Located in the heart of a region known for viticulture and winemaking since the time of the Thracians, Villa Sintika winery sparks new life into the Experimental Station complex built in the middle of the last century in the town of Sandanski. Over the course of decades the experimental agrarian center developed numerous branches and variations of different crops, leaving a bright mark through the creation of the unique grape varieties Early Melnik grape (Melnik 55), MelnikRubin, Sandanski Misket, etc.
Villa Sintika is the winner of dozens of awards from national and international exhibitions, including four Golden Riton awards awarded to the Winery in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2016, as well as a gold and silver medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016. The winery’s own vineyards are located in an extremely favorable region along the Struma River Valley in the immediate vicinity of the Rupite area, the extinct Kozhuh volcano and the ancient Thracian city of Heraclea Sintika.
Villa Sintica is the new jewel in Sandanski’s crown. It has 23 rooms and 3 suites, SPA centre, outdoor pool, a conference hall and an array of amenities for children. The luxurious Mediterranean atmosphere creates great conditions for a family or romantic vacation.
The city known as one of the best natural spas in Europe has been attracting guests for centuries. It is the warmest Bulgarian city during all four seasons.
The favourable climate of the region combined with the clean mountain air and healing mineral springs give Sandanski a high reputation of a resort that meets the high standards of the European SPA Association.
The city has over 3200 years of history and is a crossroads of ancient civilizations and rich cultures from the time of the Thracians, the Romans and various tribes that inhabited the lands of the Middle Struma.
On the main pedestrian street you can find many tempting eateries, cafes and bars and at its end of it you will find the entry to the only park in Bulgaria with sandy alleys.
Approximately 25 km from the hotel is located the wine capital of Bulgaria, the town that doubles as a museum – Melnik. It is also the smallest town in the country and the ancient remains found in it speak of its thousand-year history.
The town is nestled in the southern slopes of the Pirin mountain between unique sand pyramids declared a natural landmark. Melnik is also impressive with its Renaissance architecture.
Among the numerous architectural monuments is the oldest house in the Balkans – the Bolyarska house. The town and its surroundings also offer numerous temples and churches – some functioning, others – simply ruins, rich in legends and stories.
After a cultural tour you can indulge in the flavours of the famous Melnik wine in some of the numerous inns or wineries.
“Rupite” is a protected area along the Struma River at the eastern foot of the Kozhuh volcanic hill.
Apart from its rare vegetation and remarkable and rare natural features the place is also known for its mystical halo, deeply connected with the image of the Bulgarian prophetess Baba Vanga. The temple “St. Petka” is a place of worship for thousands of people in need.
In the area around the temple there are mineral springs with a temperature of 75ºC, which are believed to be healing. They have most likely appeared as a result of a volcanic eruption.
In the immediate vicinity you will stumble across the remains of one of the largest ancient cities Heraclea Sintika which existed from the 4th century BC to the 6th century AD.