Bulgaria is a top destination for wellness breaks in 2022 – here’s why

As the world opens up again, many people are in desperate need of a little personal care. Whether your feet hurt or your neck is stiff from hunching over a computer, everyone deserves to sit back and relax next year.

Bulgaria might not be the first place that comes to mind for wellness breaks, but the history of the country’s spas dates back thousands of years.

South of the Balkan mountain range, the city of Hisarya was probably first settled around 6000 BC. AD because of its hot mineral springs. The area eventually became a Thracian city before being conquered by the Romans when it was named Diocletianopolis.

Although no longer the bustling city it was in Roman times, Hisarya has retained its many spas. In fact, Bulgaria is full of spas. There are over 700 springs in the country, providing plenty of opportunities to relax in top-notch hydrotherapy sites.

The historical angle

Spa days may seem like simple relaxation, but balneotherapy is believed to improve many health problems, from eczema to arthritis. To bathe as the Romans did, you have to go to Hisarya.

Today, Hisarya has 22 springs ranging in temperature from 41 ° C to 52 ° C and are all drinkable. The water is so tasty that it is even recommended to bottle it and take it home with you.

The city is full of spas that can offer a number of wellness treatments.

Some of the treatments on offer include weeklong programs that claim to help with conditions such as chronic gastritis, arthritis, and diseases of the peripheral nervous system.

When you are not being taken care of by spa staff, you can also take a tour of the city’s historic sites. It still has remains of its ancient Roman walls and you can find exhibits of excavated treasures dating back to the Thracians.

Get off and dirty

The healing qualities of mud have long been discussed by cultures ranging from ancient Egyptians to present-day Bulgarians.

Take you along the Black Sea in Bulgaria to the spa town of Pomorie for the ultimate mud spa experience. In the ultra-salty lake of Pomorie, the inhabitants coat themselves with the mud taken from the bottom of the lagoon.

The mud is rich in sea salts and when applied to the skin it is said to provide healing properties for problems of the musculoskeletal system. There are even local beliefs that mud can cure infertility.

Whether or not this is the miracle cure some claim, after a long day of coating yourself in mud and rolling in the sand, your skin will be soft and revitalized. Then you can relax in one of the city’s many spas or head to Sunny Beach, the party town just north of Pomorie for a drink and a boogie.

Something for everyone

One of the best places to go if you are looking for the ultimate wellness retreat is the town of Velingrad.

It is located on the edge of the Rhodope Mountains and contains 80 mineral springs; the largest quantity in one place nationwide. The springs have different mineral levels and are the source of the unique chemical makeup of the city’s spas, which locals can recommend based on the health benefits you expect.

Surrounded by European black pine forests, the pure mountain air will revive your lungs while the warm waters put your whole body at ease.

One of the highlights of the city is Lake Kleptuza, the largest karst spring in Bulgaria. Contrary to most of the recommendations in this article, the waters of Kleptuza remain freezing at 8 ° C all year round. It is the source of much of Velingrad’s water and an ideal place to take a short pedal boat ride to bask in the unique forest environment.

No trip to Velingrad is complete without a dip in the hot spas. The spas in the area offer a luxurious stay, with indoor and outdoor hot springs, a collection of saunas including Finnish, hammam and Russian style baths, steam rooms and an almost endless range of beauty treatments and massages.

With spas open all year round, there isn’t a bad time to take a trip to Bulgaria and enjoy that wellness break you deserve.

Comments are closed.