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Borovets resort is the oldest resort in
Bulgaria. Situated 72 km from Bulgarian capital of Sofia it is about hour,
hour and half from the city. Borovets was initially designed as a private
hunting grounds for Bulgarian tsars in 1894. In fact Borovets Royal hunting lodge is
still preserved in the lower part of the the resort. It is not very big, but
it certainly kept the old charm. If you want a enjoy half day hiking trip
through the pine woods don't miss it. An interesting feature of the mini
castle is a star of David that is visible on a floor of one of the rooms. It
was made on the orders of Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria who was apparently
interested in the ideas of Judaism and Kabbalah.
Location: Borovets, 73 km from
Sofia, Sofia Province
and snowboarders alike:
time to visit this resort is in late January, February and March.
Miracles do happen and you can come in December and early January,
but you have to be very lucky to see good skiing or snowboarding
conditions. Additionally the place might be packed for Christmas and
New Year. Bulgarians celebrate Christmas on 25th of December
(Gregorian Calendar) and on 7th of January (Julian Calendar).
Description of Borovets Resort
Borovets is all year long resort. In
winter you can enjoy skiing, both downhill and cross-country, snowboarding
and etc. It is probably the best ski resort in Bulgaria with its breath
taking views, pure snow and fairly short lines. The resort is split between lower cluster of hotels, restaurants
and rentals and a upper cluster of lifts and ski trails with a beautiful view
of Musala peak and alpine landscape. You can get to the top via a gondola
lift. From a personal observation the Upper Borovets looks better.
Additionally it has shorter
lines, less people and more snow. The only exception is during bad weather. Open alpine
areas became really unwelcoming to skiers. Dense fogs don't help the
situation either. In that case lower part of
Borovets becomes more suitable. Surrounded by tall virgin pine trees it will
protect you from wind and ice.
months you can take numerous hiking trails all the way to the Balkan's tallest mountain Musala (2,925
meters). Additionally you can take a horse and a guide for a stroll
through the trails on the mountain.