Jet off to Eastern Europe with easyJet holidays for a lively ski holiday in Borovets, set amongst Bulgaria’s Rila mountains. Ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers who love a generous helping of après-ski after a hard day on the slopes, Borovets is also a hit with families on a budget who want accessible nursery slopes and great ski schools.
With an altitude of 2560m on its highest slopes and picturesque pine forests lining the pistes, the Borovets ski area has a lovely Alpine feel. Back down in the valley, you’ve got a modern resort with plenty of bars serving up cheap local beer, wine and rakia shots. They love a long happy hour and a little karaoke here!
When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find everything from huge luxury hotels to family-friendly chalets and apartments. Choose to stay right in the heart of the action or retreat to peaceful accommodation in the forests that surround the resort
Borovets has 58km of pistes to explore:
2 green runs
8 blue runs
11 red runs
5 black runs
35km of cross-country skiing
The Borovets ski area is divided into three areas: Rila, Markudjik and Yastrebetz. Beginners will love the gentle learn-to-ski slopes of Rila, all located within easy reach of the resort. Markudjik is home to the highest slopes, with a good variety of runs to suit everyone. For off-piste fun, challenging runs and an adrenaline-fuelled snow park, head to boarder-friendly Yastrebetz. By night, many slopes are floodlit for some atmospheric night skiing.
10 button lifts
1 six-seater cable lift
Six snow cannons guarantee 120 days of snowy pistes a year.
Season length: 8 December – 15 April
Borovets is known for its excellent ski schools. There are four ski schools and over 200 English-speaking ski and snowboard instructors on hand. Children aged 1-4 can have fun playing at the resort’s nursery in the Rila Hotel, while older children aged 4-8 can attend ski kindergarten.
Activities off the slope
As the oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets offers up a heady mix of the modern and the traditional. The bustling village streets are lined with open-fronted shops selling everything from traditional crafts and souvenirs, to the latest ski gear. Prices tend to be lower than much of Europe, so come ready to shop. There’s plenty of authentic Bulgarian food to sample and some fantastic folklore nights where you can enjoy a taste of the local culture. And keep an eye out for bars hosting live folk nights, you’re likely to catch some exuberant Horo dancing!
Alongside that traditional charm, Borovets has all the modern amenities you’d want from a ski resort. Many of the large hotels have indoor swimming pools, saunas and leisure facilities – perfect for soothing those aching skier’s legs. Treat yourself to some pampering in the luxurious Hotel Rila spa or unwind in the hammam-style hydrotherapy area at the Samakov Hotel. You’ll also find plenty of other sporting activities on offer, from table tennis to bowling.
One of the best things about Borovets is the night skiing. No need to cut the fun on the slopes short - many pistes are floodlit and open for skiing until 9pm every night of the week. Ideal for ski fanatics and lovers of long lie-ins alike! And why not try your hand at some other winter sports during your trip? Cross-country skiing, ice skating and ski jumping are all on the menu. But for a real thrill, it has to be an exhilarating spin on a ski-doo. Book a snow safari and explore the valley’s most remote and beautiful sights.
If you fancy a day trip during your holiday in Borovets, head to Sofia, Bulgaria’s spectacular capital. Just over an hour away, the city is scattered with grand buildings, wide boulevards and scenic parklands. Soak up the laid-back atmosphere or hit the shops to grab yourself some bargains.
The beauty of Borovets lies in its fantastic après-ski. Ski straight off the slopes and into the lively bars, restaurants and shops of the village. And you can afford to dive right in - a pint of beer could set you back as little as a pound during the resort’s infamous happy hours.
Most of the larger hotels in Borovets have their own restaurants and bars, many with an international flavour. There’s even a nightclub in Hotel Rila. You’ll find familiar foods from pizza to steak on offer, as well as great children’s options.
It’s worth branching out to take in some of the more traditional Borovets establishments as well though. Head to Salamander for authentic Bulgarian cuisine in cosy surroundings, or Starata Kushta (The Old House) in nearby Samakov for a big hit of Bulgarian culture. Think hearty meat kebabs and pies, cheese salads, and warming soups. For something fancier, you can’t beat (or pronounce) Kokoshkovata Kushta, with its luxurious dining room and gourmet treats.
As night falls, many Borovets restaurants push back their tables and make room for drinking and dancing. There's also a great selection of watering holes. If you love a cosy pub feel, try The Red Lion with its open log fires and comfy seats. For something more colourful you can’t beat the summer holiday vibe at Mamacita’s, a Mexican bar and restaurant. Or why not take the mic at Borovets’ most popular karaoke bar, Black Tiger? For after-hours partying, head to Buzz or the Rila Hotel nightclub.