Blagoevgrad (blägôˈĕvgrät) [key], city (1993 pop. 72,853), SW Bulgaria, is a farming region known especially for its tobacco. The city has one of the largest tobacco-fermentation factories in the Balkans. In Thracian times a settlement was established around the warm mineral springs that still attract visitors to Blagoevgrad. The city is named for Dimiter Blagoev, founder of the Bulgarian Communist party.