Saturday, 21 July 2012 23:15
Borovets, the first and most famous Bulgarian mountain resort, is situated on the northern slopes of the Rila Mountain at an altitude of 1300 meters. The average temperature in January, the coldest month, is around +4,8° C. With its closeness to the capital city and its pleasant climate – cool and fresh summer and very snowy winter – the resort is the perfect destination for people who love to spend their holidays in the mountain.
The resort was established way back at the end of the 19th century, and was known as Chamkoria (Pine Forest) until the mid-20th century. The most distinguished people spent cool and fresh summers there, as well as winters hunting game. In 1960s and 1970s the resort expanded, large alpine-style hotels, as well as winter sports facilities were built and gradually Borovets transformed into a modern winter resort.
The skiing area of Borovets includes 24 trails with a total length of over 58 km, cross-country skiing tracks, biathlon, night skiing facilities and a winter park for children. There are 12 lifts and tow-lifts in total. They are modern, well-maintained, and have excellent capacity. The trails are situated in three regions: Sitnyakovo – Martinovi baraki (Martin’s Huts), Markudzhik, and Yastrebets. They have varying difficulty levels and are suitable for beginners, advanced and expert skiers. For night skiing there is a special lift pass that has to be bought separately at the kiosks on the pistes. It is valid from 5 pm till 10 pm.
Snow equipment keeps the snow in perfect condition. The ski season begins in mid-December and ends in April.
Skiing and snowboarding lessons are offered at the resort. The instructors are highly-qualified and globally acclaimed. Both group and individual lessons are offered.
During the warm months of the year a special bicycle park offers excellent conditions for keen cyclists with over 20 marked tracks of various difficulty levels.
The hotels and accommodations in Borovets are numerous and vary from luxurious hotels to cozy cabins with saunas. In addition there are many private villas in Borovets with an assigned star category that also offer accommodation.
Borovets is the starting point of many hiking trails in Rila Mountain. Most popular among tourists is the hiking trail leading to Musala Peak, the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula standing at 2925 m above mean sea level.
The resort provides good conditions for pleasant relaxation and you will have everything you need there including shops, pharmacies, currency exchanges, banks, ATMs, medical services, etc.