Borovets Ski Resort
Borovets is the oldest and most famous ski resort in Bulgaria. It's origins date back to the late 19th century when it was know as Chamkoria. Such is the beauty of the area that King Fredinand built the first royal hunting lodge in Borovets.
The resort is situated on the northern slopes of the Rila Mountain at an altitude of 1350 meters. Surrounded by the Rila national park the resort enjoys a breathtaking location huddled amongst age-old pine forests. Above the ski resort sits Mount Moussala (2925 m), the highest peak on the Balkans. Borovets is located only 72 km from Sofia and just 126 km from Plovdiv, which makes it the most most accessible of all the Bulgarian ski resorts.
From it humble beginnings as a hunting lodge it has developed into Bulgaria's premier ski resort and a popular year round location for both international and Bulgarian tourists.
In winter over 50 km of pistes and 25 km of cross county trails weave through the stunning scenery of the Rila mountains. Skiing and snowboarding is available for all levels with the added feature of several floodlit pistes to allow late night fun on the snow.
In the summer Borovets is just as marvellous offering clean and fresh air, serene centuries-old pine forests, green meadows sprinkled with fragrant flowers and herbs, blue lakes and majestic snow-capped peaks. For nature-lovers the resort is a favourite vacation spot and starting point of many hiking routes in the Rila Mountains.
And when the sun has gone down, the resort begins to pulse with the numerous lights of the restaurants, bars and nightlife that make Borovets such a fun place.
Skiing in Borovets
The real charm of Borovets can be felt during the winter. The winter seaosn last from December to April and mountain lovers from all over Europe converge on the resort to partake in the many snow sports on offer. As well as traditonal skiing and snowboarding the resort offers cross-country skiing, ski jumps and biathlon, ski-doo, ice-skating and night- skiing. Borovets offers 58km of pistes with various difficulties and lengths. The pistes are bashed daily and maintained to a high standard. The ski runs vary in difficulty and length and can be grouped in three regions: Sitniakovo – Martinovi Baraki pistes, Markujik pistes and Yastrebets pistes. The pistes on the Yastrebets section are the most challenging and regularly host various winter sports competitions. Borovets has twice hosted World Cup competitions in Alpine skiing. Borovets has an extensive network of snow cannons to ensure that the piste conditions are maintained thorughout the season.
A further 25km of cross country ski trails weave their way through the tall pine trees and breathtaking nature of Borovets.
Borovets really comes to life by night. The aprés-ski & nightlife has something for everyone. The resort is full of bars, cafes and restaurants with a mix of international & local Bulgarian cuisine.
Summer in Borovets
Borovets is equally popular in summer. Being so close to Sofia makes it a perfect retreat for the people of Sofia who come here to escape the heat of the city. During the summer Borovets offers beautiful scenery and a warm and pleasant climate. It is very popular for mountain walking, trekking, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing and golf. Borovets is the starting point for various hiking routes throughout the Rila mountains varying in distance from several hours to several days.
If you fancy a game of golf you will find the highly regarded Ihtiman golf course within 20 minutes drive.
For water sport fans the beautiful and impressive Lake Iskar is also in near proximity with a range of boating, sailing & fishing facilities. For the more adventurous you can try wake-boarding or water skiing.
Cultural & Leisure Activities
The Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s largest and most famous monastery. It was founded in 927 AD and is hidden high in the Rila mountains. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural and historic monuments. It is located just 90 minutes from Borovets and is a very enjoyable day trip.
If you fancy a day of luxury Borovets has many hotels which offer spa and wellness centres with a range of massage and beauty treatment. Alternatively you could visit the town of Sapareva Banya which is a natural spa resort and host to Europe’s hottest mineral water and the only active geyser in the Balkans.
You can visit the Bistritsa Palace (Tsarska Bistritsa) which is the former kings residence in Borovets. The hunting lodge was nationalised after 1945, when Bulgaria became a Communist state. Following the democratic changes of 1989 the palace was somewhat controversially returned to Simeon II (the last monarch of Bulgaria). The palace now hosts the royal families collection of hunting trophies and remains open for public viewings. The architecture of the building is also interesting and combines Bulgarian National Revivial architecture other European styles.
The city of Plovdiv is definitely worth a visit. The old town area is a maze of cobbled streets and Roman ruins. If you are lucky you can even take in a classical concert in the ancient amphitreatre. Plovdiv is also famous as a centre for artists and today the city has many museums and art galleries.
The Seven Rila Lakes are the most spectacular lakes in Bulgaria. Set high in the Rila mountains they can be reached either on foot or by jeep-safari. The lakes are situated at between 2100 and 2500 metres above sea level. Basic accomodation is available near the lakes should you wish to spend a night on the mountain. Guides can also be arranged if you would prefer the company of someone familiar with the area.
Borovets Photo Gallery
We have compiled a selection of photos from Borovets and the surrounding area. You can see from the gallery how beautiful a place Borovets really is. You can click on the images to see a larger view
Borovets is currently undergoing alot of investment and improvement as part of the Super Borovets project. You can read more about the project in our Investing in Borovets page.