The district center is situated in the South Western part of Bulgaria, in the outskirts of the Rilla Mountain, 120 km away from Sofia. Its population is 71 000 inhabitants. It emerged as a trade, craftsmen's and cultural centre in the Renaissance.
The region of Blagoevgrad includes parts of three of the biggest Bulgarian mountains - Rila, Pirin and the Rhodopes. Picturesque lakes and roaring rivers provide the region with pure, fresh spring water. The names of the local rivers Bistritsa, Glazene, Struma and Mesta echo in the songs and the folklore of the region. The Blagoevgrad municipality has an ample supply of pure mineral water, river systems and lush mountain forests. The landscape is varied and beautiful.
The city of Blagoevgrad is the major city in the region and one the most important economic and cultural centers in Southwest Bulgaria. The main international routes connecting Bulgaria with Greece and Bulgaria with the Republic of Macedonia pass through it. The physical characteristics combine to make Blagoevgrad the largest and most important town in southwestern Bulgaria.
Now it is a university center of well-developed food-processing, tobacco processing, electrotechnical, textile and shoe industries. The Rilla Monastery is not far away from the city. It is the largest monastery in Bulgaria and dates back to the 10th century. The towns of Sandansky and Petrich are situated in the territory of the district, located in the outskirts of the Pirin and Belassitza Mountains. They are known as balneological resorts. Vegetable and tobacco growing, orchards and vineyards are typical for the landscape and occupation of the people living in that region.
- Bus schedule Sofia-Blagoevgrad