Hisarya has no less that 22 mineral spring waters. All of them are warm water springs. Depending on the spring, the temperatures range from 44-55˚C.
You can find public warm mineral water spouts where locals and visitors alike are lined up to enjoy the water and even take a bottle or two home with them.
Located in central Bulgaria at the foot of the Sredna Gora mountain range lies the town of Hisarya (also known as Hisar, Hissar or Hissarya). Once upon a time, Hisarya was an active Roman SPA Resort and was at one point used as a rehabilitation centre for wounded Roman soldiers.
Today, the town is a blissfull haven famous for its natural mineral spring waters with healing properties, large SPA resorts, mild climate, impressive Roman ruins and great restaurants. The SPA town of Hisarya is a popular tourism destination.
Bulgarians come here on weekends and holidays to escape from the city and relax. Foreign tourists come here to relax, for health reasons or as part of their holiday in Bulgaria.
The pleasant climate and the mineral waters of this location have proven to be attractive to settlers since ancient times. A prehistoric settlement existed in this place way back in the 5th century BC. A
Thracian settlement from the 4th – 3rd centuries BC was also established in the region. The settlement’s heyday was during the Roman era. In 293 Emperor Diocletian declared it a town and this marked the beginning of the construction of massive fortification walls, public buildings, baths, streets, etc. It became the third biggest town in Thracia Province.
Things to do in Hisarya
The town is famous for its beautiful, cool parks. They spread out on an area of 700 decares and include more than 160 decorative tree species.
St. Panteleimon Orthodox Temple built in 1889 is located at the centre of the town. It is well-known for its wall-paintings. St. Dimitar, the oldest Orthodox temple /built in 1845/ situated in Verigovo Housing Estate, is also interesting. In addition to these two temples, there are also: another Orthodox temple, two Catholic churches and one mosque in Hisarya.
The Hisarya Region abounds in archaeological monuments from the Thracian period. The biggest Thracian religious complex in Bulgaria dated from the 6th – 5th centuries BC is located near Starosel Village (Old Village).
The residence of a Thracian ruler is situated 22 km north of it, below Kozi gramadi Peak (Goat Masses Peak), where research is in progress.
A Thracian trade centre located near Krashtevich Village dating back to the 6th – 4th centuries BC is also being researched.
What to see in Hisarya
The town located on the territory of the ancient fortress and the monuments of culture /fortified wall, amphitheatre, public buildings, Christian basilicas, barracks, villas, thermal springs.
The name Hisarya derives from the Arabic word hisar which means fortress. The Archaeological Museum in the town displays finds discovered during archaeological excavations carried out in Hisarya, as well as models of the amphitheatre, a residential building, an early-Christian basilica and the Camels southern gate.
The town is famous for its beautiful, cool parks.
The healing power of mineral water in Hisarya
The mineral waters, which the town of Hisarya is famous for, are used for the treatment of kidney and urologic diseases, gallbladder diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, as well as musculoskeletal diseases.
Their healing effects can be achieved by drinking the water as well as through aqua procedures for the prevention and rehabilitation of diseases in combination with physiotherapy and diets.
Along with the mild climate with lots of sunny days, Hisarya has turned into one of the most well-known SPA & health resorts in Bulgaria and a very obvious option for international medical tourism. The mineral waters contain hydro-carbonate, sulphate, sodium, flourine, silicon, radon and hydro-sulphide.