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Skyline of Simitli
Simitli is located in Bulgaria
Location of Simitli
Country Bulgaria
 • Mayor Apostol Apostolov
Elevation 323 m (1,060 ft)
Population (2005-09-13)
 • Total 7,454
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2730
Area code(s) 0748

Simitli (Bulgarian: Симитли) also known as Simitliya (Bulgarian: Симитлия), is a small city in Blagoevgrad Province in southwestern Bulgaria. It has a population of 7,454 and is located 17 km south of Blagoevgrad. It is the seat of Simitli Municipality.


  • Geography 1
  • Transportation 2
  • Tourism 3
  • External links 4


Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God

The city of Simitli lies at the crossroads for the turn to Struma River, and the foothills of the Pirin Mountains at Senokos.


Simitli lies on E-79 which connects Sofia to the Greek Border. Simitli is also part of the Bulgarian State Railways network from Greece to Sofia. Simitli is also the intersection of E-79 and the road to Bansko and the Pirin Mountains.


Some of the best whitewater rapids in the Balkans can be found on the Struma river in the Kresna Gorge. The rafting and kayaking season is from April to July and there is guided rafting every weekend. Simitli is also part of the EuroCup circuit for the European Rafting Federation every year. Every second weekend of January, there is a Kukeri or Surva festival held in the local stadium by E-79 which rivals Razlog and Pernik's own Kukeri Festivals.

External links

  • | Tourism website for village Senokos
  • | Website for local Roma NGO that creates monthly magazine for Simitli
  • | Website for Hotel DiMario, a local hotel in Simitli

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