Page update: 01 January 2000


A 16km bus ride to the northwest of Velingrad, Yundola is a small health resort 1390m above sea level, set amid rounded hills and copses of trees. It used to be a popular rest-home for trade unionists and Young Pioneers, but is chiefly remarkable for its inhabitants' longevity. The prevalence of centenarians in Bulgaria is ascribed to features of life in the highlands.

Human longevity is supposedly extended by pure air, climatic extremes, a lack of stress, and a spartan diet with little meat and plenty of yoghurt.