Sandanski is a small calm town located in southwest Bulgaria, situated at the foothill of Pirin mountains, at the two banks of the Sandanska Bistritsa River flowing down from the mountain.
Sandanski is a piece of paradise where the eyes and breath enjoy clean nature, healing water and air. Lands with millennial history, which have preserved traces of prehistoric, Thracian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Turkish and National-Revival presence. A region rich in sunshine which the people have continued to keep for centuries in the heavy wine of Melnik and in the delicious dishes – a mixture of traditional Bulgarian and Mediterranean recipes.
According to the legends, the Thracian Spartacus, who led the largest slave uprising against the Roman empire, was born here. In the 6th century the town was one of the first Christian Episcopal centers in these lands. In the end of the 6th century the town was destroyed by Barbarian tribes. Until 1947, the name of the town was Sveti Vrach.
Sandanski is one of the oldest cities not only in Bulgaria but in the Balkans and in Europe. The first human settlements on the site of dn.gr.Sandanski date from the late 13th and early 12th century BC, the time of the Bronze Age. Discovered last year four funerals showed that the city was a contemporary of the Trojan War and has not ruled out the Thracians inhabited the region have participated on the side of the Trojans.
Sandanski is the warmest city in Bulgaria and the town boasts the highest number of sunshine hours in all of Bulgaria . It is located at 240 meters altitude, and the climate is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean. The average yearly temperature is +14.7 degrees; the winters are mild and warm. The unique microclimate is suitable for lung disease treatment.
Sandanski is a popular balneological and spa center. There are 80 springs in the area, the temperature of which ranges from 42 to 81 degrees (Celsius). The salinity of the water is low; it has a rich chemical composition. It is successfully used for treatment and prevention of many diseases of the respiratory tract, artro-rheumatism, diseases of the loco-motor system, the nervous system etc.
Sandanski has occurred and developed on the ruins of the Early Byzantine town. Remains of four Episcopal basilicas were found in Sandanski. The central Episcopal basilica dates back to the period of the 5th – 6th century AD and impresses visitors with its unique mosaics. The archaeological museum of the town was built on the foundations of the basilica of bishop Yoan.
One of the favored places of the residents and visitors of Sandanski is the town park. Its total area is 34 ha. and ver 200 Mediterranean plant species grow there.
The town is the best natural clinic for nonspecific respiratory system diseases.
The main characteristic of this region is the mineral water – hyperthermal, lowmineralized and the climate – transitional – continental with distinct influence from the Mediterranean, Europe’s unique for patients with bronchial asthma.
The Sandanski is specialized in the treatment of:
- Bronchial asthma;
- Chronic bronchitis;
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
- Conditions after pneumonia;
- Allergic pharyngitis, laryngitis and rhinitis.
Apart from the classical balneotherapy, physical therapy, kinesiotherapy procedures, other procedures applied are:
- Inhalation therapy;
- Reflectory massage;
- Respiratory rehabilitation: – breathing gymnastics, positioned drainage, vibration massage;
- Diagnostic examinations;
- Medical report.