Devin, Pamporovo & the Rhodopes

Devin is a renowned spa and holiday resort. It is situated amid scenic hills in the heart of the Rhodopes at an altitude of 710 - 780 m. In early antiquity the place was inhabited by the Thracian tribe of the Bessi, and later by the Romans.

Devin has several mineral water springs with a temperature between 37 and 44C. The water is clear, colourless, palatable, odourless, hyper- and homeo-thermal, mildly mineralized, and contains hydrocarbonates of sodium and small quantities of fluorine. It has a strong alkaline reaction (pH 9.4). The total usable flow is 1,800 l/min. The curative properties of Devin's mineral waters are due to their considerable mineralization, the relatively high content of metasilicic acid and fluorine, mild acidity and high temperature.

The climate of the spa is transitionally continental, considerably tempered by the southern influence. The average annual temperature is 10.5C. The winter is mild; the summer, warm and fresh thanks to the local mountain breezes. The autumn is warm and long. The average January temperature is -1.5C. The average annual duration of sunshine is about 1,100 hours. Devin has a new modern hydrotherapy clinic with a resort polyclinic and a pool; juniper, carbonic acid and oxygen baths; facilities for hydrotherapy, modern light and electrotherapy, diagnosis, remedial gymnastics and massage rooms.

Devin is suitable for the spa and climatic treatment of a wide range of diseases: of the locomotor system, cardiovascular diseases and nervous disorders. The internationally famous year-round resort Pamporovo is situated 35 km away from Devin.

If you come to Devin you should see the town’s Museum of History. It is on 40 “Osvobojdenie” Str., in the central part of the town. There you will hear the great story of the town. Also you can see the “St. Ioan Rilski” church.

Surrounding Areas

22 km southeast of Devin is the architectural – ethnographic reserve Shiroka Laka. You will stand with bated breath in front of the beautiful Trigrad Gorge – a natural phenomenon, the well-laid out caves - The Devil’s Throat and the Yagodina cave. They are of great value for the Devin region, where tourists have a chance to take a look at the kingdom of this underworld and to revel in unforgettable scenery. In the Trigrad Yagodina Karst region there are scores of unurbanized caves, such as the Haramiiska, Kestenska and Orpheus’ hole. The Chairite protected site charms the visitors with fantastic landside lakes, meadows, spruce and pine woodland. Another phenomenon of the Trigrad Gorge is the cave Devil's throat, it was formed after precipice of the land stratum. The natives tell that everything that goes into the cave never comes out.

Transport

The only public transport available in Devin is the bus transport. There are regular buses to Pazardjik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Pamporovo, Shiroka laka. The bus station is at the very entrance of the town, 24 ”Osvobojdenie” Str.