Velingrad's life enriching water attracts countless visitors and during the past 60 years Velingrad grew from a small resort in the West Rhodope to one of Bulgaria's most popular touristic destinations.
In 2005 the Bulgarian Hotel Association named Velingrad the SPA capital of Bulgaria. Three years later, at the International Hotel & Restaurant Association conference in Mexico, Velingrad was also named the SPA capital of the Balkans. This special part of the Rhodope Mountain is truly an extraordinary touristic destination and anyone, who has experienced the healing powers of the mineral water in the local pools and has felt the fresh scent of the nearby pinewoods.
Velingrad's most sacred treasure is the 80 mineral springs, ranging from 27 to 94 degrees Celsius. The town's geothermal field is among the largest in South Bulgaria. People have been benefiting from the
mineral water's healing characteristics since centuries ago, when the mineral bath were created in the region. The discovered Roman reservoirs and canals are proof mineral bath date back since Roman times.
There are 20% more sunny days in Velingrad than any other part of Bulgaria. The town is small and serene, though located in very close proximity to the two largest cities in the country - the capital - Sofia, is only 133 km. away, while the second largest - Plovdid, is 82 km away.
Nature in Velingrad is extremely rick and varied. In addition to the Batak, Belmeken and Dospat dams, there are 15 natural parks nearby, some of which are protected by UNESCO. The dams are particularly favourable for hunting and fishing, apart from simply relaxing, so they are preferred location for many.
The resort is suitable for vacation thoughout the year. In the summer, it is lucrative with its mineral outdoor swimming pools, while the winter offers a majestic view to the glow of the snow-covered mountain tops and pinewoods. Even a single weekend here is enough to feel refreshed, relaxed and rested. The SPA and wellness tourism in Velingrad is in complete symbiosis with the surroung nature.