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Starozagorski Bani

Post code: 6062
Intl dial code: +359 04111

Starozagorski Bani

The small spa resort of Starozagorski is a great place to just relax in the fresh mountain air
The small spa resort of Starozagorski is a great place to just relax in the fresh mountain air

Well served by half-hourly bus from Stara Zagora, the small spa resort of Starozagorski Bani, 14 km to the northwest, boasts little in the way of specific "sights" or activities, but is a great place to just relax in the fresh mountain air. The natural thermal springs have been attracting settlers since the Neolithic era, though it was in the second century AD that the Romans first constructed the extensive thermae, which stood for a thousand years before falling in an earthquake. The restored remains of a small section of this once huge complex can be seen in the centre of the village, while nearby excavations have revealed a medieval necropolis, dug into the side of a Neolithic tumulus. During the Communist period, Starozagorski Bani was a popular rest and recuperation spot, and the place still bears a faintly clinical atmosphere, with its workers' rest homes, specialist health centres and public mineral baths.

These days it's looking a bit tired, but it still draws large numbers of mainly Bulgarian visitors, who enjoy the simple pleasures of its attractive parks, lakeside walks and open-air swimming pools. In recent years there have been attempts to rejuvenate the place, and there are a number of small pensions and hotels to choose from and can eat at one of the clutch of standard cafés and restaurants in the village centre.



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