Sapareva banya


Destination Sapareva Banya - throbbing in the hot whirlpool of today's and future day - from the ancient Germaneia and the Danax to today's Sapareva Banya and Rila Mountains. The destination offers different types of tourism during the four seasons of the year - mountain, winter and summer, ski, ice and rock climbing, eco, balneo and SPA, cultural, historical and religious. The admirers of the Bulgarian traditions can enjoy the local folklore, be part of the celebrations that are open throughout the year, to feel the spirit of the mountain and the people living at the foot of the mountain. Feel the "Living Water", combine its curative effect with a refreshing walk in the Rila Mountain, with the hospitality and tranquility of this region, preserved particles of antiquity.

In the area of Sapareva Banya are the hottest mineral springs in Bulgaria and continental Europe, with the undoubted attraction being a geyser fountain with a water temperature of 102 degrees. The boiling water can boil an egg for 5 minutes.

Highly in Rila is one of the most magnetic corners of Bulgaria - the Seven Rila Lakes, considered to be the most energy spot in Bulgaria and one of the three World Energy Centers. It is believed that here is the door to Agarta - the place from which one can enter into another dimension, in higher worlds and it is probably not by accident that here Peter Dunov - the Inspirational of the White Brotherhood - develops his doctrine.

The destination Sapareva Banya offers numerous opportunities for pedestrian and eco tourism connected in pedestrian routes and eco-paths from the low to the high part of the mountain - On the road of "Living water", including part of the European tourist route E 4 - Vitosha - Verila - Rila - Pirin - The Peloponnese, the picturesque canyons of the Dzherman, Skakavitsa and Goritsa rivers; the Valiyavitsa eco-trail, the Panichishte resort, the Panichishte Lake, the Dry Lake, the Skakavitsa Reserve and the Skakavitsa Waterfalls; The Peaks of Damga (2670m) and Kabul (2581m); "The Sun Tears" - the emblematic Seven Rila Lakes. Also interesting are the Seven Shepherd Waterfall, Goritsa eco-trail and the view Sokolov; the numerous churches, monasteries, hills and the holy spring, and sip their healing water.

Goritsa Waterfall is one of the seven Shepherd Waterfalls, located at 900 meters above sea level, at the northern foot of the Rila Mountains, with a waterfall of 39 meters. The starting point for the waterfall is the two fulling-mills built on the Goritsa River and the eco-trail, which takes about 25 minutes to the Goritsa and Sokolov Waterfalls.

Within the Rila National Park, in the Skakavitsa Reserve at 1750 m above sea level is the highest waterfall in the Rila Mountains - Skakavitsa with a waterfall of 70 m. The waterfall represents an impressive picture, formed by the falling waters of the river Skakavitsa on the rock slopes and is an unparalleled thrill for lovers of rock and ice climbing.

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Kuker's holiday in Sapareva Banya municipality

The holiday is held annually on January 1 and marks the beginning of the new year. The Survakar groups and scarecrows (the kukeri) leave from the center of Sapareva Banya and tour the city, fulfilling their comical yet cheerful program, symbolizing the victory of good and the expulsion of evil with the coming of the new year. The most colorful groups and the most original masks receive awards and honors.


On Todorovden (the Sabbath day of the first week of the Grand Post) an old horse race tradition is organized at the stadium in Sapareva Banya. The custom is very old and embodies within itself the most ancient Thracian ideas of worshiping the Rider as a mythic hero and the supreme deity, as well as the survivors of the warrior traditions of the Proto-Bulgarians, famous for their skills as superb riders.

Congregation of the Dunovists

Peter Danov's followers meet each summer on August 19th the Divine New Year's Day at Lake Bubreka in the region of the Seven Rila Lakes. After meeting the sun on the Prayer Hill, the Brotherhood people dance in the meadow to the Bubreka the ritual dance "Paneurhythmy," which combines movement, music and lyrics. According to Peter Dunov, climbing to the lakes is a movement from the physical world to the world of the most subtle energies.