Pautalia – the Roman name of Kyustendil – was founded early in the 2nd century. It was located on an important route through the Balkans and became the administrative, economic and cultural centre within the territory. Because of the favourable conditions in Pautalia, the people worshipped Asclepius, the God of Medicine and Healing. In his honour, the sanctuary “Asclepion“ was built. The Roman baths are a part of this complex and were one of the most impressive buildings back in the days.
Pautalia Thermal Bath
When in Kyustendil, a visit to the ancient Roman thermal baths is an absolute must! The Pautalia thermal bath is one of the most interesting monuments from Roman times in Bulgaria, uniting different building techniques and architectural styles. Today still, the combination of beneficial mineral waters, mild climate and beautiful scenery will leave you relaxed and recovered – Kyustendil’s wellness promise to you!
Travel in Time
The regional historical museum of Kyustendil might be small but is still very impressive. It disposes of more than 100,000 exhibits that tell the rich past of Kyustendil. You will be surprised to learn how many different ancient civilizations have left their traces in the city! Another major sight is the fortress “Hissarluka”, just outside of the city. It was built at the end of the 4th century and is one of the most significant fortresses in Bulgaria.
Enjoy natural attractions
Kyustendil is surrounded by wide mountain ranges with well-marked trails that invite to long hiking tours, bike rides or walks. What better way to take in the beautiful scenery and many natural attractions? Our tip: The 3-day cultural-tourist route “Kyustendil Region, Centre of Ancient Cultures” covers many important architectural, artistic and historical monuments in and around Kyustendil from the 7th century BC until the present day.
How to get to Kyustendil
By Airplane: International airports: Sofia (SOF), appr. 110 km. Further airports: Plovdiv (PDV) approx. 250 km, Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, Macedonia (SKP) approx. 120 km
Transfer: We recommend car rental from the airport
what to see
Roman baths, Hissarluka fortress, Regional Historical Museum, Dervish Bath, Chifte Banya (bath), Natural Park Hissarlaka, Iron Bridge, medieval “Pirkova Tower”, churches, Art Gallery "Vladimir Dimitrov ", 3-day tourist route “Kyustendil Region, Centre of Ancient Cultures”, Plovdiv (200 km), Sofia (86 km)