Mike Beddows skiing in Pamporovo 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2002

Mike Beddows skiing in Pamporovo 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2002

Photos and comments by Mike Beddows from UK

This was mine and my wife's first ever skiing holiday. Previously we had only skiied a bit on dry slopes and once on real snow at Tamworth. We could only snow plough turn before this holiday. Within 2 days we could parallel turn and stop. We chose Bulgaria because of how cheap it is compared to other European destinations. We chose Pamporovo because of the 5 stars hotel Pamporovo and the fact it looked an excellent resort in the brochure. Plus a friend at work had previously visited." The flight there was OK. We flew by Hemus air. Returning by Balkan holidays flight (the new airline). Both planes were OK. I'm 6 foot 4 so I asked for extra legroom. On the way out I got a seat in row 29 at the very back of the plane. I recommend this for you long / tall people. I was able to fully stretch out. On the way back I got a seat next to the emergency exist. Again, plenty of leg room. The food is OK on the flight. Dont expect too much. There was no duty free at all on the plane, and we only got one drink throughout the flight, so it may be worth taking a few drinks and snacks on board with you. The airport at Plovdiv was a nightmare but it is only a small airport. We had to wait for ages to get through passport control, and then wait ages in a small teminal waiting for our luggage. The coach journey to Pamporova took 1 hours. The hotel Pamorova is excellent and if you're going there you will enjoy it. Its got a very warm cosy atmosphere. Its the only 5* in Pamporova. We visited 2 other hotels, the Mougrats, a 4*, I didnt particularly like the layout, it seemed very cold (but I didnt stay there so can't comment) and the Perelik (the 3*). This seemed to be the largest hotel with the most facilities and seemed OK inside. From the Pamporova Hotel it is a 700 meter walk to the resort center (or a 5 lev cab ride under ??2). The best bars to go to are BJs and the White Hart pub. Both have cheap booze. ??1 a pint, cheap cocktails (which have loads of booze in) or 1 lev a shooter. About the food in the Pamporova - it all depends on what type of foods you like. I'll try anything whether I know what it is or not. My wife on the other hand will only eat things that look good and that she know what it is. Looking at some of the buffet food you have no idea what it is. That's not a problem because theres always a woman near by to guide you to what you are eating. There is lots of salad type starters and 2 different kinds of soup. For the main meal there's a good selection (inc veggie food) to include fish, meats (mainly pork, veal and lamb), chips, rice, pizza etc, with a variety of cakes to finish. don't worry you wont starve. I actual enjoyed the food with the wife thinking it was just OK. It all depends on your palette. We took thermals but didnt need them. There is a ski bus to take you from your hotel to the slopes and back again (the slopes are about a 5 min bus ride). The ski school is excellent. We had an instructor called Nasko. We learnt a lot from him. On the first day (we were with Balkan holidays) we were asked if we had skied before. Those that had were sent to the nursery slope, those that hadnt were split into groups and went away with their instructors. We went to the nursery slopes. We were there for about 40 mins until everyone from Balkan holidays had got sorted. We were then asked to go down the nursery slope one at a time and then split into groups. We were in a group of 6 (plus the instructor). All could snow plough turn only. By the second day we could parallel ski. The week got better and better. We had lunch on the slopes every day (very cheap). The ski school ran from 10-12 and then 2-4 (but these are only rough times). Its really up to the group and the instructor. Things to take lip balm (lips get chapped easily). A piece of elastic for the ski pass (you can buy ski holders for 6 lev locally but I was scared that mine may get lost, a piece of elastic round the neck was good enough for us. Some proper bog roll, the stuff in the hotels was crap. Some hang over cures. The Bulgarians dont seem to know what measures in drinks are (which is great!!!!). An alarm clock, I asked for 3 wake up calls and got none. We had an excellent time for our first time skiing and will definitely be doing it again next year. Pamporova is EXCELLENT. ENJOY and see you next year. You will have a great time!!!!!"
     
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas mentira.la comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
  • Juglena Bankova From Bulgaria
    Sent on 13 May 2016
    Nie byakhme tam na Velikden i pisha malko kŭsno. No vpechatleniata sa ni poveche ot prekrasni! Velikolepna kuhnia (ne savetvat jenite na dieta, da hodiat za poveche ot tri dni, zashtoto yastiyata sa neustoimi, vkusni i ogromni)! Great stil! I mnogo priaten personal!(osobeno damata v restoranta) Pozdravleniya !
  • ger99 From turkey
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    We loved it. Had a perfect 2 bedroom apartment modern, clean new renovated With view to slope. Perfect location in pamporovo as central ski in ski out. Friendly staff, not ovr crowded relaxed athmosphere. our friends (group with total of 7 rooms) all very happy! It is away from city center but close to bowling and 2 nice reaturans.
  • ashley hensman From uk
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    Flora is a lovely hotel clean in a great location and the food was good just make sure you use the safes.
  • Enjoy ski From UK
    Sent on 27 February 2015
    Just came back from Sevlievo in Bulgaria. Drove up to Hotel Impulse in Uzana where I hired skis, boots and poles for myself and two children for just 17 levs for adult and 10 levs each child and used the hotel ski slope 5 levs each. Perfect for the kids first time as parking right at entrance to hotel and slope is 20m walk! Food in restaurant tasty and cheap. Perfect for beginners!
  • Charlotte Hennessy From england
    Sent on 23 February 2015
    WOW, thats all i can say about the previous week of my life. The snow conditions were amazing and the people were so friendly. The night life was always active and the rila hotel was especially fantastic. I loved the accommodation at the rila and i loved the way it is right on the slope. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the holiday and i would recommend this resort to everyone including beginners and experts. Overall, i had an amazing time!!!
  • Brian mcvey From Scotland
    Sent on 20 February 2015
    Going to borovets for 2nd time this time with my son. Had a great time 4 years ago, now with park I expect it to be a lot better now and it was brill last time round. 20 days and counting
  • Lasse WP From Denmark
    Sent on 15 February 2015
    We just had a wonderful trip to Pamporovo. We were a group of 10 adults, and 3 small children (1 to 3 years old), who stayed at the Castle complex, in 4 apartments, for a week (7 days stay, 6 days skiing) Everything at the Castle was great, and the staff was very forthcoming and helpful in every way. The apartments were very practical, and equipped with all necessities. Not luxurious, but really good and adequate in size and layout. You should note though, that towels are not changed every day. Towels are not needed to bring to the spa area and treatments. The food at the Excalibur restaurant was typical for the area, and well prepared. The staff at the restaurant is also great. The Castle complex is situated 2-3 km. from Ski center 2 (Malina). It is of course easiest if you are driving, but there are shuttles from the hotel to the ski center and lift. Ski in-/out is possible at the backside of the complex. We had booked ski- and snowboard packages, and that worked out perfectly as well. The snowboard instructor was a true professional. Patient and very focused on making sure that all of us learned the moves, at our own individual pace. Everyone had a great time, and learned a lot. The area was perfect for us, as we are all beginners on snowboards. Had we been on skies, I suspect the terrain would not be challenging enough for an entire week. We can definitely recommend Pamporovo, and the Castle complex, and will be back next year.
  • james From england
    Sent on 05 February 2015
    Lovely apartments bang on yasterbets slopes. Great spa and swimming pool and cheaper prices than borovets for food and beer. Best hotel and facilites in borovets
  • Jayne Gay From England
    Sent on 25 January 2015
    Just got back from Bansko what a fabulous week. A party of 6 which includes our daughter's aged 20-24 and the night life for them was great. No long queues, food good and we cannot wait for next year!
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