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Simitli is located in Bulgaria
Location of Simitli
Coordinates: 41°53′N 23°7′E / 41.883°N 23.117°E / 41.883; 23.117
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Apostol Apostolov
Elevation 323 m (1,060 ft)
Population (2005-09-13)
 - Total 7,454
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 2730
Area code(s) 0748

Simitli (Bulgarian: Симитли) is a small city in Blagoevgrad Province in southwestern Bulgaria. It has a population of 7,454 and is located 13 km south of Blagoevgrad.



Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God

The village of Simitli lies at the crossroads for the turn to Bansko and Pirin Mountains off the Sofia-Thessaloníki E-79. Geographical locations of note are the Komatinski Cliffs between Brestovo and Sushitsa, the Kresna Gorge of the Struma River, and the foothills of the Pirin Mountains at Senokos.


Simitli lies on E-79 which connects Sofia to the Greek Border. Simitli is also part of the Bulgarian State Railways network from Greece to Sofia. Simitli is also the intersection of E-79 and the road to Bansko and the Pirin Mountains.


Some of the best whitewater rapids in the Balkans can be on the Struma river in the Kresna Gorge. The rafting and kayaking season is from April to July and there is guided rafting every weekend. Simitli also part of the EuroCup circuit for the European Rafting Federation every year. One the second weekend every January, there is a Kukeri or Surva festival held in the local stadium by E-79 which rivals Razlog and Pernik's own Kukeri Festivals.


Simitli is the administrative centre of Simitli municipality (part of Blagoevgrad Province), which includes the following eighteen places:

  • Brezhani
  • Brestovo
  • Cherniche
  • Dolno Osenovo
  • Dokatichevo
  • Gorno Osenovo
  • Gradevo
  • Krupnik
  • Mechkul
  • Polena
  • Poleto
  • Rakitna
  • Senokos
  • Suhostrel
  • Sushitsa
  • Troskovo
  • Simitli
  • Zheleznitsa

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