"The SPA capital of the Bulgaria" Velingrad by mirchica

Velingrad Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 63 photos

Mineral springs

Velingrad is known as the SPA capital of Bulgaria. This is because of the more than 90 mineral springs of hot water in the town. Mnay hotels have grown up in the past few years.This springs were also used by the thracians and romans who have completely known the features of the water.
An interesting fact is that in 1937 the mayor of Velingrad decided to build a beach with mineral water.He also ordered to bring sands from Varna(at the Black sea) with waggons - 500km!!! At this time it was not only the first mineral beach in Bulgaria but also,in Europe only Karlovy vary in Czech Republic had existed.

Forming and name of the city

Velingrad was formed in 1948 when 3 villages have been united - Chepino,Ladzhene and Kamenitsa and now there are 3 neighbourhoods with the same name.
The town is named after Vela Peeva (meaning the city of Vela) who has been a partisan in the fight against the fascism.Her father has worked in The USA in mines between 1914 and 1920.When he has come back and he has built a house in Kamenitsa village (where is the Historical museum now) and two years later Vela was born.She has grown up in a rich family but she couldn't accept the poorness of the others and that Bulgaria has taken the side of Germany in the the WWII. So,she has become a member of the Bulgarian communist party and has started her fight for equality for people.In the spring if 1944 she has fallen under siege and after 5 hours skirmish she has died by her own bullet.

  • Last visit to Velingrad: Feb 2011
  • Intro Updated Feb 11, 2011
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