery is still alive. Banya is currently undergoing massive development into a spa and wellness resort with plenty of new hotels, restaurants. The village is perfect for winter and for summer tourism, too.


Balneological Resort Dobrinishte

Indications for Medical Treatment and Prophylactic

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Chronic diseases of the joints, bones, muscles and tendons

• Chronic rheumatic fever /rheumatic arthritis/ • Chronic muscular rheumatism • Diseases of the intervertebral joints • Non-inflammatory joint disease /osteoarthritis/ • Consequences of bone fractures and injuries • Consequences of injury to the muscles • Difficult mobility and limitation of joint movement • Inflammation of the articular sacs /bursitis/ • Inflammation of the tendon sheaths


Diseases of the Peripheral Nervous System

• Neuralgia • Sciatica • Lumbago • Sciatica • Plexitis


Chronic Diseases of the Kidney and Urinary System

• Chronic inflammation of the kidney /nephritis, pyelitis/ • chronic inflammation of the bladder /cystitis/ • Sands kidney /nephrolithiasis/


Chronic Diseases of the Female Genital Organs

• Chronic inflammation of the ovaries • Chronic inflammation of the uterus • Failure and disorder in the functions of the ovaries


Chronic Diseases of the Liver and Biliary Tract

• Chronic hepatitis • Consequences of hepatitis • Inflammation of the gallbladder • Sand in the gallbladder /gallstones/


Infertility - Chronic Skin Condition

• Professional eczema • Chronic eczema • Psoriatic • Itchy skin diseases


Chronic Diseases of the Stomach and the Intestines

• Chronic gastritis • Chronic colitis • Gastric and duodenal bleeding • Chronic constipation

Best Hotels in Dobrinishte


Ruskovets Resort has 55 well-appointed apartments that are accompanied by a range of essential facilities to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay.  The property enjoys an ideal location, allowing guests easy access to a range of tourist attractions. Guests are able to visit Bansko and Razlog, situated a short drive away from the property.


There are a range of facilities available to those staying at Hotel Orbel Spa Dobrinishte, such as a playground, a beauty centre and massage services. There are a wide variety of adventurous activities, including fishing, horse riding and hiking, meaning all family members will have an entertaining stay. 


The guest house has 3 rooms, all of which are equipped with a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Individual bathrooms have a shower. Those staying at Guesthouse Damyanova Kushta can sit down to a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant, ideally based for those who want to stay close by when looking to sit down to a meal. 

What Dobrinishte Offers

Tourist attractions



Cycle & Eco routes

Dobrinishte is a synonym of alpine nature, mineral waters and a typical atmosphere of a Bulgarian village. This unique combination turns the rich in history village in an exclusively perspective mountain resort. The village is situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountain in the south- eastern part of the Razlog valley on 810 meters above the sea level. Dobrinishte is a starting position for “Gotce Delchev” and “Bezbog” chalets. These two chalets provide great conditions for mountain tourism and ski- sport, alpine disciplines. Double seat lift connects the two chalets. The longest ski piste in Bulgaria is situated nearby. Dobrinishte is appropriate for balneotherapy, tracking, alpinism and ski. The name of the village comes from “The good things”, which God gave to the people- the warm mineral springs, the forests and waters of Pirin. The village is known to exist ever since the Stone Age. A lot of Thracian and Roman pottery was found in the area, as well as coins from Neron emperor (I century before Christ). The swimming pool with mineral water known as “roman bath” is situated on the Dobrinishka river, where all the other mineral springs are situated. After the building of the lift that connects the village with Bezbog chalet it becomes the second important ski center in Pirin. Dobrinishte offers good conditions for advanced as well as for beginner skiers. The total length of the ski pistes in the region is 7 kilometers. “Bezbog” chalet- “Tuzlata”- “Gotce Delchev” (one of the longest pistes in Bulgaria)- 4700- 5600 meters long, displacement 700 meters with 2250 meters highest point and 1550 meters, average inclination 22%. The two final points are connected with a double seated lift with a capacity of 500 persons per hour and a middle station. There is also a ski- cloak room, ski- school for children- beginners and advanced in the region. Park zone “Bezbog” includes part of the “Ulen” reserve embracing Polegan summit and the circus of the Polejanski ezera (lakes). The park region also includes Bezbojko ezero (lake), Poppvo lake, the circus Samodivski lakes, Ribni lakes, Kremenski lakes and Kamelishki lakes. The seat lift to Bezbog chalet makes Dobrinishte the best starting position for National Park Pirin.


Sandanski Best Natural Asthma Clinic in Europe

Indications for Treatment

Famous climato-balneological center


Diseases of the respiratory system

• Bronchial asthma • Chronic bronchitis • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease • Conditions after pneumonia • Allergic pharyngitis, laryngitis and rhinitis


Chronic joint disease

• Ankylosing spondylitis (Bekhterev’s disease); • Spondylarthrosis; • Conditions following bone fractures; • Rheumatoid arthritis;


Conditions following pneumonia

• bronchiectasis, • early stages of lung emphysema


Peripheral nervous system diseases

• Neuralgia; • Neuritis; • Plexitis; • Post-stroke rehabilitation.

What Statistic Show

The town is the best natural clinic for nonspecific respiratory system diseases. The main characteristic of this region is the mineral water – hyperthermal, lowmineralized and the climate – transitional – continental with distinct influence from the Mediterranean, Europe’s unique for patients with bronchial asthma. The Sandanski is specialized in the treatment of: Bronchial asthma; Chronic bronchitis; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Conditions after pneumonia; Allergic pharyngitis, laryngitis and rhinitis.

Improvement of all patients with atopic Bronchial asthma after a fall cure; 97.1% %

Clinical improvement of patients with mixed bronchial asthma 85.2%%

All cases decreased intake of corticosteroids 30%%

Good to very good assessment of their success of all patients 95% %


What Sandanski Offers


Tourist attractions


Cultural activities


Cycle & Eco routes


Wine tourism

Best Hotels

Pirin Park hotel is the first hotel in Bulgaria that received a quality mark EUROPE SPA WELLNESS – excellent conditions for SPA, climatotherapy & Wellness holidays, outdoor recreation, mountain & hunting tourism, cognitive cultural and historical tours, and thanks to the high professionalism of the staff, the excellent conference facilities, first-class cuisine and entertainment opportunities,
Hotel Sveti Nikola has 161 beds in 7 apartments, 21 single rooms and 63 double bedrooms. The apartments are equipped with a TV set,refrigerator, telephone, air conditioner, bathroom,etc. The Luxury apartment has a Jacuzzi.
Interhotel Sandanski offers one of the largest medical centers for medical treatments and rehabilitation of the Balkan Peninsula. The guests can use three mineral water pools, five tennis courts flooring with high technology, suitable for organizing and professional tournaments.

Sandanski is one of the oldest cities not only in Bulgaria but in the Balkans and in Europe. The first human settlements on the site of dn.gr.Sandanski date from the late 13th and early 12th century BC, the time of the Bronze Age. Discovered last year four funerals showed that the city was a contemporary of the Trojan War and has not ruled out the Thracians inhabited the region have participated on the side of the Trojans. Sandanski is the warmest city in Bulgaria and the town boasts the highest number of sunshine hours in all of Bulgaria . It is located at 240 meters altitude, and the climate is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean. The average yearly temperature is +14.7 degrees; the winters are mild and warm. The unique microclimate is suitable for lung disease treatment. Sandanski is a popular balneological and spa center. There are 80 springs in the area, the temperature of which ranges from 42 to 81 degrees (Celsius). The salinity of the water is low; it has a rich chemical composition. It is successfully used for treatment and prevention of many diseases of the respiratory tract, artro-rheumatism, diseases of the loco-motor system, the nervous system etc. Sandanski has occurred and developed on the ruins of the Early Byzantine town. Remains of four Episcopal basilicas were found in Sandanski. The central Episcopal basilica dates back to the period of the 5th - 6th century AD and impresses visitors with its unique mosaics. The archaeological museum of the town was built on the foundations of the basilica of bishop Yoan. One of the favored places of the residents and visitors of Sandanski is the town park. Its total area is 34 ha. and ver 200 Mediterranean plant species grow there. The town is the best natural clinic for nonspecific respiratory system diseases. The main characteristic of this region is the mineral water – hyperthermal, lowmineralized and the climate – transitional – continental with distinct influence from the Mediterranean, Europe’s unique for patients with bronchial asthma. The Sandanski is specialized in the treatment of: Bronchial asthma; Chronic bronchitis; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Conditions after pneumonia; Allergic pharyngitis, laryngitis and rhinitis. Methods: Apart from the classical balneotherapy, physical therapy, kinesiotherapy procedures, other procedures applied are: Inhalation therapy; Reflectory massage; Respiratory rehabilitation: - breathing gymnastics, positioned drainage, vibration massage; Medication. Required documentation: Diagnostic examinations; Medical report.


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What Says The Facts

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“Bulgaria is among the countries combining low prices for medical services with experienced medical personnel and has the potential to become a destination of choice for the so-called health tourists”.

Reuters, from the report of the Economist Intelligence Unit,




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