Berkovitsa is a small resort situated in Stara Planina Mountain (Balkan Mountain Range) in Bulgaria. The northern slopes of Berkovski Balkan are famous for its chestnut forests.

Berkovitsa resort


The town of Berkovitsa is situated in the northern foot of Berkovski Balkan (Western Balkan Range). It is 89 kilometers north from Sofia and 25 kilometers north of the Petrochan narrow. The largest part of the area is a hilly mountain terrain, very often cut through by ravines. The lowest point above sea level is in the village of Borovtsi - 250 metres, and the highest point is the Kom Peak - 2016 metres.

The northern slopes of Berkovski Balkan are famous for its chestnut forests - one of the few natural fields for chestnuts in Bulgaria.


Berkovitsa is an old settlement. This is proved by the remains of a fortress and a church from the 4th century, situated on the top of Kaleto hill. The town is famous from the time of king Kaloyan (the beginning of 13th century). The town is first mentioned in a written document from 1491. During the Ottoman rule it is developed as a craft center - mainly woodworking and pottery.

One of the famous historical monuments is the house museum “Ivan Vazov”. The house itself has interesting exterior and interior architecture with wood carving on the ceiling and original fireplaces. Permanent ethnographic exhibition is also shown in another architectural monument. The clock tower is remarkable for its huge size and beautiful upper part with old clock mechanism. It is built in 1762 and is one of the oldest still standing towers in Bulgaria.


The town is a starting position for marked tourism routes in the Berkovski Balkan range.

Kaleto is a forest hill (515) situated on the north - western part of the town. It is a natural forest park and protects Berkovitsa from the winds.

Roman remains from medieval fortress are also situated in the site.

The site Ashkilar is a romantic place south of the town, reaching the chestnut forests and is a great site for relaxation out in the nature.


Auto and rail transport connect Bercovitsa with the rest of the towns. There are regular bus lines to Sofia, Montana, Lom, Varshec and many others small towns in the region.

Places to go near Berkovitsa resort

Berkovitsa district features natural and architectural monuments.

- The waterfalls “Haidushki” are 2-3 m high waterfalls, situated on 9 km from Berkovitsa town in a lovely valley of “Goliama” river.

Unspeakable beauty veils this enchanted place with the small waterfalls, splashing down the mountain side.

- Also, worth visiting is the oldest church “Nativity of the Theotokos” with icons written by the well known painter Dimitar Zograf that have become part of the most prominent works of the Bulgarian Renaissance.

- Ethnografic museum,which is part of the 100 tourist sites of another cultural monument that deserves to be visited.

- The Art Gallery in the town preserves 1440 examples, seperated in different collections.

- The Klisura monastery is located on 9 km distance from Berkovitsa and is the 4th most visited monastery in Bulgaria, built in 1240.

Comments Berkovitsa

  • Liz From England
    Sent on 19 November 2017
    I went with my daughter January 2018. I was a cheap half board flights included and we wasn’t expecting much.... but what a fantastic week we had!! Stayed at the Lion hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk to the slopes/town. A free shuttle is provide by the hotel. The hotel and staff are lovely. The food was always varied and hot. My daughter and I are vegetarians and in only two nights were we disappointed with the choice - but we heaped up on pudding so didn’t go hungry. Am lucky enough to be going back in 2018.
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and was school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
  • RobJ From UK
    Sent on 01 January 2017
    Had a great week over xmas there - Hotel Lion was great, didn't see any lift queues but I did get there early. Easy blues for the most part, not loads for the advanced skier but great for beginners and families. I had more fun here than Chamonix last year at the same time. Bottom line ...manage your expectations... it is more than value for money but don't expect Whistler.
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas 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!!!
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