Bulgaria Ski Holidays in 2014

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Fun-packed ski holidays in Bulgaria

With its magical snowy scenes and charming villages, Bulgaria is fast becoming the place to visit for budget-conscious skiers. Heavy snowfall throughout winter on the highest peaks of the mountains means that the area lends itself well to both beginners and those looking for challenging slopes to test out their skills. Whether you’re a keen skier, have a passion for snowboarding or you’re just looking to explore what this beautiful destination has to offer, Bulgaria ski holidays are the perfect option for holidaymakers with a sense of adventure.

Discover Bulgaria

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.

On the Slopes

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.

Out and About in Bulgaria

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.

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Attractions

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.

Things To Do

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.

Eating & Drinking

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.