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Borovets

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Borovets is a ski resort in the Bulgarian Shopluk on the slopes of the Rila mountain range.

Get in[edit]

Borovets is 73 km from the Bulgarian capital of Sofia and 125 km from the second largest city of Plovdiv.

Sofia, the closest airport, is served by a number of budget airlines including Wizz Air and Easyjet among others. If booked early, you can pick up a really cheap deal. Also, British Airways and Bulgaria Air can offer extremely good deals and provide more comfort. Lufthansa have several daily flights to Sofia, with connections from many countries through Munich Airport or Frankfurt Airport. Most hotels are fully prepared to provide transfer services with booking.

Holidays to this area can also be arranged via tour operators with package holidays available from a variety of companies including Crystal, First Choice and Balkan Holidays.

By public bus[edit]

By far the cheapest option but a little more difficult than a direct transfer as there’s not yet direct public transport between Sofia and Borovets. Take a bus from Sofia, Bus Station South (Avtogara Yug) to Samokov (one hour) and then a minibus to Borovets (20 minutes). Minibuses from Samokov leave every 30 to 45 minutes between 07:00 and 19:00. Borovets has no bus station; minibuses from Samokov stop outside Borovets’ Hotel Samokov. The trip costs around 14 lev all up.

Get around[edit]

Map of Borovets

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Skiing. The ski area in Borovets is split in two; a smaller area with runs down into the main resort is serviced by 2 chairlifts and a number of drag tows and consists of nursery slopes; a couple of short black runs; 1 long blue run and a number of short reds. The second ski area is accessible via a Gondola and is much larger with a number of long blue and red runs. Black slopes are available at this resort but it must be noted that despite the high quality of the red and black runs this resort is considered to be mainly for beginners and intermediates. The resort has several good ski schools and a wide range of apres-ski activities.
  • Snowboarding. Snowboarders share the same area as the general skiers and have a wide range of slopes available to them.
  • Ski-dooing.
  • Cross country Ski. The only resort in Bulgaria to offer this interesting activity.

Eat[edit]

Most restaurants on the pistes are relatively expensive (by local standards) and average quality. Some however do offer very good food.

  • Alpin Restaurant. Here you can sample tasty European and Bulgarian national cuisine specialties until midnight. In summer, you can spend time relaxing in the garden, cooled by the fresh air from the waterfall and cascades. There is also an outdoor barbecue where the chef will prepare specialties, grilled on live coals, right in front of you.
  • La Bomba a local grill restaurant, with tasty and reasonably priced food. Try pork on the spit roast and the local bread, baked with butter and salt.
  • The Blue Steak House/restaurant in the center of the town, great steak and other dishes.
  • 1 Yastrebets Stone Hut (from the top station of Yastrebets gondala it is 50 m on left towards main ski area, down a failry long set of stairs). A traditional mountain hut that offers good local cuisine. Indoor and outdoor seating. Accommodation is also available.

Drink[edit]

There are many bars and restaurants in the resort where you and eat and drink to excess until the early hours.

  • The Golden Chicken aka Bobby's Bar A place to grab a beer and talk about a day on the slopes. Predominantly English speaking. Everybody seems to be friendly and up for a chat so if you're after a good social experience or any info on the area this is a place to start. Has a couple of quiet periods between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and about 16:00 when people start to roll in off the slopes.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Rila. A large hotel refurbished in 2016 on the lower slopes; rooms are comfortable and clean. The hotel has a swimming pool and a large lobby bar. The food provided in the restaurant (in the season anyway) is not to be recommended, although this isn't a huge problem as there are a number of reasonably priced places to eat in the town. Lower rooms on the ski slope side can be noisy because of the late night bars.
  • Bor. The original hotel of Borovets, but interior is modern and comfortable with a mini bar, restaurant, games room and lounge. Prices at the bar are significantly lower than that of the main Rila hotel, and rooms are usually offered at half-board allowing for a buffet system breakfast and dinner. The area around the Bor is scenic and quiet, however the Bor hotel is outside of the main Borovets area, so allow 15 minutes walking time (between leaving the hotel and arrival at the slopes) or put aside 10 lev for a horse-drawn carriage ride which can be found outside the lobby's main entrance.
  • Iskar Hotel & Chalets. Small, modern family run complex with a hotel and 5 chalets on the outskirts of Govadertsi village. It has its own ski run nearby and is about a 30-minute transfer to Borovets. The rooms are all nicely decorated in a modern style, each has an ensuite and the majority have balcony views of the Rila Mountains. There is a large dining room and lounge with real log fire and bar. It's a really relaxed environment. The hotel is half board, with breakfast and a three course evening meal each night, prepared by a British cook. The family that own the place also organise all your transport and ski hire, and are really knowledgeable of the local area so able to help organise other activities. It's ideal for big groups and families, and the quiet rural setting can be a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Borovets at night. There is room for up to 30 people and they offer group discounts.
  • Villa Stresov, Sitnyakov Ski Lift Rd. and Hwy. 82. Villa Stresov was rebuilt in 1996 as Borovets' only five-star villa by the Marianne Djidrova Nielsen, a granddaughter of the Stresovs, now living in Chicago, Illinois with her husband Philipn. While only 600 meters from the center of Borovets and ski lifts, the villa is secluded among towering pines at the foot of Mt. Musala. Each of the Villa's four upstairs bedrooms can be rented individually, or the entire Villa is available for up to ten adults. There is a landscaped garden in the back, with a building for a six person hot tub, and another large BBQ house. A gazebo sits in the back corner overlooking the gardens.
  • 2 Euphoria Club Hotel & Spa, Shiroka Polyana 216, 2010 Borovets, Samokov, Bulgaria, +359 75099100, e-mail: . A modern alpine style luxury hotel. It is in a forest away from the main resort. Food in the restaurant is pretty good. It has an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor Jacuzzi. Transport to and from town is available for those without cars. There is an underground car park. Wireless internet is high speed.

Go next[edit]

  • Samokov - another major tourist center for winter sports
  • Semkovo - go skiing


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