Regional administration Blagoevgrad


About Region


The region is characterized with diversified economic branch structure: food and tobacco processing industries, agriculture, tourism, transport and communications, textile industry, timber and furniture industries, iron processing and machinery industry, construction materials industry, as well as pharmaceuticals, plastics, paper and shoes production. Approximately 10% of the population is unemployed (close to the national average). There are 4 major hospitals in the province.
With its railway line and road connection, the region forms the heart of the land-based trading route between northern Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. Since the early 2000s the province enjoys a mini boom in trade from thousands Greek day-trippers from across the border, purchasing cheaper goods and services (dental, opticians, etc.). Since the early 1990s, the region has also attracted Greek manufacturers who moved their production line from Greece, especially to Petrich. It was an important tourist destination during the communist years for East Germans and is slowly picking up again. The unique town of Melnik was once a wealthy centre built on the back of exiled phanariots from Constantinople. Now it is a centre for wine production and offers eco-tourism. Infrastructure remains relatively underdeveloped, especially regarding road and rail communications. It remains an important target for potential EU funding. There are two major infrastructural projects in the region. The Struma motorway, which is planned to connect the capital Sofia with the Greek border and the port of Thessaloniki, is going to run through the valley of the Sruma River, and will be ready in a few years. The second project is the airport of Bansko. The cost is currently estimated at around €30,000,000.


The world famous ensemble for folk songs and dances “Pirin” carries out creative activity in Blagoevgrad. A fair for folk art “Pirin sings” is organized on the Predela place in the course of 4 years, which is a brilliant manifestation of the rich folklore and ethnographic inheritance of the Pirin parts.
    The palette of cultural activities that the municipalities arrange is very rich. Some of the most famous are “The international mummer festival” in the town of Razlog, The international folklore festival “Maleshevo sings and dances”  in the village of Strumiani, The children’s festival for folk songs and dances  in the town of Kresna, The fair of Nevrocop in the town of Goce Delchev, The international festival “Pirin folk”  in the town of Sandanski, The  international festival “Macedonia folk”  in the town of Blagoevgrad, The feasts of the traditions in Bansko, The national festival of the old town song “The Gold chestnut”  in the town of Petrich.
    All this contribute to the approval of the region of Blagoevgrad as a significant, economical, scientific and spiritual center of the Republic of Bulgaria.



Календар на културните събития в област Благоевград с международни изяви - ТУК!pdf


Календар на културните прояви в област Благоевград с национално значение - ТУК!pdf


Календар на културните прояви в област Благоевград с национално значение - ТУК!pdf

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The National Parks Rila and Pirin in conjunction with the ten nature reserves – Parangalitca, Bayovi dupki, Djindjiritca, Yuolen, Oreliak in Pirin mountain, Sokolata in Maleshevska mountain, Kongoro in Belasitca mountain, Alibutush in Slavianka mountain, Temnata gora and Konski dol in Rodopi mountain ensure protection of a great number of natural species.There are 290 protected animals, 280 of which are mammals. The protected plants are 84.


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The region of Blagoevgrad has a really rich past from prehistoric times to nowadays. The antiquity is marked with a Roman town /I – IIIc/ underneath the present  town of Sandanski – the town of Nein /I-IIIc./ near the village of Dolna Gradeshnitca, the municipality of Kresna, a Roman town /IV-VIc./ in Rupite place near the town of Petrich and Nikopolis ad Nestum /I-VIc./, Garmen municipality. There are many clear traces of the ancient Thracians, Romans and Greeks.

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