Conference Venue

XXII BCES Annual International Conference

Sandanski, Bulgaria 2 - 5 July 2024

Conference Venue

The XXII BCES Conference will be held in Sandanski, Bulgaria, in Interhotel Sandanski. The town of Sandanski is situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, about 165 km from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, 135 km from Thessaloniki, Greece, and 25 km from the Bulgaria-Greece border.

There are two options for transfer from Sofia Airport to Interhotel Sandanski:

  • Taking a taxi - participants may visit the websites of two taxi companies - and The usual one-way Sofia-Sandanski price is about 100 euro per car. Participants can communicate via BCES WhatsApp as to combine and share these costs. In case of arrival at Thessaloniki Airport and transfer to Sandanski, participants may contact the BCES organizers for details.
  • Taking a bus from Sofia Central Bus Station. Participants can take the metro (subway) from Sofia Airport to the Central Bus Station and then take a Sofia-Sandanski bus. The one-way bus ticket price is about 10 Euro. Participants may contact the BCES organizers for more details.

Interhotel Sandanski

Interhotel Sandanski is located in the center of Sandanski, just a few steps from the beautiful city park, the main shopping street and close to many cultural and historical places.

Interhotel Sandanski offers a large medical center for treatments and rehabilitation. The hotel has 285 rooms and suites, three restaurants, a lobby bar, a pool bar, and four conference rooms. The guests can use three mineral water pools, one of which is thermal with 38°C water.

Participants directly contact Interhotel Sandanski to book rooms.

While booking your room, please indicate that you are a BCES Conference participant!


GPS coordinates: 41.567978, 23.282570

Adress: Sandanski, 2800, str. Okolovrastno shose

Reservations Department:

phone: +359 746 / 311 65

mobile: +359 882 611 031


Marketing Department:

Mobile: +359 886 978 786

Tel.: +359 746 3 11 36


About Sandanski

The town is situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, on the southwestern slopes of the beautiful Pirin Mountains, along the lower reaches of the Sandanska Bistritsa river. Sandanski is a well-known spa resort destination, offering access to more than 80 mineral springs with temperatures between 42 and 81 degrees Celsius. The town is small, with a population of about 25000. Sandanski is among the oldest towns not only in Bulgaria, but also in the Balkans, and Europe. Because of the healing properties of the warm mineral waters and the climate, there is historical evidence showing that the first human settlements on the site of today’s town date back to the second millennium BC, in the Bronze Age, in the late 13th and early 12th centuries BC.

Some interesting places to visit nearby Sandanski are:


Heraclea Sintica

Rozhen Monastery

Rila Monastery

Mineral water - the wealth of Sandanski

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Sandanski town is popular for its mineral springs in the area. They are around 80. Since ancient times, mineral water has been an attractive force for people and is one of the reasons for the creation, development and prosperity of the town.

It is an officially recognized natural balneological center for the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system. The favorable climate in the area contributes a lot to this as well. It is located at the foot of the Pirin mountain and is located on both sides of the Sandanska Bistrica river. Visitors from Bulgaria and abroad choose Sandanski as a destination for vacation or treatment all year long.

The springs in the area have a temperature of 42-81°C. The mineralization of the water is low and varies around 0.57 – 0.69 g. The healing properties of the water are due to the rich chemical composition. Part of it are the following elements: boron, lithium, strontium, germanium and other metals. The water also contains hyperthermal, hydrocarbonate, sulfate, sodium, fluoride (F=4 -7 mg/l), metasilicic acid. The mineral waters in the area are clear, odorless and safe to drink.

One of the most visited places with mineral water is the fountain in front of Interhotel Sandanski. The easily accessible site is an iconic location for the town. It is located directly in front of the hotel, next to the bridge over the Sandanska Bistrica river, and behind it begins the "Sveti Vrach" park. The water temperature is around 76°C.

The mineral water at Interhotel Sandanski is used year-round in all pools around the hotel. Guests can swim in the indoor pool, which is semi-Olympic in size - 25M X 12.5M. Its water temperature is 30 - 32 °C. The two outdoor pools have temperatures of 30-32 °C and 36-38 °C.

Mineral water is used in all spa treatments and programs. The spa center is located on three levels and offers a sauna, steam bath and rooms for medical, spa and cosmetic procedures. Hydrotherapy, relaxation and healing programs and much more are available. A preferred spa treatment by hotel guests is the luxury experience, which includes a hot tub, ozone body scrub, thermal body mask, and an ozone finishing cream.

The balneological and medical center at Interhotel Sandanski is one of the first on the Balkan Peninsula. To this day, it is a preferred location for treatment by people with problems like: diseases of the upper respiratory tract: chronic rhinitis, sinusitis; non-specific lung diseases: chronic bronchitis, conditions after pneumonia or COPD; neuralgic indicators: plexitis, radiculitis, discopathy; skin allergy: urticaria, psoriasis; some kidney diseases and disorders of the digestive system.

The balneological complex at Interhotel Sandanski is recommended by specialists as a center for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis - generalized and post-fracture, diseases of the musculoskeletal system - arthrosis and arthrosis. Apparatus physiotherapy offers different procedures and methods of treatment according to the needs of the guest.