Miroslava Taskova - born in the town of Kyustendil (Bulgaria) in 1974. Graduated Secondary Education at the Kyustendil English Language School in 1993 and High Education, Master in History, at the St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University in 2000. Since 2006 she has been working at the Academician Yordan Ivanov Regional History Museum – Kyustendil as a Pulic Relations curator. She has implemented several projects both international and cross-border cooperation for valorization and promotion of the cultural and historical heritage of the Kyustendil region. She has participated in national conferences and has several publications.
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PRESENTATION TITLE Cultural and Natural Heritage of Kyustendil Town – Ground for Health, Wellness and Spa Tourism
Academician Yordan Ivanov Regional History Museum – Kyustendil, Bulgaria
The objective of the present report is to underline the potential of the town of Kyustendil as a recreational destination featuring its cultural and natural heritage. The contemporary opportunities for development of health, wellness and spa tourism ground on the natural resources of the town and its region that have befitted to its establishment as a settlement eight thousand years ago. The combination of favorouble climate conditions, fertile lands and, generally, the thermal springs have attracted different nations since the remote past and have provided the town’s glory as a balneological resort. Today, the knowledge of the antique time inherited from the Thracian and Roman civilizations regarding healthcare is a valuable source to improving both our physique and spirit. This knowledge is presented by the many cultural monuments and values from the Neolithic, Eneolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, Antiquity and Middle Ages. They can be seen all over the town and inside its museums. Along with the balneological facilities –spa hotels, open-air mineral water pools, public thermal baths, recreational services, pine-forest surroundings, mountain fresh air and eco paths, the Kyustendil cultural and natural heritage offers every visitor unforgettable memories and emotions.
Keywords: Cultural and natural heritage, Thermal water, Balneology.