Bulgarias oldest resort, Borovets, is hidden
among the aromatic pine woods covering the northern slopes of
Mount Musala in Rila mountains, 12 km south of Samokov and 73
km south of Sofia. Borovets is1390 metres above sea level, and
has a favourable climate with cool summer and mild, snowy winter.
Borovets is the biggest mountain resort in Bulgaria. The resort
provides excellent opportunities for the whole range of winter
sports: from the alpine sports to cross-country skiing, ski-jumps
and biathlon on its first-class ski slopes, tracks and facilities.
Borovets is a major point of departure for Mount Mousala, the
highest peak on the Balkans (2925m), a number of high-mountain
chalets, as well as Bistritsa Palace, built as a hunting lodge
for Tsar Ferdinand.
Borovets has plenty of good restaurants and bars, whatever your
taste. Being a small village at the base of the mountain, it
is very easy to get round. Most of the main hotels are within
500m of each other, as well as the gondala, and a lot of the
nursery slopes. If you are staying at the Rila hotel, you can
quite literally, ski into the hotel. This makes it very easy
for families with smaller children, as we all know how the little
darlings love a long walk!. In fact, for the main part, Borovets
is the ideal resort for families.
Borovets has an excellent nightlife, at a price
that won't break the bank. For example, most bars charge about
2Lev (66p....ish) for a measure of spirit (50ml...large), and
3-4Lev for a 500ml beer. A good bottle of the local cabernet
will set you back 10-15 Lev. Believe me, if you spend 15 Lev
on a bottle of wine, it will be VERY nice
Restaurants in Borovets, range from authentic
local, to exotic foreign, and just about everything in between.
The most expensive meal I have ever had in Borovets was about
30 lev (£10 ish). It was a steak with all the trimmings
and salad, a beer, and a rather nice bottle of red. Truth be
known, it was too much for me, but who wants to waste really
good food? If you want to eat a quick snack, there are plenty
of little stalls that sell pancakes, kebabs etc etc. The prices
in Bulgaria have risen steadily over the last few years, although
it is still ridiculously cheap, especially when compared to
an alpine resort.
Borovets has a cosy "village" feel
to it. A five minute walk will get you from one side of the
village to the other, even on slippery footpaths. The local
bar and restaurant owners are very warm and welcoming. We have
been to Borovets several times now, and each time we make more
and more friends. It is sometimes a problem for us having to
make excuses as we have already agreed to meet a someone else
we haven't seen for a year or two.
An excellent ski resort, perfect for families.
There really is something for everyone.
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