municipality is situated in the
Its territory is located in a region with comparatively preserved nature and significant biologic and landscape variety, which in combination with the available recreation resources in the municipality and the neighbouring municipalities is a
considerable potential for the development of alternative types of tourism. Via
III-class road connection Pazardjik – Velingrad, passing through the western
part of the municipal territory it is connected with the internal part of the
country and quick tracks of Trakia and
Natural resources potential
The availability of beautiful and preserved natural environment favours the development of “soft” types of tourism (educational, ecotourism etc). Agriclimatic conditions, permit growing of agricultural crops, characteristic for mountain and semi-mountain conditions. The considerable water resources of surface and underground waters favour the development of short weekly resting and fishing tourism. The extremely rich forests and the good general status of forests resources in the municipality, has an important economic, water protective, anti erosion and recreation significance.
In 2005, the municipality’s population numbers 15620 people, 7866 of which are women.
Due to the fact that two of three municipality settlements are towns (Rakotovo and Kostadinovo), the urban population is predominant. Positive characteristic of the municipality’s demographic development is that there is a tendency for birth growth in the last years.
There is an increase in young people motivation in the municipality for increasing their qualification and educational level, due to the understanding of the advantages of higher educational degree for searching and finding jobs.
After the year 2000, an increase of companies’ net incomes from sales is noted, which fact is an indication for economic stabilization. The presence of small factories in the municipality is a prerequisite for higher adaptation and flexibility of the local economy towards the challenges of market economy. Relative macroeconomic stability of small enterprises is a fact in the municipality. In the municipality’s territory there is:
Ø availability of considerable labour resources with traditions in agrarian sector, forestry wood cutting and wood processing industry, light and foodstuff industry.
Ø availability of free terrains for investments;
Ø availability of educated and enterprising young people;
Ø considerable potential for development of forestry and non timber forest products gathering (herbs, wild fruits, mushrooms, game, fish etc);
Ø strong control over the illegal cutting of forests;
The available natural and anthropogenic tourist resources are prerequisite for the development of soft types of tourism mainly – eco- and rural tourism, educational, cultural tourism etc. The comparative nearness to other significant tourist sites in the district allows some local sights to be included in common regional routes.
It is declared as a reserve with Ministry of Forests and Forest Industry’s Ordinance ¹ 960, dated 8.VI.1968. The target is preservation of biotypes of wood-grouse capercailzie. Century old virgin coniferous forests and trees, older than 40 years can be found in Mantaritsa.
The reserve is situated in the West Rhodopes (41 58' N and 24 2 E) in the land of the town of
“Ostrata skala (Sharp rock)” – natural phenomenon, located north-east from the village of Dorkovo.
field in Dorkovo village is a natural phenomenon, announced with Environmental
Committee’s Ordinance 90, dated 31st of January 1990. There are deposits of
bones (skeletons) of mammals, mainly mastodonts and hiparions, located in the
“The clock tower” . The tower has two parts with stone masonry, height of 18.60 m, wall thickness of 80 cm. Rakitovo clock tower is a historical monument of national significance.
The remnants of Tsepina fortress are situated 5 km northwest from the
Christian Church in “Nikolitsa” area. It originated in V – VI century. IThe church
was existing till 17th century, and was destroyed. Since 1923, a
small chapel, called “St. Nikolas” was built. The basilica is connected with
the culture of local Thracian tribe – besi – and is equal by plan to “St.
Sofia” basilica in the town of
Labour force and labour market
The employment policy of Rakitovo municipality complies with the requirements for adequacy to European and world standards, reflected in the European Strategy for Employment and its priorities, the recommendation of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD) and other international organizations.
The municipality is characterized by greater share of population in under active age, compared to the average for the state, the planned region and the district.
The unemployment level deceased in half after 2000. Different projects for encouragement of employment and in the social facilitation sphere are under development, aiming to decrease the high social price of transition period.
Technical infrastructure condition
Railway and road
transportation are developed in the municipality. The density of road network
is only 35 km/100sq.km. Road connections with the district center and
neighbouring municipality centers are well developed. Part of district and regional transportation traffic
from and to
Natural environment in the municipality territory is clean and preserved. The general status of environmental components is good – there are no territories and sites, referred to the 14 “hot ecological spots” in the country. There are no big enterprises, deteriorating the air, waters and soils in the municipal territory. The ecological condition of soils allows practicing of biological agriculture and production of ecologically clean products, complying with the European standards. No deterioration of radiation situation is observed in the district. The municipality has gained significant experience in development and fulfillment of different projects and programs within the scope of rational utilization of natural resources and environmental protection.
The variety of natural environment and availability of varied territorial structure permits multifunctional and complex utilization of municipal territory. The considerable share of forests territories and territories with river flows and water objects favours the development of forestry and tourism. The existing large settlements in the municipal territory have potential for development and rich cultural life.