The beauties of Borovets

Rugged snow-capped peaks and soft green slopes, thick forests and wild fruit, quick-flowing rivers and blue lakes, rare plants and game are all parts of Borovets winter resort.

The beauties of Borovets

Rugged snow-capped peaks and soft green slopes, thick forests and wild fruit, quick-flowing rivers and blue lakes, rare plants and game are all parts of Borovets winter resort, which hit the headlines recently after the royal wedding.

Many of the hoteliers and cottage owners said that facilities in the area were renovated and ready for the tourists. Borovets was traditionally popular with royalty, serving as a hunting place for them. Established at the end of the 19th century it gradually developed into a modern ski resort of high class and luxury hotels, haute-cuisine restaurants and varied leisure-time entertainment opportunities.

At 1350 m above sea level on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain among age-old pine woods, Borovets is located at the foot of Moussala peak, which is also the highest peak on Balkan Peninsula. Many tourist and ski addicts say the resort is attractive to them because it is close to Sofia and easily accessible. The Alpine resort among Bulgarian winter resort Borovets provides excellent opportunities for the whole range of winter sports like Alpine sports, cross-country skiing, ski-jumps and biathlon.

The ski runs of Borovets are located in three different regions starting off with two sub-regions, Sitniakovo and Martinovi Baraki. The difficult ski runs are used for slaloming while in their lower parts there are special runs for beginners.
The second region is called Yastrebets and it consists of three ski runs. And the third subdivision on the resort is Markudjika, which is the highest in the mountain at 2550 m above sea level.

There is entertainment for both children and adults in the more than 50 hotels of the resort and its numerous selection of pubs, restaurants and bars. Bulgarian folklore evenings are an exclusive attraction featuring lively centuries-old rhythms and dances while tasting native Bulgarian cuisine and world-famous Bulgarian wines.
The two taverns in Bor and Ela hotels offer typical Bulgarian cuisine and the local specialties in a genuine environment. Itineraries of ecological and alternative tourism are also organised in groups led by experienced guides. The organised trips lead to picturesque spots in the Rila Mountain like the Seven Rila Lakes, Maliovitsa Peak and Mussala Peak. To see the venue where the wedding of Kalina Saxe Coburg with Kitin Munoz was held, you can join the tour taken there. Officially the season kicks off in December. 

  • 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!!!
  • brownie From wales
    Sent on 02 March 2014
    Just returned from our first ski trip took a 6 day beginner course and our instructor was galia. She was such a lovely person and all the group enjoyed the week . The snow wasn't great but it was fine for us to learn upon.stayed at the hotel rila it is a 3star hotel but I must say the staff are awesome. It can be noisy if you are located in the studios as they face the street .people do party till the early hours and can be heard .if they can sort that out it would be even better I wonder what the police are doing .will return next year depending on snowfall.balkan holidays are a good to go with everthing was organise very well. the bulgarian people are extremely friendly. The chilli in bj's is worth a go.
  • terryhusher From England
    Sent on 08 January 2014
    I am having a wonderful time in Borovets. We are spending lots of time in The White Magic. Christo, Janet, Lora and Val are looking after us with Amazing Food and Drink and fun times. Jools and Mickey are top people, so glad to meet them. Thank you White Magic you are all magic x
  • Jools and Mickey From UK
    Sent on 31 December 2013
    On our way to Borovets on Saturday 4th. We are really looking forward to another week of skiing and socialising. Happy New Year to everyone who is out there.. let it Snow , let it snow let it snow! P.S just bought ski helmets ....makes sense! Get well soon Mr Schumacher we are thinking of you!
  • Steph From MALTA
    Sent on 04 March 2013
    Hi, we are arriving in Borovets on Friday 8th March 2013, how are the weather conditions? i've seen rain on some of the sites does that mean the slopes are going to be icy?
  • John & Julie From uk
    Sent on 10 January 2013
    Only a week to go and Borovets here we come..... Did complain earlier about the web cams not updating but hey they are working great now, snows looking good, can't wait to get back there and see all our friends.. Will be in my favourite bar (Bar Sunski) having a beer very soon....
  • Kimberley Walker From England
    Sent on 06 January 2013
    yes that's true. Best place is Nick's chalet. We had an absolutely fantastic time there. My family and I are definitely coming back!!
  • a group of 16 people from Manchester From England
    Sent on 29 October 2012
    Best place in Borovets is definitely Nick's chalet - Four Seasons. Trust me, we've been to many places but I haven't seen such a great chalet .It's so clean and breakfast is out of this world. Nick and Mariana will always help you. Nick organizes ski equipment, ski school (he's a very patient ski instructor)Restaurants around the chalet are much better and cheaper than those in Borovets. We are definitely coming back
  • Audrey Bonnici From Malta
    Sent on 27 March 2012
    Dear all, I m maltese and I visited Borovets last week in mid March 12. We stayed in Samakov hotel and we have very nice memories both in the hotel and in the skii resort... George is a very good skii tutor and he helped us all.. I would recommend skiing in borovetz and i wish to go there again soon.. aud
  • rayshaza From uk
    Sent on 26 February 2012
    just back from first ski holiday in borovets.had great time with great snow and scenery.our nine yr old son had an amazing time skiing same slopes as us in his lessons.sadly our five yr old daughter didnt have same experience.borosports (main ski school) only start lessons from 7yr so we had booked her into ski kindergarten,which for an aware 5 1/2yr old isnt ideal.we did get a private lesson for her and she was away,snow ploughing down the greens without a bother. otherwise great experience.Oh one other tip,make sure you take small domination in lev as the restaurants love to round things up and say they dont have change!!