Things you should know about the spa town of Sapareva
Banya, around 15 km from Dupnitsa:
- There is a geyser in the town centre. I’m talking a water feature rather than a cool dude, although it is pretty awesome. Strangely enough, if the Wikipedia article about Sapareva Banya is to be believed, it only ‘sprang forth’ in 1957.
- The natural mineral water comes out of the drinking water taps next to the geyser at 103 °C so it is very likely that you will burn yourself if you attempt to fill your water bottle.
- Once it has cooled down, you will have to tip it away anyway as it tastes so overwhelmingly of rotten egg that it is simply unpalatable.
- Do not be put off by the fact that the route to the swimming pool is marked by signs saying sanatorium. It is indeed a swimming pool, not an insane asylum.
- The same cannot be said for the bus stop; if you stand beside it, you may be forcefed unidentified plants by a crazy lady with no front teeth, and then offered a free ride to your destination by a taxi driver.