An amazing resort nestled up high on Rila Mountain, Borovets is one of the best places to experience skiing in 2018. Providing great conditions for as many snow sports as you can think of, this amazing Bulgarian resort is more than suitable for all levels, whether you’re trying to learn from scratch or striving for some personal bests. The modern resort in Borovets is so much more than just a haven for skiing though; it also has some first-class restaurants, bars and accommodation.
If you were thinking that a holiday in the snow here was your only option when deciding to visit Borovets, think again. After the ski season winds down in April, a number of other exciting and thrilling options pop up in its place. With a plethora of hiking tours, bike trails and opportunities for mountaineering, Borovets has many strings to its bow. A perfect place for some teambuilding exercises with work, a family escape or some much needed scenery, this Bulgarian treasure has plenty to offer. A haven for the active, Borovets is a destination you won’t forget in a hurry.
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There’s no doubting Borovets’ crowning jewel is its amazing reputation and history for all things sporty in the snow. Whether traditional skiing is your bag or you’re more in the mood to try your hand at a more modern iteration like night-skiing, snowboarding, ski-jumping, biathlon or even skidoo, whatever your speed, Borovets will more than deliver. Situated at 2600m above sea-level, the resort also provides some absolutely stunning vistas of the breath-taking natural scenery on offer, scenes so beautiful that you’ll even take note of them while zooming down the mountain at speeds of 20mp/h. The total length of the ski pistes on offer is 58 km, so there’s plenty of variety. The ski runs vary in difficulty and are grouped in 3 different ski centres: pistes of Sitnyakovo – Martinovi Baraki region; 4 pistes of Markudjik region and 3 pistes of the Yastrebets region. The best ski slopes are those of Yastrebets ski centre where all winter sports competitions take place.
During the off-season there are a number of other options for thrill-seekers to choose from and the capital city of Sofia is just 72 km away. With a huge list of tremendous scenery and local attractions like Rila Monastery, daytrip explorations around Borovets are just as memorable as a winter spent skiing.
Although not as well-known for its food as its skiing, dining in Bulgaria is a new experience which you are bound to enjoy. Ranging from traditional menus bursting with authenticity to international choices to make you feel as comfortable as if you never left home, the food in Borovets is both vast and impressive. Particular delicacies are a yoghurt and cucumber dish called Snezhanka, Greek salad-esque Shopska and delicious pita bread with succulently roasted meats. Dining in Bulgaria is familiar enough to feel comfortable but also adventurous enough to try a plethora of new things. A must-try after a day on the slopes is the hearty stew, a perfect end to the day’s cold conditions.
There aren’t many things in life better than teaching your children a new skill, and there aren’t a lot of skills to learn that are quite as exhilarating as skiing. With many slopes perfect for beginners, Borovets is a hospitable host for any kids wanting to learn at a young age. The surrounding mountain area is a beautiful landscape to explore and the ideal way to witness these sights are on the back of the horse. Treat the kids to an experience they’ll never forget as they see the natural vistas the way they were intended. If the children are a little older and seeking an adrenaline fix, why not visit the mountain bike park? Jam-packed with a number of ramps, jumps and trails, this park is sure to keep even the most reluctant teens interested.
Simply put, action and adventure are Borovets’ middle names. Looking at the long list of activities on offer in the resort, it is perhaps easier to list the exertions not available here due to sheer amount of active offerings. Whatever skiing you’re interested in, Borovets is the place to do it. But if you prefer your exercise to take place on a less white surface, mountain biking is a resort favourite and there are a number of exciting trails to navigate. If you’re after thrills on two legs rather than two wheels, than there are some exclusive hiking trails on offer too. Many resorts even offer guided half and full-day tours to ensure you see the very best of the area. In addition to this already huge list of activities, mountaineering is also a favourite in the area. With rock climbing and guided mountaineering offered throughout the area, a holiday to Borovets will fill your needed dose of adventure in no time.
Although not blessed with a beach itself, Borovets is the only winter centre in Bulgaria that offers a playground for beach sports. The resort boasts a sandy court perfect for beach volleyball, beach football or even beach tennis. This unique feature is situated in front of Rila Hotel and can be used by all guests of the resort.
Popular among all seasoned skiers, the nightlife in Borovets is a huge reason why so many people return to the resort after their initial visit. Starting your night at the bottom of town, near the Samokov Hotel, you can find many of the drinks you’re used to plus a couple of local favourites. Venues like Buzz Bar and BJs are favourites for visitors and sure to be a great meeting point for when you’re in a socialising mood. A weekly pub crawl organised by resort workers is the sure-fire best way to experience the varied nightlife on offer. Just because you’re here for an active holiday, don’t forget that fresh mountain air is nature’s best hangover cure. For those who prefer a quieter evening, the slopes are also available to explore at night from 6pm with a valid night pass.
Summer or winter, picnics among natural scenery are one of the best ways to rekindle a romantic spark, and Borovets has a huge number of spots more than capable of creating an unforgettable experience for couples. Whether you rent out some bikes for the day and find an isolated spot away from the main trails, or simply set up camp within the resorts luxurious setting, you’re sure to find something to suit you. As a modern resort, there are a number of spas, wellness centres and pools to experience in Borovets. Why not grab a relaxing couples’ massage after a long day on the slopes?
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Rila Mountain, Borovets is an amazing ski resort surrounded by a venerable pine forest that simply needs to be seen to be believed. A rich history of activity on both skis and foot has made the region’s culture become almost intangibly connected with adrenalin-seekers. Hearty food and a healthy bar scene also contribute to Borovets gaining a reputation for a place that parties just as hard as it skis. Undoubtedly most popular during the winter season of December-April, the most popular month to visit is in January where the air is clean and clear throughout.