The seaside town of Pomorie was awarded with the title ‘Capital of Balnoetourism'.
The prize was handed to Pomorie's mayor Peter Zlatanov.
Special guest on the ceremony was the consul general
of the Russian federation in Varna city Anatolii Shtelkunov.
The event was attended by balneologists from all over
Bulgaria, the parliamentary secretary of the Health Ministry and representative from the State Agency of Tourism (SAT).
Bulgarian SPA resorts have the advantage of being located in vary favorable
climatic regions, affording the exceptional possibility of combining balneotherapy with climatic treatment.
The Black Sea coast is a sub region of the continental Mediterranean climatic region. Neither the harsh climatic conditions of
the northern European coasts, nor the scorching heat of the Mediterranean
are characteristic of it.
The specific sea climate, combined with the curative mineral springs and curative
mud offer excellent conditions for treatment, recuperation and holidays throughout the year. All scientific studies agree
that in the uniqueness, variety and abundance of hydrothermal, bioclimatic, mud treatment, sea cure, and other health resources,
Bulgaria ranks among the first in Europe, Climato-balneological treatment traditions in the Bulgarian lands date back to times immemorial. In Thracian times,
flourishing settlements sprang up around the hot mineral springs and many nymphaeums were built.
In Roman times, SPA centers were established, such as Augusta (present-day
Hissarya), Dezudava (Sandanski), Pautalia (Kyustendil) and Serdica (Sofia), where even the Roman emperors Ulpius Trajanus,
Septimius Severus, Maximilianus and Justinianus sought treatment for their ailments.
The Bulgarian mineral waters are known for their greatly varied chemical composition
and, respectively, their mineralization and type of dissolved mineral salts, curative gases and biologically active micro
components. In fact, every kind of known mineral water may be found in the country. The firth mud sources, along the Black Sea coast, the curative peat, spring curative mud and bentonite clays possess a particularly great
potential in the treatment of many different diseases. Bulgaria occupies one of the first places in the world with the exceptional diversity of medicinal
herbs and the excellent curative properties of its apian products. This enormous wealth of natural factors, combined with
country's modern hotels and SPA facilities, provide excellent possibilities for the year-round effective treatment of
the most widespread diseases of our times and truly make Bulgaria a country of health. The best known inland SPA resorts are: Sandanski, Velingrad, Hissaria,
climatic mountain resorts also offer varied prophylactic and therapeutic possibilities. The lovely scenery, clean air, short-wave
ultraviolet radiation, negative air ionization, particularly close to mountain waterfalls, as well as the many mineral springs,
different in temperature and composition, are their major assets.