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Kostenets
Костенец
—  Town  —
Kostenets is located in Bulgaria
Kostenets
Location of Kostenets (town)
Coordinates: 42°18′N 23°52′E / 42.3°N 23.867°E / 42.3; 23.867
Country  Bulgaria
Province (Oblast) Sofia
Municipality Kostenets
Government
 - Mayor Ivo Todorov
Elevation 494 m (1,621 ft)
Population (13.09.2005)
 - Total 9,962
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2030
Area code(s) 07142

Kostenets (Bulgarian: Костенец) is a town in Sofia Province in southwestern Bulgaria, and the administrative centre of the Kostenets Municipality (which also contains a separate village of Kostenets). The town is situated at the foot of Rila Mountain, about 70 km (43 mi) southeast of the city of Sofia.

The average monthly and annual air temperature at daylight varies from minus 4.2îÑ (January) to 16.1îÑ (July). The abundance of mineral springs is one of the special characteristics of the region. The spa resort of Momin Prohod is proved specialized centre for rehabilitation and recreation and attracts many visitors. The spa resorts Villas Kostenets, Pchelinski bani, and the village of Kostenets are near the town.

The favourable climatic factors, the unique combination of the thermal mineral water resources with the immediate proximity to the resort of Borovets and the country's capital, and the natural and historical sights provide a potential for all-the-year-round tourism, recreation and sport.

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