Hidden amongst the pine forests covering the northern slopes of Bulgaria's Mount Musala, Borovets is the biggest and oldest ski resort in the country. Like many resorts in Bulgaria, Borovets has had a lot of money invested in lift and facility upgrades, and this continues today. This means that now you can experience the same cheaper prices with better skiing and a much more modern resort.
The resort sits on the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula, surrounded by the Rila mountains - making for stunning scenery. The slopes are grouped in three regions - Sitnqkovo & Martinovi Baraki, Markudjjk and Qstrebec. With an excellent ski school and over 200 instructors, Borovets is a great place to head to learn to ski or snowboard. There are great nursery slopes near the centre of the village, and fantastic slopes all over the mountain for intermediate skiers. But for the experts, the terrain can be a little limited.
The nightlife is fun and lively, in buzzing cafes, bars and clubs set in beautiful pine forests. You'll also get to check out traditional Bulgarian music and dancing. The area is full of history with beautiful attractions like the monastery built in the 10th century. One wall in particular is covered in beautiful paintings and brilliant frescoes. Borovets isn't as attractive as many of the big alpine resorts and it can still be found lacking in grooming and expert terrain, but for those who want to learn to ski in a fun, friendly town and experience a little culture outside their own on a budget - Borovets is a great choice. Go now before it gets too popular.