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A quick guide to Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s national parks and tree-lined slopes are a great alternative to the Alps. And the value for money here is hard to beat, with high-quality hotels for bargain prices – so you can dive into the snow in Bansko and Borovets without diving into your bank account.

Restaurants next to the ski slopes
Plenty of piste-side action in Borovets

Country stats

Resort height: 925m
Km of piste: 75km

Resort height: 1,350m
Km of piste: 58km

Best for

  • Families: Bansko
  • Après: Borovets
Tree-lined slopes in Pamporovo

What’s the skiing like in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria’s a good choice for beginners, with lots of long gentle runs and excellent, English-speaking ski instructors to help hone your skills. Away from the nursery areas, intermediates and families love the many blue and red slopes that snake through the trees.

Tomba and Tomba’s sleeve black runs: Named after Italian racer and Bansko regular, Alberto Tomba, these are the most challenging runs in the resort, with gradients up to 31 degrees.

Snowpark Borovets: At the bottom of the Martinovi Baraki 2 lift, freestylers can get creative on the 300m-long terrain park, filled with rails, boxes, a wall ride and an air bag. 

Bansko Old Town
The cobbled streets of Bansko Old Town

Things to do in Bulgaria

Bansko Old Town: A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, the old town is full of cobbled streets, stone buildings and traditional Slovak-pubs. 

Horse-riding in Borovets: Saddle up and explore Bulgaria’s natural beauty on horseback. You can go on a short or all-day ride, and add on a barbecue picnic if you like.

Where to eat in Bulgaria

Mehana Momini Dvori: In the heart of Bansko’s Old Town, this traditional Balkan bar serves up regional dishes with a mix of eastern European and Turkish flavours. If you’ve worked up an appetite, the roast piglet is a popular choice.

Vicky’s Pizza: Walk five minutes from the slopes to find one of the best menus in Borovets. Expect a warm welcome and generous portions of barbecued meat and fish. And don’t miss their signature dish, a 1m-long meat sword.

eating next to the ski slope
Eat. Ski. Repeat.

Nightlife in Bulgaria

Sing Song piano bar: This spot in Bansko serves great cocktails, so treat yourself to a daiquiri or an Old Fashioned, then sit back and enjoy some live music.

BJ’s Bar: An Austrian-style après bar, this is a lively way to end the ski day in Borovets. Get there in time for the 2-for-1 happy hour, then play a game of nails – the last person to hammer their nail into the tree stump buys the next round.


Where to stay in Bulgaria

Hotel Lion, Bansko: A modern 4-star hotel that doesn’t scrimp on the facilities, meaning you can add a touch of luxury to your trip without breaking the bank. There’s a large pool, sauna and steam room, as well as a menu of spa treatments if you need some extra pampering.

Hotel Rila, Borovets: This ski-in ski-out, 4-star hotel has everything you need to make the most of your holiday. With a spa, a nightclub, three restaurants and two bars on site, you might not even want to leave the hotel.

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