The favorable natural conditions and the healing mineral springs of Velingrad played an important role for the foundation of the city.
The name of the city comes from the woman-partisan Vela Peeva. In 1948 the city was founded from the merger of the three villages Kamenitsa, Ladzhene and Chepino.
Places to visit in Velingrad:
1. Kleptuza Karsts spring (located in the Chepino neighbourhood; many restaurants are open there).
2. Iundola Resort
3. Tsepina Fortress
4. Lepenitsa Cave
Famous people associated with the city:
1. Vela Peeva
2. Nikolay Gyaurov