LCV Travel is planning a return to Borovets after a successful 2018 trip. This will include a return to the same hotel enjoyed by the group in March 2018. Our hotel is centrally located, next to the slopes (this was a real bonus), has a surrounding forest of old spruce and fir trees, and offers a swimming pool, a spa centre and great reviews.
While there will be plenty of singing opportunities, this is not a holiday where rehearsals and a planned performance will take place. Instead, there will be lots of impromptu singing, mainly around the piano in the hotel lounge.
Borovets boasts 58km of pistes and a lively après-ski culture that draws local and foreign visitors in droves between mid-December and early April.
Just 72km southwest of Sofia, crouching beneath Mt Musala (2925m), this purpose-built ski resort is the oldest in Bulgaria. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the infrastructure could do with a polish; but these are small quibbles against Borovets’ crisp, pine-freshened air, tree-fringed ski runs and merry nightlife.
Borovets’ reason for being is snow. It is eerily quiet outside ski season, though there are a few hiking trails worth plying in summer.
In summary, and after extensive research (including conversations with Bulgarian nationals with first-hand experience), Borovets is a budget-friendly, established ski resort. It does not claim to be a high-class Swiss or French alternative and therefore offers a lower cost of living, coupled with good skiing and knowledgeable staff.
Borovets quick facts
- Location: Rila Mountains
- Arrival airport: Sofia
- Marked runs: 58 km
- Highest run altitude: 2560m
- Transfer time from Sofia: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Currency: Bulgarian Lev
- Typical cost of: Lunch pizza - £3, local beer – under £1 and three course meal - £10