Location of Dobrinishte
|• Mayor||Kitan Galchev (GERB)|
|Elevation||842 m (2,762 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Dobrinishte (Bulgarian: Добринище [dobˈriniʃtɛ]) is a small town and ski resort in the Blagoevgrad Province, Bansko Municipality, southwestern Bulgaria. As of 2006[update] it has 2973 inhabitants. It is located 6 km east of Bansko, a famous winter resort. It has an altitude of 850 m and is surrounded by the Rila, Pirin, and Rhodope mountains. Dobrinishte offers good conditions for both winter and summer tourism: beautiful nature, hospitable population, ski runs, mineral waters and opportunities for rural and ecotourism. According to legends and song, between 6th and 15th century Dobrinishte was a Bulgarian stronghold which halted the Byzantines from invading the country from the valley of the Mesta River.
The village is a famous spa resort with 17 mineral springs with temperatures of 30-43°C. The water is used to cure different diseases.
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