One of Bulgaria’s best spa towns, placid Devin is somewhat dated, though it does offer solitude, services and one or two cafe-bars. Still, it’s the kind of place where unworried mothers leave their baby carriages outside the shop while browsing, and the only noise you’ll hear at night is the far-off baying of hounds.
Devin’s famous for producing Bulgaria’s premier brand of bottled mineral water, and for its balneological resort; indeed, plenty of wealthy Sofians (driven in black Jeeps with tinted windows) frequently come for discreet, five-star luxury treatment. However, the slightly faded town hardly resembles a resort, and you can take in the waters inexpensively outdoors, hike the lovely local eco-path and stay in budget accommodation. Devin also makes a handy base for visiting nearby caves.