Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the north of Blagoevgrad.
The American University in Bulgaria is a good spot to check out while you are in the area. Another is the Church Vavedenie Bogorodichno.
Don't restrict yourself to Blagoevgrad; this region features numerous cultural and scenic attractions which await the savvy traveler. Razlog, is 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northwest, and Bansko is situated 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northwest.
When it's time to spread your wings, why not visit the nearest regional center. Sofia is approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) away and is home to attractions such as Bulgarian Army Stadium, Sofia University and Council of Ministers Sofia. East Park Trade Centre, Vasil Levski Stadium and TZUM Central Department Store are also good spots for investigating before heading back to Blagoevgrad.
Take a trip to Bulgaria's history museums. These are great places to hang out, particularly on unpleasant days. When the weather is begging you spend the day outdoors, why don't you grab the chance to check out Bulgaria's street art?.
Get outside and get active in the area around Blagoevgrad. Try hiking or give snowmobiling a spin. Bulgaria is perfect to head outside and enjoy winter activities. When temperatures drop, hop into your snow gear and try snowboarding or skiing.
When the time comes to return to your friends at home, you'll be bidding this special place a sad Doviždane (farewell).