DISCOVERING BOROVETS

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The oldest Bulgarian winter resort is a great place for a holidays all year round

Situated among the centuries-old pine forests of the Rila mountains, Borovets has numerous ways to seduce lovers of fresh air and spectacular vistas. It is only 70 km from Sofia and 120 km from Plovdiv, and the highest peak in the Balkans, Musala, is close by.

Borovets is the oldest mountain resort in Bulgaria. In 1896 the Bulgarian King Ferdinand built a summer residence and hunting huts in the area, which back then was called Chamkoriya. Following Ferdinand's example, many affluent people from Sofia built villas nearby. The resort became one of the most fashionable places in Bulgaria, which it remained until the end of the Second World War. After the Communists took power in 1944, Borovets became a place for workers to have their holidays.

In the 1960s and 1970s Borovets gradually expanded, establishing a reputation for winter activities. Its average altitude is 1,300 m and its highest point is 2,560 m above sea level. Today the resort has a total of 58 km of ski slopes, the longest of which is 12 km. There are excellent Biathlon facilities, 35 km of routes for cross-country skiing and a 70 m high ramp for ski jumping. Borovets has hosted events for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup twice – in 1981 and in 1984. The 1993 Biathlon World Championship was held there, too.

Borovets is known for its luxurious hotels, chalets, villas and cabins and offers an exciting night life as well as good facilities for winter sports. Most of the hotels there have indoor swimming pools, saunas, beauty salons, gyms and spa centres. They hire yoga and tennis teachers and some of them even have bowling alleys and mini-golf courses.

With all the attractions of the hotels, don't worry if you miss the ski season or don't ski at all. In Borovets you can still have a lot of fun in summer. You can escape the scorching heat of the city high into the mountains in the crystal clear, cool fresh air and ecologically clear environment. The resort offers excellent conditions for hiking, horse riding, fishing, climbing and many other summer sports.

Wondering where to stay? Chamkoriya Chalets is a boutique hotel near the beautiful Byalata Polyana area in Borovets, an ideal location for a ski holiday or a summer vacation. There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all needs and group sizes. Whether all you want to do is have a drink at the bar and a meal in the restaurant, or take part in one of the activities in the area, you will be sure to enjoy your stay. The management can arrange everything you need for your ski and snowboarding holiday. To relax after your day of skiing or hiking, or just simply to unwind, the leisure centre and wellness area is the place for you. The facilities include a sauna, a Jacuzzi, and a swimming pool. For total pampering, treat yourself to a massage or beauty treatment in the wellness area.

The only hotel in Bulgaria that is a member of the world-wide chain of Small Luxury Hotels is also situated in Borovets. A 50-minute drive from Sofia, Yastrebetz Wellness&Spa will delight you with its exquisite mountain restaurant, classic piano bar and state-ofthe- art spa. The hotel has a long-standing reputation as a destination for relaxing family holidays, or you can boost your pleasure by booking a suite with a fireplace or a chalet in the Finnish village next door.

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