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Thracian wine and spa traditions at Starosel Winery near Plovdiv

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Bulgaria may be famous for many things, but the ones which have prevailed as symbols of the country throughout the centuries are its vineyards and its rose cultures. Even if you haven’t visited the Rose Valley or the DaliVino wine events in Sofia, today you'll discover another exciting experience for all wine-lovers in Starosel Winery near Plovdiv. Here you can enjoy the natural way of life and the old Thracian traditions through wine and spa experiences! 

Where to find it

The Wine and Spa Complex is located in the central part of the country, 130km from the capital Sofia. The complex is in the heart of the Rose Valley, which means that if you visit it in the spring –preferably the end of May, you might as well be able to witness the magic of the Rose Festival.

Starosel Wine and Spa Complex near Plovdiv
Starosel Wine and Spa Complex near Plovdiv
Старосел, По Пътя За Тракийските Храмове, 4175 Starosel, Bulgaria

The hotel experience

The Starosel complex was opened in 2007 and has been very popular among its guests ever since. It offers three different accommodation units – hotel, Thracian residence, and apartment “Starosel”. The furniture in all three is unique, specially created for the complex. The shapes of each piece of furniture follow the natural lines of the trees, from which it was made. 

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© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel
© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel
© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel

The hotels offer all modern conveniences, as well as experiences connected to one of the most ancient cultures in the area – wine

The wine experience

Here you can take part in an evening of wine-tasting, and after that visit the wine cellar and pick a brand of your choice to buy and enjoy at home. The local wines are among the best rated in the country, as well as in an international aspect.  

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© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel

The wine cellar of Starosel has helped preserve the ancient tradition of wine-making. The local experts combine that tradition with modern techniques and practices. Here, events such as wine-tasting managed to maintain the authenticity of the place for generations to come and enjoy great popularity among locals. 

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© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel

Apart from wine, in Starosel you can taste local types of rakia, another typical local alcoholic drink. 

The spa experience 

Having a vacation in Starosel, far from the hustle and bustle of big cities and tasting great wine is indeed a fantastic way to spend your time. What makes this place even more exciting and alluring is the possibility to relax in a spa-therapy session here. 

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© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel

Bulgaria is 2nd in Europe for the number of mineral springs and spa resorts, leaving the first place to Iceland. This means that there are established spa traditions in my country, deeply rooted in the local culture. Therefore, as a guest here, you can get an amazing old Thracian spa experience

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© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel

The possibilities include the usual ones such as massages and other skin and body treatments. Moreover, there is an option to include wine in those therapies, which would only improve the quality of the luxurious service. 

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© Facebook.com/Wine and Spa Complex Starosel

Bulgaria has a lot to offer, and not only in the aspect of sights and monuments. Its ancient traditions in spa treatments and wine-making are world-famous and acknowledged. Therefore, enjoying a stay at the wine and spa complex in Starosel can only bring you closer to the natural way of life of Thracian kings! 


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The author

Maria Belcheva

Maria Belcheva

My name is Maria, and I am a Bulgarian living in Vienna, Austria. I want to take you on a journey around all the amazing places and things worth visiting and experiencing in my homeland - Bulgaria.

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