Dobrinishte

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Dobrinishte (Bulgarian: Добринище) is a small town and ski resort in the Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria. As of 2006 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.

Dobrinishte is also a terminal station of the scenic Septemvri-Dobrinishte narrow gauge line from Septemvri (on the Sofia-Plovdiv line).

The village is a famous spa resort with 17 mineral springs with temperature of 30-43°C. The water is used to cure different diseases. There are 7 km of ski runs.

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Coordinates: 41°49′N 23°34′E / 41.817°N 23.567°E / 41.817; 23.567