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Getting There: Borovets - Heaven for Skiers and Hikers

Source: Sofia News Agency (
Published Date: 08 Jan 2005

Borovets is the oldest mountain resort where skiers can experience the thrills of the "white sport" in winter, and hikers enjoy the greenness of the mountains in summer.

Borovets was founded at the end of the 19th century as a place where the Bulgarian kings could go hunting. In the past it was known by the name Chamkoriya. Borovets gradually developed into a modern ski resort of high class and luxury hotels, haute-cuisine restaurants and the varied leisure-time entertainment opportunities besides an excellent network of ski runs and lifts along the slopes of the Rila Mountain.

Borovets is providing excellent opportunities for the whole range of winter sports - from Alpine sports to cross- country skiing, ski jumps and biathlon. The resort twice hosted World Cup Alpine skiing rounds, while the biathlon track is one of the best in the world.

The ski runs of various difficulty are suitable for all, be they beginners, intermediate, advanced or expert skiers. The slopes and runs are maintained in perfect condition and are designed with international markings and multilingual signs.

Situated at 1350 m above sea level on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain among age old pine woods, Borovets is located at the foot of peak Mousala (2925 m) - the highest one on Balkan Peninsula.

Borovets is easily accessible, being at a distance of 73 km. from Sofia and 126 km. from Plovdiv. The town of Samokov is only 10 km. down the road from the resort.