Although the sun is promising to entice us these days, it's still winter and we can't help thinking about hot saunas, warm pools and restorative massages. We already have suggestions for spa places in the city under the hills, which can be reached in just 10 minutes, but we can’t help but tell you about the destinations around Plovdiv.
The good news is that for a maximum of an hour of travel, you can quickly dive into the relaxing world of spa tourism and enjoy your weekend to the full.
Trakiec – a place for rest and horseback riding
We’ve already taken you for a walk to the horse base and still consider it a great one-day destination. Just 25 kilometers from Plovdiv you can combine horseback riding with a delicious lunch in the restaurant or a few hours in the relax center. In the spa area, you can choose from indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, outdoor, indoor and children's pool. This is a place where you leave your concerns and problems outside the door and no longer find them there when you exit. A cozy atmosphere, relaxing and restorative procedures and a special attitude are a sure prerequisite for new positive emotions.
Starosel - spa and wine at the foot of the Sredna Gora Mountain
Another favorite spot of our team where we recommend combining spa treatments with wine tasting and a cultural and historical walk to the tomb. The complex is supplied with mineral water from the mineral spring, located 7 km from Starosel. The mineral water has a temperature of 54 degrees Celsius and is the hottest in the area. The mineral water was used for healing by bathing and later by drinking. The Starosel Spa has indoor and outdoor mineral pools, a Jacuzzi with a children's section and a separate four-seater Jacuzzi. Facilities built in the unique style of the complex are: aroma sauna, hot tub, second hot tub and outdoor sauna with a unique design, a corner for warm relaxation. SPA Thracian Recidency is the newest part that offers a unique thermal water park. The mineral pools in it are three: a large indoor pool with a twenty-five meter swimming area, and a hydromassage area with sun beds, water jets, a volcano, an underwater river and an attached Jacuzzi. For the youngest there is a children's pool with a water slide and a waterfall, as well as a treasure pool. Four Jacuzzis are located on the terrace with a stunning view. Other facilities include: a sauna with aromatic oils for ten people, Finnish sauna and steam room, snow room and shock pool, private spa and relaxation areas with a pleasant atmosphere. There is also an interesting solar center with a sunny sea room, an outdoor solarium and a vertical turbo solarium. There is also a special place for halotherapy procedures - a salt pool and a salt cave.
The city is one of the oldest and most popular balneological and spa centers in Bulgaria. It is located 40 km north of Plovdiv. There are 22 springs in the resort, located in a small area, with different physicochemical characteristics and temperatures ranging from 41 to 52°. Within the resort there is quite a large selection of hotels of different class , so you can choose depending on the facilities they offer. The town itself is a good choice for a short walk, too, be sure to remember our recommendations for good restaurants.
Velingrad is the first in Bulgaria in abundance and variety of mineral waters, whose temperature varies between 28° C and 91° C. Their number exceeds 70. The hottest waters are the ones in the district of Kamenitsa - with temperatures up to 91° C. Here is also the largest karst spring in Bulgaria - Kleptuza. In recent years it has proudly carried the title of spa capital of Bulgaria and hotels have literally sprouted like mushrooms. You can choose from extremely luxurious complexes with all the options for indulgence and relaxation, as well as opt for budget deals where they also have excellent facilities. Usually the most popular places are full on weekends, so plan your vacation in advance.