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Set amidst the majestic forest-clad Rila Mountains, once a hunting ground for Bulgarian Kings, Borovets was Bulgaria's first ski resort, dating from the 19th century when it was only known to an exclusive few.

Now everyone has the opportunity to experience this fun-packed, snow-filled spectacular destination, Borovets truly has got lots to offer and is firmly established as one of Bulgaria's most popular ski resorts. At a height of 1,300 metres, Borovets is a lively resort full of bars, restaurants, and cafes and along with the many vibrant clubs make aprÄ—s-ski a real attraction. Quite rightly, skiing is its prime concern and Borovets is justly popular with all grades of skiers, with a setting that's near-perfect right at the foot of Mount Moussala (2925 metres), the highest peak in the Balkan region.

Beautiful, challenging, and fun are three words that best describe what one of the most attractive Bulgarian ski resorts has to offer. Borovets sits at an altitude of 1320 metres and is surrounded by the breathtaking Rila mountains, the highest in the Balkans. Borovets has been attracting visitors for more than a century and has developed into a modern and renowned ski resort.


Ski Area

Set amidst the majestic forest-clad Rila Mountains and once a hunting ground for Bulgarian Kings, Borovets is now internationally renowned as one of the top- visited ski resorts in Bulgaria. Borovets was Bulgaria's first ski resort, dating back to the 19th century when it was only known to an exclusive few but now everyone has the opportunity to experience this colourful, lively winter destination!

Borovets is situated on the northern side of Rila Mountain and boasts a perfect location right at the foot of Mount Musala (2925 metres) the highest peak in the Balkans. Borovets resort is popular with all levels of skiers and snowboarders, boasting an incredibly picturesque setting. The well-developed lift network with its unbeatable comfort and innovative technology provides quick and easy access to the 58 km of ski runs. Borovets features three ski centres: Sitniakovo, Yastrebets, and Markudjik which offer excellent facilities ensuring a great experience for all lucky enough to visit this marvellous resort. 182 snow-making cannons ensure you the ultimate skiing experience.

Borovets is renowned for great nightlife with lots of bars, restaurants, and cafes, alongside the numerous clubs, making the après-ski a real attraction at great prices. Those looking for a more subdued nightlife, may enjoy the regular folklore evenings or even visit a genuine Bulgarian house for a taste of traditional homemade food and authentic entertainment.



Borovets is as well known for its great nightlife as it is for its fantastic skiing/snowboarding. There are a few places where you can stay out until 4 in the morning at prices that are a lot less than you would expect to pay in a club back in the UK. For those who perhaps have a yearning to learn about Bulgaria's varied folk traditions, there are regular folklore evenings and even a visit to a genuine Bulgarian home for a taste of home cooking and entertainment. The main nightclubs are at the Samokov and Rila hotels.



There are plenty of restaurants and bars from cosy inns with log fires to busy yet very popular bars. There are also many nightclubs to enjoy, dotted around the resort. Whatever you choose to do, you are certain of fun, relaxation, and a truly entertaining experience in this wonderful winter resort.



For alternative entertainment, why not try one of our excursions. You can take a full or half-day trip to Sofia, Plovdiv or the fascinating Rila Monastery. A Skidoo Safari is great fun. A trained operator takes you through the wood trails of the resort, after that you can have a go! Please book all excursions through your local representative. Children aged 2-11 get a reduction on selected excursions.



There is a wide variety of shops, stalls, and kiosks in the village centre. The shops in the Hotel Rila and Samokov sell branded ski wear and other clothes, souvenirs, and snacks. The stalls, situated along the main street, sell a variety of skis, ski clothing, clothes, CDs, and souvenirs.


Medical Arrangements

In Borovets there is a round-the-clock mountain rescue service, ambulance, clinic (with doctor and nurse) plus first aid service on all ski slopes; X-ray facilities are also available in Borovets and the town of Samokov. Please note: Some medical services must be paid for locally in cash. They will provide receipts to enable you to claim back from your insurance company once you get back to the UK.