Resort

Velingrad is known as the Pearl of Bulgarian Balneology, and SPA Capital of the Balkans. Its  uniqueness lies in climate and landscape in combination with the largest discharge of mineral water on the Balkans of 140 liters per second and fountains of various temperature and mineral content.

The hotel „AquatoniK” is situated in Velingrad, which is said to be the spa capital city of the Balkans. Not incidentally, the town is called “The Pearl of the Bulgarian balneology”.
According to the legend, Orpheus once lived in these lands and Spartacus got his titanic power here… The history remembers a lot about the region of Chepino.
The guests and the citizens of Velingrad can now feel the spirit of the past interweaved with the contemporary tourism technologies. The town is the most visited Bulgarian balneo resort; its uniqueness lies in the incredible combination of favorable climatic and landscape factors. Velingrad is situated in Southwest Bulgaria, only 130 km away from our capital Sofia and 80 km from the second largest city in the country - Plovdiv.
Due to the unique combination of climate, mineral waters and beautiful nature, Velingrad is a preferred tourist destination for relaxation, medical treatments and entertainment. 
With this harmony of colours, forms, forest rustle and fragrance, the resort has turned into a little piece of Heaven!  

Velingrad lies between 42°03` northern latitude and 23°55` western longitude and occupies the west part of the Chepin Valley, near to the conventional border between the West Rhodopes and Rila.  The altitude varies from 750 to 800m above the sea level in different parts of the town. It lies on the banks of the Chepinska River, surrounded by powerful mountain ridges. Velingrad is located at a distance of 85 km from Plovdiv and 133 km from Sofia. The terrain is typical of the Rhodopes - a gigantic ring encircles the whole channel of the Chepin River. These ridges are named Alabak, Karkaria, Sjutkja and the Veliyski- Vedenishki ridge.
The nature has been extraordinarily generous to Velingrad, endowing the town with beautiful pine tree woods, plenty of mineral waters and the biggest karst source in Bulgaria – Kleptuza.
The geographic location of Velingrad defines its specific climate—a transitional continental climate with Mediterranean influence. The average annual temperature of the air is 9.3°С, the average temperature for January lies at 1.8°С, and for July - 18.7°С. The rainfall amount is relatively small and has its maximum in June. The most important feature of the microclimate in Velingrad is the availability of extended sunshine during the entire year. The number of foggy days is about 15 a year.  Velingrad and the surrounding district is one of the quietest places in Bulgaria- the average wind speed is 1m/ sec. There is a characteristic the evening breeze that brings cool air from the nearby mountains, making the evenings and the nights nicely cool and fresh. 

Lots of baths, swimming pools, beaches, balneo sanatoriums and spa hotels have been built in order to make use of the therapeutic effect of the mineral waters.

The coniferous woods, the strong sunrays, the water resources, the clear mountain air and the suitable climate create conditions allowing the successful treatment in the sanatoriums in Velingrad round the whole year. 


The healing qualities of the mineral waters have been known since ancient times. As the ruins of old reservoirs and aqueducts for mineral waters in Kamenitza and Chepino indicate, the Romans had balneological facilities.
With its abundance and variety of mineral waters, Velingrad occupies first place in Bulgaria. The richest hydrothermal deposits are to be found here.
The thermal water- providing pool of Velingrad is one of the largest and best examined ones in the whole South Bulgarian thermal region.
Its water resources amount to about 160-175 l/sec. The total number of mineral sources is about 80. The water temperature varies- 42-43°С in Chepino, 28- 63°C in Ludgene, 84-88°C in Kamenitza and 94°C in Draginovo

The Chepino thermal water springs from granitised sources.The springs are located 500 meters south of the Chepino area.The mineral water is supplied via a common collector for all springs.
The water is characterised as hyperthermal, low on mineral content, with hydrocarbonate, sulphate-sodium, fluorine, low-radon, alkaline content.