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The oldest Bulgarian mountain resort is situated in the majestic Rila Mountain. Borovets was built at the end of 19th century. It is at an altitude of 1,300 m, 70 km away from Sofia and about 130 km away from Plovdiv.
The ski season in Borovets is from the middle of December to April. There are three ski zones – Sitnyakovo, Yastrebets and Markudzhik. Markudzhik has the highest altitude. The ski trails Yastrebets and Markudzhik 3 pose a challenge for any skier and have been used many times for various competitions.
Snowboarders can use some of the trails at the resort. On the high parts of Rila Mountain – ski centre Markudzhik – during the high season the snow cover reaches 2 m and affords excellent conditions for extreme skiing.
Borovets has a children’s snow park with activities for young people and specialized ski training.
There are several ski and snowboard schools and sports clubs in the resort and most hotels offer ski rentals. Both individual and group ski and snowboard training is available. There are more than 150 instructors, all are recognized professionals. Children can be enrolled in ski classes or in a ski kinder-garden.
Besides skiing and snowboarding, Borovets offers snowmobile rides and treks with ski shoes across the beautiful mountain.
The hotels at Borovets offer various opportunities for recreation and entertainment off the slopes, with indoor swimming pools and spa centres in some of them. There are numerous restaurants, bars and clubs in Borovets. You can enjoy a wide range of Bulgarian, European and world cuisines.
The area around the resort is rich in historical, natural and religious places of interest. 16 km away from Borovets are the scenic mountain villages of Beli Iskar and Govedartsi, and the nearby town of Samokov offers not only interesting sites to visit, but also important services, such as a hospital, post office, bank offices and supermarkets.
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