The oldest Bulgarian winter resort is Borovets with a history from 1896. Today Borovets is the 2nd biggest and most modern resort in Bulgaria. It is situated on the conterminous Borovets col and on the northern slopes of the Mousala ridge in the eastern part of Rila Mountain National park. Huddled in venerable pine woods […]
The oldest Bulgarian winter resort is Borovets with a history from 1896. Today Borovets is the 2nd biggest and most modern resort in Bulgaria. It is situated on the conterminous Borovets col and on the northern slopes of the Mousala ridge in the eastern part of Rila Mountain National park. Huddled in venerable pine woods 1390 meters above the sea level (with highest pistes at 2600 m)makes it a perfect
Usually the slopes of Borovets have snow cover from mid December till April. The air in Borovets is clear, free of any pollutants. Borovets is also easy accessible – Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria) is just 72 kilometers away.
Two subregions – SITNYAKOVO with 4 ski runs (1 of medium difficulty and 3 difficult ones) and MARTINOVI BARAKI with 4 difficult ski runs form the first region which has a total length of 19km. The difficult ski runs are used for slaloming while in their lower parts there are special runs for beginners.
The second region – YASTREBETS includes 3 ski runs (1 very difficult and 2 difficult ones) with a total length of 13 km which are used for international competitions. MARKUDJIKA, the third region, is the highest in the mountain at 2550 m above sea level with the longest-lasting snow cover and is the slope where the skiing season starts and ends. It has 4 difficult ski runs. One of them, the MARKUDJIK-3 run, has been approved by the International Skiing Federation for giant slalom competitions. Cross-country and biathlon tracks are located 2 km away from the resort together with the cross-country tuition tracks. The runs for the ski jumps are 75 and 50 m long and are serviced by a chair lift.
In Borovets resort is situated also the former Tsarska Bistritsa Palace – built between 1898 and 1914, it served as the hunting lodge of Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria and his son Boris III.
The hunting lodge was nationalized after 1945, when Bulgaria became a Communist state. The democratic changes of 1989 led to the controversial return of the palace to Simeon II, the last monarch of Bulgaria, who also became a politician in October 2002.
In the spirit of Romanticism, the architecture of Tsarska Bistritsa combines elements of the authentic Bulgarian National Revival style with other European architectural styles. Part of the interior is a cabin from the transatlantic ship New America. It was either a gift from the captain or won by Ferdinand during a poker game. The wooden ceilings and columns in the lodge are richly decorated in Bulgarian style. The royal family’s collection of hunting trophies is also in the hunting lodge.
The palace is powered by a Siemens AG 170 kW (hydroelectric) generator built and installed in 1912. Other structures include a stable, a chapel, a garage, a sentry box and fountains.
Day 1: Sofia - arrival Sofia Airport, panoramic tour, overnight. Day 2: Sofia – Plovdiv Day 3: Plovdiv – Kazanluk - Veliko Turnovo Day 4: Veliko Turnovo – Ruse – Bucharest Day 5:...Read More