InTheSnow.com has recently touted Borovets as the go-to resort of the season, and we have to agree! With something for everyone, it can be as family-friendly or as party-hard as you want it to be. Nestled in the heart of the Rila mountains in Bulgaria, Borovets was frequented by the Bulgarian royal family in the late 1800’s and is home to Bulgaria’s highest mountain – Mount Musala.
The town itself is a sweet alpine-esque village based on the French village of Les Arcs – that is chalet style ski-in ski-out accommodation with plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you busy on your trip. Notoriously cheap booze means that going for a night on the town is inevitable for most, and it has become a popular destination for British stag parties, but they just add to the lively atmosphere. If you’re not keen on busy bars and clubs but still enjoy a tipple, there are many bars and restaurants filled with locals that have a more relaxed atmosphere.
The slopes are best suited to intermediate skiers, but there is plenty for beginners to learn on, and if experts are willing to take on a local guide, they will quickly find that there is more to Borovets than meets the eye. With two terrain parks, plenty of untacked off-piste and even night-time skiing in addition to the 58km of pistes, most skiers are well catered for. Whilst true experts may lack extensive challenges, the overall atmosphere is pleasant and comes in at a fraction of the price of any comparable resort in the Alps, making it a popular choice for thousands of visitors. It also has a thriving summer season that is getting busier every year. Hiking, rafting, mountain biking and mountaineering are all huge in the summer months, and more tourists are choosing Bulgaria over the busier (and more expensive) resorts of the Alps.
If you have ever wanted to own a ski home, Borovets is the place to look to. Ski chalets and apartments in Bulgaria are affordable investments with ski property values increasing an average of 8% in 2016. Unlike many alpine resorts which have already reached the limit of their growth, the Bulgarian ski areas are small with plenty of potential, and there is no time like now to invest.
This 3-bedroom penthouse apartment is a staggering 177m2 and comes in at just €87,000, a miniscule price compared to equivalent apartments in the Alps. It is just 800m2 from the slopes and comes partially furnished.
This stunning 1-bedroom apartment is large and open-planned with plenty of natural light. Located directly next to the slopes, it has floor space of 101m2 and is priced at just over €90,000.
The ever-increasing prices of ski holidays in France, Italy, Austria & Switzerland mean that many Brits are now choosing to spend their ski holidays in Eastern Europe, and Bulgaria is the clear leader when it comes to destination choice. As Bulgarian ski resorts increase in popularity, companies are investing more in infrastructure to further develop the lift systems and expand the ski areas so that slow lifts and limited terrain will soon become a thing of the past.
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