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Dobarsko (Bulgarian: Добърско [ˈdɔbərsku]) is a village in southwestern Bulgaria, part of Razlog Municipality, Blagoevgrad Province. It is set at 1,070 m above sea level on the southern slopes of Rila with the westernmost Rhodope Mountains to the east and Pirin to the south near the valley of the Mesta River. Dobarsko is 80 km from Blagoevgrad and 17 km from the winter resort Bansko. As of September 2005 the village has a population of 672 and about 200 houses, the mayor being Nikola Naydenov. According to the legend, Dobarsko was founded by soldiers from Bulgarian tsar Samuil's blinded army after the Battle of Belasitsa in 1014, who arrived in the area en route to the Rila Monastery and discovered a holy spring that allegedly cured them. Dobarsko is first mentioned in Tsar Ivan Shishman's donor's charter from the Rila Monastery in 1378. During the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria Dobarsko established itself as the most important and richest village in the Razlog Valley. Many of the locals were merchants who bought cotton from Northern Greece and sold it in Central Europe and grazed large herds of cattle in the mountains and the plains around Drama and Serres. However, Dobarsko began to lose its former importance in the late 18th century, as Bansko rose to become the centre of the region. Dobarsko is known for its 25-metre waterfall, Shtrokaloto, its two old Eastern Orthodox churches and the many consecrated grounds and chapels in the area, as well as the view of three of Bulgaria's highest and largest mountains from the village. The Church of Theodore Tyro and Theodore Stratelates, a small three-naved stone basilica half dug into the ground, was constructed no later than 1614 (with some sources claiming as early as 1122) and painted in 1672. The church donors, Bogdan, Hasiya and his son, as well as the builders Spas, Stanko and Smilen, are depicted in a donors' fresco left of the door. The church is noted for its abundance of original frescoes and icons, some of which are interpreted as portraying Jesus in a rocket. The holy spring in the church yard is said to be curative and indeed the one that cured Samuil's soldiers that founded the village, as depicted in one fresco. A small swastika and a cross on the eastern wall are the only items in the exterior that show that the small stone building is a religious temple. The frescoes were cleaned up and partially restored in 1974-1978 and the church is a national monument of culture, as well as one of the 100 national tourist attractions. The other church, the Church of the Purification of the Virgin, is a richly-decorated Bulgarian National Revival work on the opposite side of the road dating to 1860. Other chapels and consecrated grounds around Dobarsko include the Goatherd's Church, the Dug Church, St Elijah, St Spas, St Athanasius, the Holy Trinity, the Holy Theotokos, St Demetrius and St George. According to several travellers' accounts, Dobarsko was the centre of a famous beggars' school of blind singers that spread all over the country and existed until 1939. The beggars also invented a cant for their own use by uniting Bulgarian, Greek, Vlach and Roma vocabulary, and performed heroic epic songs.


This warm abode of Dobarsko is a delightful place to visit in Bulgaria. Dobarsko is located at a short trip away from Plovdiv a major city in Bulgaria. Add Plovdiv to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Boyana Church, Vitosha Boulevard. If you want to fly to the destination, you can choose the nearest major airport to take a flight. The nearest major airport is Plovdiv Airport. Popular vacation packages of Dobarsko are of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Dobarsko*

  • Pollution Statistics in Dobarsko

    Know the pollution level of Dobarsko before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 60 (High)
  • Dobarsko: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Dobarsko for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Dobarsko.

    • Burglary and Theft 10 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 10 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 10 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 31.25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 5 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 10 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Dobarsko - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 80.23 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 48.79 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 8 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.38 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.36 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 55.95 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Dobarsko

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Dobarsko

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.04 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.24 USD

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