Municipality of Samokov
Municipality of Samokov is located in Southwest Bulgaria, 60 km from the capital Sofia and 100 km from Plovdiv International Airport. The longest river in Bulgaria – Iskar, springs here and crosses the picturesque Samokov valley. The beautiful nature and unique location makes Samokov an attractive place to visit or live. In Samokov region they are more than 120 places to stay with over 8500 beds.
Samokov region has wonderful mountains and high quality drinking and thermal water, which makes the region suitable for all year round wellness and spa holidays.
CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOURISM
Samokov has a rich history. Recent archeological excavations in the Municipality brought back the calendar to the 4th century A.D. – with churches dating from early Christian times, fortresses from time of Byzantine Empire, Thracian tomb. The walk through the centuries brings us to Bulgarian Renaissance, when the town was a highly developed economic and cultural center.
The wonderful nature and fresh air make Municipality of Samokov very attractive destination. On the territory of the Municipality there are many eco paths and mountain trails. Much of the territory is occupied by the Rila National Park, which has a unique wealth of protected species of the flora and the fauna.
Only 10 km from Samokov is the oldest and largest winter resort Borovets. The complex offers opportunities for all kind of winter sports, combined with high quality service, modern facilities and equipment. There are 24 ski runs with a total length of 58 km. The Complex Malyovitsa has two ski runs and beautiful scenery, which makes the visit even more worthy. Good conditions for beginners offers the ski slope in the village of Govedarci.
Villages in Samokov region have kept their original and authentic look, as well as their culture and traditions specific to each village. Here visitors can go back in time and meet the authentic folklore – hear the songs, see the national costumes, try the local traditional dishes, experience the local customs.
Freshness of the summer air and quietness of the ancient forests of Rila mountains create excellent opportunities to relax not only in the winter. Hunters and safari lovers can enjoy the hunting facilities in the municipality. And fans of fishing, swimming pools and camping can choose from „Iskar“ dam or the dam in the village of Alino for their vacation. Why not try the designated park areas, there you can enjoy the nature, have a picnic.
The hotels in Samokov municipality offer opportunities for organized conferences and events – seminars, conventions. Numerous conference rooms with capacity varying from 20 up to 700 seats, equipped with the latest technologies, offer great opportunities for corporate events, conferences, meetings, etc.
SPA AND WELLNESS TOURISM
The mineral springs in the Village of Belchin and the resort Belchin Bani have proven therapeutic effects, this makes the area a favorite spa & wellness destination. There are three mineral water pools and a great choice of SPA, wellness and relax centers in the whole region which can satisfy even the most demanding quest.