The town of Sapareva Banya is situated in West Bulgaria, 70 km south from Sofia and 55 km east from Kyustendil. The population of the town is 3,800 people. The town is located оn the north slope of Rila mountain, at 750 m altitude. The international highway E-79 lies near the town, and facilitates its transport connections.
The climate here is transitional-continental. The average monthly temperature in January is 0 °C, and in July + 22 °C.
Sapareva Banya is primarily popular for its mineral waters – the hottest mineral water in whole Europe with a temperature of 103 °C springs in the town. The only geyser on the Balkan Peninsula lies here too. The symbol of Sapareva Banya is the fountain-geyser, located in the center of the town. A large park and restaurant surround the spring. This is the only one geothermal spring on the Balkans. 18 m high jet gushes from the ground at each 20 seconds. The geyser is very attractively and picturesque illuminated during the night. Right in front the building of the municipality the “St. Nicola” church is situated. It dates back from 13th century. During hydrological researches in 1957, hot water and steam with temperature of 102°C were found 73 meters underground. The water column periodically pushes hot water with height of 18m above the ground.
The mineral waters of Sapareva Banya are clear, colorless, with a smell of hydrogen sulfide. The water heals diseases of loco-motor apparatus, peripheral nervous system, gynecological illnesses, acute and chronic poisoning with salts of heavy metals, dermic diseases, illnesses of the upper respiratory tract etc.
The visitors can see interesting archeological finds and antiques from the ancient town Germanea around the church. Sapareva Bania is starting point to many tourist routs in the spell-bounding Rila Mountain.