The Dospat municipality is in the south-eastern Rhodopes, on the border between 2 administrative districts and the frontier with Greece. Its land area is 313 000 hectars, of which 180 000 hectars of forests. The population numbers 11 000, in 8 villages. Dospat alone has a population of 3 000.
Dospat is a turning point, where you can either head north along the desolate route to Batak, or continue westwards past the turn-offs for Dolen and Kovachevitsa, towards Gotse Delchev in the Mesta Valley and the Pirin Mountains beyond. This route passes through some of the loveliest countryside in Bulgaria, with an ever-changing panorama of gorges, forests and meadows dotted with a succession of highland villages, where tobacco farming is the main source of income, which amply compensates for the awfulness of the road.
The lanscape is mountainous and hilly, spring comes late, summer is cool, and the autumn - warm. Winter, due to the influence of the Aegean along the Dospat river, is mild, snow lasts quite long.
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