A weekend on Mount Vitosha

A weekend on Mount Vitosha

BNR, Lina Ivanova, Radostin Zhelev

A weekend on Mount Vitosha Sofia is the only European capital, where one can go skiing on the public transport. The nearby Mount Vitosha is one of the city emblems and a very attractive place of choice for winter tourism. Snow in the highest altitudes remains for nearly half a year, and true summer weather is there only in the months of July and August. Mount Vitosha is a typical example of climatic inversion, i.e. whenever it is damp and overcast in Sofia, the sun shines brightly and the weather is warm on Mount Vitosha. There are quite many accommodation facilities. Mount Vitosha is the most frequently visited Bulgarian mountain. Sofia residents love it and regard it as part of the city skyline, and their attitude is richly rewarded by the excellent ski runs and magnificent vistas. The four parts of Mount Vitosha occupy an area of 278 sq. km. The most famous, Aleko skiing centre, lies in the Northern part. Mount Vitosha spreads all the way to Mount Lyulin to the Northwest. The Southwestern part is the largest and yet the least frequented. It borders on Mount Verila. It is home to Bulgarias longest reaching cave, Duhlata, as well as the karst spring natural phenomenon near the village of Bosnek. To the East rises Mount Plana. The Eastern part is also where some of the highest peaks are. The latter offer excellent conditions for rock climbing. The Bistrishko branishte natural reserve occupies the Eastern part of the mountain. Cherni Vruh, or Black peak, with its 2 290 m, makes Mount Vitosha the fourth highest in Bulgaria. There are no lakes in Mount Vitosha, but the river Struma, one of Bulgarias longest rivers. The mineral springs on Sofias outskirts Knyazhevo, Boyana, Simeonovo are huddled in the folds of Mount Vitosha. A mountain trail leads to the spectacular Boyana waterfalls, whose waters fall from a 40m high vertical rock. In winter months the waters freeze and form weirdly shaped icicles. Not far from there is situated the famous Boyana Church, a UNESCO protected cultural heritage monument. The church dates to 11th-12th century A.D. The Aleko skiing centre is the best opportunity for the lovers of winter sports. There one can practise skiing, snowboarding or trekking in the Vetrovala and Konyarnika localities. There are several schools for beginners and advanced skiers. Mount Vitosha offers also excellent opportunities for trekking. The biggest tourist chalet, Aleko, offers accommodation to 100 people and enjoys tremendous popularity with holidaymakers. The total length of the ski slopes on Mount Vitosha amounts to 29 km, the longest of them being 5 km long alone. There are six tow-lift facilities, 4-open-air cable cars and one cable-carriage car. The Visitors Centre on Mount Vitosha offers excellent opportunities for nature-friendly education and activities.
     
  • 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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