Sick of heading to the same old slopes every winter? If you’re looking for somewhere new for a ski trip, then why not plummet down the pistes of Bulgaria. It might not be one of the most obvious destinations for winter sports but with heavy snowfall until June on its highest peaks, Bulgaria is becoming an increasingly popular ski destination. With affordable prices and beautiful scenery, Bulgaria is attracting skiers and snowboarders from across the world. Those looking for a family ski trip will particularly enjoy a holiday here. The slopes are ideal for both beginners or those keen to brush up on their skills. Progress to the more challenging runs after you’ve mastered the gentler slopes.
Bulgaria has three main ski resorts to enjoy. Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo each have their own individual qualities and charm. All have friendly ski schools where instructors will guide novices through the first few steps. But these destinations are also renowned for their après ski activities. Make sure you’ve packed the glad rags because they’ll be needed on the dance floor here. There are tons of bars and clubs where you can boogie into the early hours. Those looking for a little retail therapy to recover from a tough day on the slopes can splash the cash here too. Top-notch souvenir shops are found on the streets of Bansko, while Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia is also within easy-reach for a day trip
Found at the base of the Pirin Mountains, Bansko is the most modern of the Bulgarian ski resorts. There’s around 40 miles of slopes available here. Bansko is a particular favourite for families. There’s lots of great activities to keep children occupied here, along with slopes suitable for beginners. It’s also worth visiting Bansko’s hot thermal springs. There are few better ways to relax after a tiring day on a pair of skis.Borovets
The largest and most well-established of Bulgaria’s ski resorts, Borovets is the place to head if you’re a party animal. A night out in Borovets is always a lively one. There’s tons of nightspots here, including karaoke bars and chic cocktail lounges. The quality of the slopes in Borovets is excellent too. It’s regularly the setting for World Championship ski events. One of the best bits about Borovets is that it takes less than an hour’s drive to reach Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia.Pamporovo
Lying in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, Pamporovo is probably the most beautiful of Bulgaria’s ski resorts. Surrounded by pine forests and snowy peaks, it can be tough to concentrate on the skiing when you’re plummeting down the mountain in Pamporovo. There are a wide variety of après ski activities available in Pamporovo. Do a few circuits of the town’s ice rink, relax in a spa or sit back with a stein of beer in one of Pamporovo’s pubs.
Exploring Bulgarian ski resortsNightlife
Many holidaymakers head to the winter sports areas of Bulgaria as much for the nightlife as for the skiing facilities. There’s more than 200 bars and pubs in Bansko where you can sample a glass of ice-cold local beer. Many feature live music to keep guests entertained. Borovets is even livelier, with clubs and discos where you can party hard into the early hours.Shopping
Bag a souvenir from your holiday to Bulgaria by indulging in some retail therapy after a hard day on the slopes. There are plenty of shops in Bansko where you can buy a perfect memento. Many of them feature crafts from local artists. If you’re a shopaholic, then make the short journey from Borovets to Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia. There’s tons of familiar designer shops in Sofia, plus the more unique Women’s Market.National parks
You don’t have to be on a pair of skis to enjoy the countryside in Bulgaria. There are some beautiful lakes, waterfalls and caves to explore in the National Park Pirin. It’s the perfect spot for keen hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Grab a map from one of the hotels or tourist information spots and pick a hiking route to follow.Try different winter sports
If you’ve been glued to a pair of skis since you were a whipper-snapper, then why not try a different winter sport. Cross-country skiing, night skiing and snowboarding are all available to sample in Borovets. You can also get your heart-beat racing by stepping on the gas on a snow mobile.
Tuck into some delicious local grub and refuel after a day enjoying the great outdoors in Bulgaria. The cuisine in Bulgaria is very regionalised, but, in general, it’s similar to the food you’ll come across in Turkey or Greece. Expect plenty of kebabs and spiced pork dishes. The thin kebab skewers, known as kebapche, are often accompanied by a shopska salata salad of tomatoes, cucumber, onion and peppers, topped with grated sirene cheese. Perfect with a beer.Restaurants in Bulgaria
You won’t have to search long to find a restaurant in Pamporovo. The town centre is bursting with traditional eateries. Head to one of Bansko’s taverns and you’ll have plenty of chances to sample the local grub after a day on the mountain.
If you’re looking for a new skiing adventure, then Bulgaria should be at the top of your wish-list. There are top-notch slopes available in Bulgaria and plenty of après ski fun to be had.
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