Situated in South Eastern Europe, Bulgaria has a strategically important location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. It occupies the central part of the Balkan Peninsula on both sides of the Balkan Range (the Balkans), from where the name of the peninsula has originated. Bulgaria is bordered by Macedonia to the west, Turkey to the south-east and Greece to the south. The greater part of the northern border with Romania passes along the Danube River, and the eastern border is the Black Sea. The territory of the country is divided into 28 districts (provinces) with a total of 263 municipalities, grouped into 6 planning economic regions. Each region has unique culture and traditions, but they are all combined by the warm Bulgarian hospitality - an irresistible invitation to visit them!
The country itself is one of extraordinary diversity. Word is getting out about how much this country offers including diverse ski property for sale … Beautiful mountains offering reliable winter snow and skiing, and stunning landscape for summer hiking. Endless temperate forest full of fauna lost to most of Europe, such as bears and wolves. Down from the hills and mountains, almost Alpine-like meadows, covered in flowers, often uncultivated, unspoilt…. a real treat to the visitor from crowded Western Europe, particularly the UK. All this makes Bulgaria a perfect place for buying property. It's not surprising that home buyers and holidaymakers are heading in increasing numbers to enjoy this space and beauty.
Borovets Ski Resort
Bulgaria’s premium ski resort Borovets, just 70 km from Sofia and 10 km from Samokov, is the oldest and most famous ski resort in Bulgaria. Its origin dates back to the late 19th century when it was know as Chamkoriya. This is the area where King Ferdinand built the first royal hunting lodge. Today Borovets is the biggest skiing center in terms of length and capacity and a popular year round location for both international and Bulgarian tourists.
The real charm of Borovets can be felt during the winter. The winter season lasts from December to April and mountain lovers from all over Europe converge on the resort to partake in the many snow sports on offer. As well as traditional skiing and snowboarding the resort offers cross-country skiing, ski jumps and biathlon, ski-doo, ice-skating and night- skiing. Borovets offers 58km of ski runs with various difficulties and lengths which are bashed daily and maintained to a high standard. The ski runs vary in difficulty and length. A further 25km of cross country ski trails weave their way through the tall pine trees and breathtaking nature of Borovets.
Borovets really comes to life by night. The après-ski & nightlife has something for everyone. The resort is full of bars, cafes and restaurants with a mix of international & local Bulgarian cuisine.
In the summer Borovets is just as marvelous as in the winter, offering clean and fresh air, serene centuries-old pine forests, green meadows sprinkled with fragrant flowers and herbs, blue lakes and majestic snow-capped peaks. For nature-lovers the resort is a favorite vacation spot and starting point of many hiking routes in the Rila Mountains.
Borovets is currently undergoing a lot of investment and improvement as part of the Super Borovets project.
Cultural & Leisure Activities
The Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s largest and most famous monastery. It was founded in 927 AD and is hidden high in the Rila Mountains, with unique architecture. It is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural and historic monuments. It is located just 90 minutes from Borovets and is a very enjoyable day trip.
The Seven Rila Lakes
The Seven Rila Lakes are the most spectacular and breathtaking lakes in Bulgaria. This is a place, where you can reach your dreams, enjoy the wind and smile at the tiny purple crocuses. Set high in the Rila Mountains, they can be reached either on foot or by jeep-safari. He lakes are found at different altitudes between 2100 and 2500 meters above sea level and appear like large footprints or steps leading up the mountain. Each of the lakes is named according to its shape. The Seven Rila Lakes comprise an extremely wonderful spot within the boundaries of the Rila National Park. Many of its species are native to the area and are listed in the Red Data Book of Flora and Fauna which classifies them as endangered or rare. Basic accommodation is available near the lakes should you wish to spend a night on the mountain. Guides can also be arranged if you would prefer the company of someone familiar with the area.
Bistritsa Palace – King Ferdinand’s Hunting Lodge
You can visit the Bistritsa Palace (Tsarska Bistritsa) which is the former king’s residence in Borovets. The hunting lodge was nationalized after 1945, when Bulgaria became a Communist state. Following the democratic changes of 1989 the palace was somewhat controversially returned to Simeon II (the last monarch of Bulgaria). The palace now hosts the royal family’s collection of hunting trophies and remains open for public viewings. There you can see the original electro generator Siemens built in 1912 and still supplying the palace with electricity. The architecture of the building is also interesting and combines Bulgarian National Revival architecture other European styles.
Sapareva Banya Spa
If you fancy a day of luxury, Borovets has many hotels which offer spa and wellness centers with a range of massage and beauty treatment. Alternatively you could visit the town of Sapareva Banya tucked in the Rila Mountains which is a natural spa resort and host to Europe’s hottest mineral water and the only active geyser in the Balkans.
Plovdiv - culture crossroads and picturesque nature.
The city of Plovdiv is definitely worth a visit. The old town area is a maze of cobbled streets and Roman ruins representing open-air museum, situated on the three hills of the Trimontiom. If you are lucky you can even take in a classical concert in one of the most remarkable sights of the town, the Ancient Theater (a well preserved ancient Roman Theater) which is still used for open air performances. Plovdiv is also famous as a centre for artists and today the city has many museums and art galleries.
Bansko Ski Resort
Bansko: All Seasons Town and Resort
Home to one of the most modern ski resorts in Europe and nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Pirin Mountain range, the beautiful and historic Bansko Town can be found. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bansko is a medieval town that dates back to the 10th Century. First set up by the Thracians many hundreds of years ago, the Romans and Byzantines have also left their mark on the town. The town has preserved its olden style of the cobbled streets and houses more than 100 years old. It is they that give Bansko its inimitable charm. The houses look like monasteries with their high stonewalls and small shuttered windows. Take a wander down the old cobbled streets and see the traditional style buildings which are the main part of Bansko’s charm. The real Bulgarian spirit is hidden behind fortified walls and heavy gates in spacious rooms with wood-carved ceilings and doors, hand-woven carpets and embroidered cushions, in the murals, icons and the fine iconostasis of the Saint Trinity church.
The unique atmosphere of the town at the foot of the Pirin Mountain is enriched by the characteristic sonority of Bansko male singing, the local sense of humor, the mature red wine and the delicious dishes of traditional Bansko cuisine. The strange feel of the air is one of the most impressive experiences in Bansko – something like smoke or smouldering pine - the magic feeling of something cozy and snug. In the numerous local taverns with the exotic name “mehana” you can sit comfortably, smile, feel the warmth of the open fire and enjoy the soft flavour and the delicious taste of the local sausage called “Old man” /banski starets/.
Bansko combines its atmosphere of a beautiful medieval town with stunning alpine backdrop with first class ski facilities. It is rich in culture and heritage and at the same time, can boast top quality modern ski facilities. The Pirin Mountains are often compared with the French Alps due to their similarity. Due to the alpine character, skiing conditions here are excellent and Bansko is seeing very extensive investment already to turn it into one of the best ski resorts in Bulgaria. New ski lifts have already been installed and the amount of ski runs is being expanded constantly. Snow making facilities have already been improved and skiing can now last into early May. Due to this very extensive investment, the Bansko area is one of the best places to buy into.
See, Hear, Taste Bansko
The ski facilities at Bansko are some of the best in the country. It has recently seen a lot of investment to ensure that everything is top quality and this investment continues right now. As a result, Bansko is one of the hottest new ski property destinations in Europe! Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder, beginner or pro, there is something for everyone at Bansko. Here is what Bansko offers:
Bansko Ski Area
Today the ski area above Bansko has over 70 kilometers of ski runs. They are kept in perfect condition by the Kassbohrer maintenance vehicles and the state-of-the-art snow system guarantees easy skiing for six months – from December to May. A modern lift Doppelmayr Gondola ropeway takes you to the 17 well groomed ski runs of the resort – right in the heart of Pirin Mountain – in minutes. That is where the true winter-tale begins. By the 14 super fast lifts with a total length of 26 kilometers you could reach any of the ski runs and there ski at will. Access is controlled by chip cards Ski Data.
The snowboard fans can enjoy the Fun Park which offers all the extras a snowboard fan may need. For the para-skiers Bansko offers one hundred percent adrenaline experience. The start is just below Todorka Peak and the final can be right beside the first houses of the resort village.
In this ski paradise the extreme ski fans are not forgotten. For the past three years the resort hosted one of the most exciting competitions for off-run skiing, gathering the elite of the Old Continent. The virgin slopes of Pirin Mountain are favorite to skiers from all over the world. Several meters deep snow allows the experience of the full thrill of skiing out of the marked ski runs.
Another extra you might doubt you’ll see here is the Heliski. Top notch ski instructors and professional pilots will fly you by state of- the-art helicopter to mountain slopes where no other skier has ever set foot.
The ski training of all visitors to the resort, starting with the toddlers, is taken care by 130 professional ski instructors. Be sure that even if you are a complete novice, by the end of your vacation you’ll enjoy going down the hardest “Tomba” run sliding along the 16-kilometers of brilliantly lit-up-ski-road to Bansko.
If you want to have a really unforgettable winter holiday, to learn to ski and tell your friends of your unforgettable experience on the white runs at the night parties, then Bansko is your destination.
Summer Time Activities
Once the ski season finishes in May, things don’t just stop in Bansko. The resort and town still has plenty of things to offer. Another reason why Bansko is so popular is because it offers all year round activities to tourists and ski property buyers. Summertime in Bansko lasts from May through summer till October and the weather is very pleasant and mild. Some of the activities that can be done in the resort include walking tours, horseback tours, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, swimming, off road safari by jeep, ATM tours, rafting in the Struma and Mesta rivers, fishing, tennis, soccer, and special craftsmen demonstrations or courses at request. Plus there are a number of interesting local festivals held throughout the year. This list of activities is currently being expanded, so there will always be something to do while staying at your Bulgarian ski property.
If you have ever visited this world resort once, you will come back because Bansko offers all season relaxation and entertainment opportunities. Thus Bansko became a worthy place to visit all year round.
Pamporovo – the sunny pearl of the Rhodope Mountains
Pamporovo is one of Bulgaria's most famous Ski resorts, along with Bansko and Borovets. Pamporovo is the pearl of the beautiful, natural and legendary Rhodope Mountains. The resort is sure to impress anyone regardless of whether you are a skier or not. Unlike many resorts, Pamporovo is not cramped, but spread over a series of fantastic mountains and hills and completely unexploited. Nestled in the Rhodope Mountains, it benefits from being particularly green and stunning in summertime.
The resort benefits from having an exclusive microclimate unlike any other in Bulgaria. It is distinctly Mediterranean having been heavily influenced by the Aegean Sea nearby. As a result, it is the sunniest ski resort and has some of the best summertime temperatures out of all the Bulgarian ski resorts.
It is said that the combination of great weather, pollution free air and land work wonders for your health and age. Consider that Pamporovo and the surrounding region have the highest population of centenarians in the whole of Bulgaria when choosing your property in Bulgaria!
Pamporovo and the Rhodope mountains are steeped in folklore and tradition which add to its abundant charm. It is said that the mythical singer, Orpheus, lived here. Orpheus was the most famous Greek mythical singer and poet, who could charm wild animals and even coax rocks into movement. In legend, he was one of the Argonauts and when they had to pass through the Sirens island, it is said his music prevented the crew from being lured to danger.
Since the time of Orpheus to the present day, this region has always had its own particular type of music which combines ancient folklore and traditional instruments. In fact, one particularly famous Rhodopian folk song was sent into space in a satellite for the benefit of any alien life out there!
For those who enjoy skiing and sun, Pamporovo should be your first choice for making Bulgarian property investment. It benefits from having a mild but very snowy winter with the ski season lasting from December until May. The sun shines fully for an average of 120 days a year and tourists are even advised to bring sun screen.
The ski facilities are impressive and cater for all ski levels and feature a giant slalom ski run. Ski facilities and facts about Pamporovo are as follows:
Total combined length of ski runs: 32kms for alpine disciplines + 30 km slopes for ski run;
Longest ski run: 4.2kms
Ski lifts: 14 in total with 6 chair lifts and 9 drag lifts. Capacity is 11600 people per hour
Highest skiing point: 1937m
Height of Pamporovo resort: 1620m
Also, there are three cross-country runs in the resort, with total length of around 40 km.
New 6-seat chairlift of the Pomagalski company – France is with capacity of 2 400 people per hour -116 chairs of 6 seats each, with length of 2992 meters. It connects Stoikite with the resort. The equipment services two tracks, which enlarges the resort`s skiing area towards the picturesque Stoikite Village. In the lift’s construction were invested just over 13 million BGN (6,5 million EUR).
Pamporovo is often praised on the quality of the ski school and instructors. The resort boasts the services of more than 100 qualified instructors, fluent in numerous languages and able to provide fun and comprehensive ski lessons. Group lessons, cross-country skiing, 1 to 1 lessons etc are all catered for. Difficulty levels vary and lesson lengths can all be arranged upon discussion with instructor. Here there are no avalanches or sudden weather changes, so your safety and peace of mind during the holiday are guaranteed.
As mentioned before, there is something for skiers of all skill levels. Nursery slopes are available for beginners and there kindergartens open from 8.30am to 5pm for children. Intermediates have a choice of over 20kms worth of ski runs to spend time on. For advanced skiers, Pamporovo does not disappoint. The brave can try “The Wall”- the resorts most difficult and testing ski run and the distinctive “TV tower” also has a notoriously difficult ski run starting from it.
There is 24 hour mountain rescue and all pistes and facilities are kept in meticulous condition. In the last two years, millions have been invested in Pamporovo to cater for the explosion in tourism to the resort. Being part of the Top Three ski resorts in Bulgaria, Pamporovo prides itself on being one of the most green and scenic of all three.
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