Sapareva Banya

Filed under: Places to Visit — TheSkiBug February 11, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

After a week of dealing with sewerage problems and with the weather rather murky and dreary, we decided to treat ourselves to a day at a mineral spa. This time we opted to drive the 20 minutes to Sapareva Banya, on the road to Dupinitsa from Samokov. Its an easy drive on a fairly good road (once you get past the slightly pot-holed bit heading out of Samokov) and the spa baths are easy to find. Just turn off the main road for Sapareva Banya (or you can take the first turning through the village of Sapareva) follow the road through the centre of the town. You’ll pass the natural hot geyser on your right and just past there you will see a the mineral spa baths. You can usually park on the edge of the road just a little further along or there is paid parking just down below the pools. 

Sapareva BanyaYou can either go down through the gates to where the main ‘treatment’ area is and there is a building on your left with glass doors, giving access to the indoor and outdoor pools and where various other baths and treatments are available. Or you can follow the sign the the outdoor baths entrance and go down the steps to the kiosk there. It is 14 levs for access to the indoor and outdoor pools, or 8 levs for access to just the outdoor pools. And a lev deposit per key for the lockers and access key. 

Initially we thought we would give the indoor pools a go as well, so after queuing for a while inside, we were told by a rather surly lady on the deal that there were no more keys available (at least I think that was the translation) and so no one else was being given access from this side. So we wandered around to the outdoor pool access point and walked straight in. We were given numbered keys for the lockers and told which changing rooms to use (there are three different ones for the outside area). The changing rooms were clean, modern with lovely showers and warm. 

Sapareva BanyaThere are several pools and jacuzzi areas. There is the large pool which is lovely and warm, this has a hot jacuzzi and a couple of smaller areas where the water is a bit warmer. There is then a very hot small pool just by the entrance to changing room ‘3’ and also a sauna and steam room area for you to use. And despite this being the “outside” pools, there is actually an indoor area, which you can swim to from the outside larger pool. Rather bizarrely inside there is a small climbing wall on the side, another lovely hot jacuzzi and also a pool bar, where you can sit in the warm mineral water, surrounded by steam and order a glass of wine 😛 There is also a small snack bar where you can get a hot dog or toasted sandwich. 

Back outside there is another smaller pool with kids area and another hot jacuzzi and also a small cold plunge pool. There is also free Bulgarian tea available from an urn on the side which is a nice touch. Then if you go up the stairs there is the very hot stone pool, which you can can’t stay in for long without feeling like a lobster! 

Sapareva Banya

Sapareva Banya

Sapareva Banya

Sapareva Banya

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For 8 levs Sapareva Banya is incredibly good value. The pools are open until 9.30pm. And you really do not need to bother with paying the extra for the indoor pools. From what we could see through the glass windows, there are just three small indoor pools and they seemed very busy. 

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