Well-known throughout Europe, the resorts of Bankso, Pamporovo and Borovets are popular destinations for skiers. Borovets is the largest and most developed ski resort, situated in the heart of the Rila Mountains. Combining first-rate ski schools with a picturesque setting, it is the perfect resort for those looking to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time.
If you’d rather top up your tan while you’re on the piste, head to Pamporovo. Hailed as the sunniest ski resort in Bulgaria, it is an ideal location for families as well as anyone looking to sample a relaxed nightlife after a day on the slopes.
If, however, your Bulgaria ski holidays are all about finding somewhere unique to visit, try Bankso. Nestled at the foothills of the Pirin Mountains, this unspoilt town offers a true taste of Bulgarian culture and some great sightseeing opportunities.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and stunning wintery scenes, Bulgaria is undoubtedly the best backdrop for a romantic getaway with your other half. Bulgaria ski holidays offer much more than snow sports. Instead, relax in some of the resort’s saunas or swimming pools or indulge in a horse-drawn sleigh ride. For vibrant nightlife, head into the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Here, you will find a selection of fine restaurants coupled with lively jazz bars where you can drink cocktails after dark.
If your Bulgaria ski holidays are a family event, you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do. The resort of Bansko is particularly family-friendly, boasting a junior club for little ones learning to ski as well as a carousel. For active families, there are plenty of cycle paths meandering through the Pirin Mountains, with routes to suit all abilities. If you’d rather relax and enjoy the views while the children run off their boundless energy, the Pirin forest is a great location for relaxed walks and picnics.
If you’re looking for energetic nightlife, you’re in the right place. One of the top nightclub spots in Europe, Bulgaria is the ideal location for those who love to party. Borovets is often referred to as ‘Ibiza on snow’, and with its live music and buzzing nightlife, it provides a wealth of great pubs and bars to visit après-ski. Whether you fancy a quiet drink, a spot of karaoke or to take advantage of the famous happy hours, Borovets is a great place to let off steam during your trip.
Of course, while there are plenty of things to do in the resort alone, Bulgaria ski holidays present an ideal opportunity to explore this wonderful country. Sofia is a city amassed with history and culture and remains a must-see. For a glimpse of Bulgaria’s stunning architecture there is Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – definitely worth a visit for the photo opportunities. While for those looking to learn more about Bulgaria, there is a wealth of great museums – including the archaeological museum, National Gallery for Foreign Art and National Palace of Culture.
Bulgaria is split down the middle by the eastern arm of the Balkan Mountains, known here as the Stara Planina. This picturesque mountain landscape lends itself well to outdoor sports, as well as featuring a number of popular tourist attractions, such as the war museum at Shipka Pass or the old capital of Veliko Tarnovo, just north of the mountains.
When it comes to winter sports, Bulgaria has a lot to offer. You’ll be able to try your hand at skiing or snowboarding - even beginners are welcome to have a go and all the equipment you need can usually be hired out from a ski lodge. You’ll also be able to take in the spectacular view from a cable car ride through the mountains.
No trip to Bulgaria would be complete without trying the local cuisine. When you’re not enjoying the fine dining options on offer at your ski resort, you could head out into one of the local towns or villages. Mingle with the locals and try some of the traditional dishes, such as the New Year tradition of baked turkey with cabbage.
The ski resorts of Bulgaria are known for two things –the range of gentle beginner’s slopes on offer and the great value for money! The mountains of Bulgaria will provide the perfect backdrop for your next romantic break, as you take in a snow-covered landscape of rocky cliffs, pine forests and mountain lakes.
You’ll find there’s plenty to do with your loved one, during your stay in Bulgaria. The choice of winter sports on offer is extensive – skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing to name just a few – but you’ll also have the chance to go shopping or even indulge yourself with a trip to one of the country’s numerous spas!
If you’re looking for fine dining then head to cities such as Sofia or Ruse. Here you’ll be able to find a range of exclusive restaurants, serving fine examples of haute cuisine. Alternatively, for something a little more intimate, perhaps you’d like to try the local fare on offer at one of the countless traditional ‘mehanas’.
One great example of the kind of ski resort you might be looking for on a couple’s getaway is the Pirin Golf Hotel & Spa. This luxurious property is situated in the picturesque Bansko-Razleg Valley, and offers a range of different spa treatments for guests, as well as a fine restaurant and an 18-hole golf course.
If it’s culture you’re looking for on your ski trip to Bulgaria, you can easily combine time on the slopes with visits to some of the local attractions. Many of the top ski resorts here are in the west, close to the capital of Sofia. Alternatively, visit some of the smaller villages to try authentic local cuisine and enjoy the famous Bulgarian hospitality.
Bulgaria offers a good range of ski slopes, from beginner standard through to more challenging. Other things you can do here include sightseeing, as you check out some of the beautiful orthodox churches and monasteries that lie scattered across the landscape. Hiking and cycling are other popular pastimes.
If it’s a taste of the local culture that you’re after, then you’re going to have to try some traditional Bulgarian cuisine! Popular dishes here include a range of cured meats, goat’s cheese and colourful salads. A kavarma is another popular dish, in which a number of different ingredients are stewed up in a clay pot.
One of the best things about choosing Bulgaria for your next ski holiday is the variety of slopes that the country is able to offer. Unlike some of the steeper alpine ski regions, Bulgaria is known for its gently sloping mountains and as such, the country’s ski resorts are often well suited for beginners and advanced, young and old alike.
It’s not just skiing that you’ll find offered here in Bulgaria. Other popular winter sports that you’ll discover around your ski resort include snowboarding, tobogganing and cycling! Then again, if you fancy a break from the slopes you’ll be able to dive into a shopper’s heaven at larger cities such as Sofia, Plovdiv or Varna.
The main ski resorts at Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo all feature a wealth of dining options, ranging from popular fast food outlets to contemporary takes on traditional Bulgarian cuisine. Particularly in the more popular destinations, you’ll find that restaurants are usually able to offer extras such as children’s menus.
Looking for the perfect family retreat in the Bulgarian mountains? Check out the Forest Nook Guesthouse, which can be found close to the ski slopes at Pamporovo. Here you’ll be able to unwind in luxurious surroundings high up on Rhodopa Mountain. The spacious suites and apartments on offer make a great family base for your holiday. The Villa Roka are also great for families.