Blagoevgrad is the main city of Bulgarian Macedonia, a geographic region politically divided into three parts: Republic of North Macedonia, Greek Macedonia and Bulgarian Macedonia.
The city is located in the Struma river valley, at the foot of Rila Mountain (boasting the highest peak of the Balkan Peninsula, Musala at 2925 m).
It is home to two universities: the Southwest University and the American University in Bulgaria.
The workshop participants will have the unique possibility to visit this very special part of Bulgaria.
For those who would want to spend a bit more time in the area, there are several suggestions for sights here.
The Southwest University's Centre "Bachinovo" has a hostel on site with double rooms (that can be used as a single room).
Further details will be posted as they become available.
Blagoevgrad is located about 110 km south of Sofia, and is served by direct buses and trains to Sofia.
The distance to Thessaloniki, Greece is 195 km, but the train service has been suspended and buses are infrequent.
The Centre "Bachinovo" is located at the eastern end of the park Bachinovo along the river Bistritsa, about 6 km from the bus and railway stations.
The Centre is accessible by taxi from Blagoevgrad's bus and railway station.