Dospat is a town situated in the very south of Bulgaria, close to the Greek border, in Smolyan district (Rodopi Mountain). Dospat is a relatively young, proclaimed for a town in 1974. It is located 57 km from the winter ski resort of Pamporovo, 118 km from Plovdiv and 191 km from the capital city Sofia. The relief is represented by very rough terrain with a lot of steep hills and rocks. The spring comes late, followed by a cool summer and warm fall. Near the town is Dopsat Lake – the most significant landmark in the region, 18 km long, the second largest artificial lake in Bulgaria. It offers excellent conditions for fishing and trout breeding. Close to the town are the tourist sites of Dolen, Leshten, Kovachevitsa, Shiroka Luka, Velingrad, Batak and Smolyan. A lot of fishermen from Bulgaria gather in Dospat for the weekend to enjoy their hobby.
The local economy is directed towards potato production, woodworking and wood processing, and the light industry – textile industry (wool and shoe making). Tourism is not so much developed but it is supposed to pick up intensely in the forthcoming years. Unfortunately, there is no clear investment and development plan and there is not much invested to fix the infrastructure around Dospat Lake. Still, Dospat is a beautiful place, a mixture of virgin nature, century-old trees and the power of the mountain, it has a lot of potential to be fulfilled.