Journal of the Geographical Institute Jovan Cvijic, SASA 2004 Volume , Issue 53, Pages: 49-72
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Natural, recreational and cultural-historic values of the Sandanski spa (Pirin mountains)

Jordanova Marina, Gešev Gešo

One balneological resource of extraordinary value, to which the town of Sandanski owes its existence, are the mineral waters. Within the whole region their total discharge is estimated at 65 1/s while for the town of Sandanski only it is about 25 1/s. Their temperature varies from 33°C to 88°C and the mineral content in them is poor - 0.78-1.02 g/1. That is why diseases can be treated both by drinking the water and by bathing. Besides its diverse natural scenery the Sandanski spa is famous for its important historical events. Melnik is a real monument of the Bulgarian culture. It is designated as a cultural and historical reserve and a museum town and has got the status of a unique settlement of international importance for economic tourism.

Keywords: town Sandanski, balneological resource, Melnik

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