Southwest Bulgaria is in Bulgaria.
- Melnik (Мелник) - sample wonderful red wines from the region, see the sand pyramids, and take the long hike to Rozhen Monastery
- Bansko (Банско) - a beautiful old town in the Pirin mountains with refurbished homes, stone wall, and cobblestone streets, but increasingly being overtaken by resort hotels, as Bansko is a major ski destination in South-East Europe. The highest peak of Pirin Mountain (Vihren - 2916m) is at a day's walk from the city. In the middle of August, the Bansko Jazz Festival  is held here. Not far away from Bansko, there are hot-water mineral springs, located at the villages of Banya (Баня) and Ognianovo (Огняново).
- Semkovo (Семково) - a mountain resort 17 km to the north of the town of Belitsa. It’s situated south of the main ridges of the Rila Mountains, nestling in a wide field among pine forests.
- Velingrad (Велинград) - The city is surrounded by the Rhodope Mountains. There are more than 70 mineral springs nearby, making it the city with the most mineral springs in a country rich with these vital waters.