Borovec Travel Guide

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Borovec Things to Do

  • Tsarska Bistritsa (Tsar's Bistritsa) -...

    If you are in Borovets a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa is definitly worth. The lodge is still used by Simen Sax Coburg Gotha (Tsar Simeon) from time to time and operating as a museum most of the time. When he is there it is possible that the museum could be closed, so if you want to make it 100% sure that you will get inside you'd better call in...

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  • Tsarska Bistritsa (Tsar's Bistritsa) -...

    If you want to get into the lodge you are supposed to pay an entrance fee. And you should join a guided tour, you can not wander around the house on your own :))). The tours usually last 30 min and start imediately one after the other. Pictures are not allowed. In case you decide to be a pain in the neck and they get sick and tired of you they...

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  • Borovets Slopes Map

    Borovets is the biggest tourist resort of Bulgaria.Located in Rila mountain , south of Sofia ,10 km from Samokov town and 70 km from Sofia.Borovets is a purpose built resort to accomodate large amounts of Package tourists.

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Borovec Hotels

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  • Lion Hotel 4

    Borovetz Center, Borovets, Sofia Region, 2010, Bulgaria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Yastrebets Wellness & Spa

    Borovets Ski Resort, Borovets, Sofia Region, 2010, Bulgaria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Rila Borovets

    The hotel is a little dated, needs a bit of a facelift. The smoking ban definitely has to come into...

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Borovec Restaurants

  • Tsarska Bistritsa Cafe

    If you go to Tsarska Bistritsa and if you are not in a rush you could stop by in Tsarska Bistritsa Cafe. It is a very couzy and small place with interseting interior. Also if it is cold outside it is a good option for warming up yourself before going back to Borovets. The prices are moderate - you could have a cup of tea and a Mars for less than...

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  • Borosport Tavern (mehana Borosport)

    Borosport Tavern is a nice an neat place but if you are looking for a fancy place better go somewhere else. The tavern is definitly cosy, especially if it is cold outside and you sit next to the fire place. It will give you an idea about what it is like to be in a local pub. Well, as such sometimes the music is a bit too loud but you can accept it...

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  • Bar & Dinner "THE BLUE"

    Well, it looks cool from the outside and I should admit that the interior has a specific charm although it is too colorful for my taste.The service is good but I should say that the food was nothing special. As a whole my impression was that the restaurant is a little bit overpriced but I never saw it empty, which means that probably my judgment is...

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Borovec Nightlife

  • Hotel Rila Nightclub

    Well, it is a local disco, not the best one I have ever seen but it is a way to have fun while you are there.What I found a bit anoying there is that the DJ has the habit to change the music styles very drasticly. For example at one moment you are listening to AC/DC and in the next one a Bulgarian folk music, immediatly followed by a techno beat...

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  • More Erotic Bars !

    Nice legs love !Just had to get a picture of myself under this, its just one of those moments that have to be captured, must say did get afew funny looks off some passers, but most were laughing, I thought it was funny anyway, and NO I did'nt go in !

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  • One For The Gentlemen !

    Don't think I need to give a description of this nightspot, think the picture say's it all !You will find these kind of bars/clubs all over Borovets, we spoke to 2 guys who had been and I don't think they got completely naked, but we were walking back to the hotel one night and was passing one, me being the nosey person I am lookied through the...

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Borovec Transportation

  • Going from Sofia to Borovets by bus

    If you have to stay on a budget or you do not want to drive to Borovets going by bus is the alternative since there is no train to Borovets.To do that you need to go to South Bus Station (Avtogara Yug). There is a bus and a shuttle minibus to Samokov every 30 minutes. It takes about an hour to get to Samîkov Bus Station. The price of the ticket is...

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  • Going from Sofia to Borovets by car

    If you choose to travel by car you have to take the following rout: Sofia – Gorubliane – Pancharevo – Samokov - Borovets. The distance is not long at all - only 72 km away from Sofia or a 45 min – 1 hour drive. The road is not that good around Gorubliane and Pancharevo, so pay attention for halls on the road during this part of the trip. Otherwise...

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  • If you're not on Skis the...

    If you're not on Skis the best transport to get around is the Skidoo. However these do seem expensive by Bulgarian prices - it cost us £15 each for 30 mins.!! It was great fun though zipping around the forest paths on the outskirts of the village.

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Borovec Shopping

  • Just an idea for a souvenire

    Well, actually it is a small shop that ha a sign on the front saying it is a supermarket :) You will find it on the street that goes from Samokov to Rila hotel. If you are going up to Rila hotel you will see it on your right almost across Samokov hotel. What you see on the picture could be an idea for a gift to your friends :) It is basically a...

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  • Local Shops

    The shops here sell goods ranging from jumpers, video's, dvd's, Russian Dolls, perfumes, property and even old and new Russian Army knives and army gear !You can get a great deal if you haggle with them Depends on what you buy, I bought a Moschino jumper for 14 Levs

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  • Shopping stalls

    Over the hotel you have lots of shopping stalls, like a sort of market with liquor, nice clothes (got myself a Moschino trouser for only €11!) and some nice presents like the famous madam with smaller & smaller puppets in it. Clothes, liquor, souvenirs, .... Cheap

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Borovec Local Customs

  • A place where dogs and cats live in...

    I was walking alongside Rila hotel and my eyes were scanning the shops for some useless souvenier or a nice CD when I came across that sight - at the entrance of one of the shops the cat and the dog sitting next to each other with no visible signes of hostility between them :)I thought it was just a temporary thing but when I walked back the same...

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  • One of the advantages of Borovets is the...

    One of the reasons I like Borovets is that the place is full of pubs offering delicious food. Most of the restaurants offer both international and local traditional dishes.What makes it even better is that the prices are reasonable. Due to the fact that it is a resort a lot of people speak English and the menus are usually written in several...

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  • Local Police Transport

    After looking at this local police car for awhile in amusement, I came to the conclusion that if we ever were accompanied anywhere by the local law, then I think I'd rather walk. Looks about as reliable as an Austin Metro !

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Borovec Warnings and Dangers

  • Streets covered with thick ice

    This is one of the things that I find truly annoying about Borovets. Seems that the streets, especially this one running along the Rila hotel are covered with thick ice most of the time during the winter season. It is not a one time event, seems like the local authorities are very persistent in keeping the streets icy. Walking on that street can be...

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  • Sometimes it is quite foggy

    This picture was taken about noon but you can see that the fog is so thick that it even seems like it is getting dark :)Sometimes the fogs in Borovets come like from nowhere. For example, half an hour earlier the sun was shining and there was not a single cloud in the skies. The good thing it does not happen that often and it goes away relatively...

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  • Child Beggars

    As much as you may feel sorry for these children they come across and how they look so poor and homeless, don't be fooled !They are sent out during the day but you will mostly see them at night and they are always on the strip down the side of the Rila Hotel and they tend to stand near where the ice has been salted so that you avoid the ice and...

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Borovec Tourist Traps

  • Accessing Internet might be an expensive...

    In general this service a bit overpriced in Borovets compared to the rest of the country. I guess locals just can not resist the pleasure to rip off the tourists :)Usually in Sofia you would pay BGN 1 per hour for a very good club where the computers are fast as well as the connection.In Borovets the connection is not that fast and the place I went...

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  • Local Corner Stalls

    Not so much a trap, well depends on how you look at it. Our friend bought a pair of home made socks of an local Bulgarian man, and he charged her 10 Levs for them, which could of bought you a meal for two ! When I asked her why, she said she felt sorry for him !Try to avoid eye contact with them, looking at their items is ok, but catch their eye...

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  • haggle!

    fortunately i'm from bosnia and bosnians and bulgarians are sort of neighbours and we understand each other's languages so they didn't get us but the thing to watch is that if you speak english you'll generally pay about twice the local price. so try to haggle for pretty much anything you're buying, transport, rentals, etc (doesn't work in bars and...

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Borovec What to Pack

  • Forgot Your Ski's ?

    If you get damaged ski's or just want to buy some boots, then check this place out, as you can see by the outside of the shop, they have plenty to offer !

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  • Good Hats !

    Good holdall's or cases for all your thick winter wear ! Thermal/Fleece Gloves, Ski Gloves, Thermal Socks, Thick Jumpers, Ski Jackets and a good coat for evening, Good Boots with grips, trainers are ok but I would'nt esp if you are walking up a snow hill ! Warm Trousers, jeans are mainly worn but at night you certainly feel the cold coming through...

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Borovec Off The Beaten Path

  • Squirrel

    It is full of woods around Borovets, so I was not surprised to see a squirrel there :)In general squirrels in Bulgaria do not like people that much, they usually run away from them. This one looks very shy on the picture but was an exception of the rule. Only a minute after I saw her it came town to a guy who was working in the restarunt nearby and...

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  • Chernata skala (The Black Rock)

    There is a forestry in Borovets and a dust road that goes right next to the forestry building if you walk up the road or about an hour you will get to Chernata skala (The Black Rock). You will be walking trough a pine wood and breath the fresh air that usually goes with the pine woods. If you are lazy, you can go upthere by car but be aware that it...

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  • 7 Rila Lakes

    Bought a postcard with a summertime view of the seven Rila Lakes, and as amazing as they looked on their, they looked even better 3000ft yp !You can just make out 2 of them, one being larger than the other

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Borovec Sports & Outdoors

  • Sport Center - Rila hotel

    The Sports center includes a 25 m long swimming pool and Jacuzzis. They are free of charge for the hotel guests but can also be used from you even if you are not a guest of the hotel. There are also 3 or 4 sauna rooms, a steam bath, a solarium and massage.What I love about this sport center is the swimming pool. It is glass-walled indoor pool...

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  • ski is the best

    GREAT SLOPES AND BEGIN RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL ...THIS IS VERY GOOD ..U DONT HAVE TO WALK ..NOTHING ... NOT SO GOOD EQUIPMENT BUT GET UR OWN FOR GOOD

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  • Map and orientation

    So, here is the map of the resort :)))The main hotels, the parking lots, the pharmacy and the post office are marked there. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you would be able to see it better.Borovets is not that big, so most probably on the second day you will have a quite clear idea how to get from one place to another. If you still have...

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  • Money Issues

    Well, cards are not that popular in Borovets, so you will most probably use cash for paying your bills most of the time.One of the places to obtain cash either via withdrawing it from an ATM or exchanging your currency for Bulgarian one is the office of HVB Bank Biochim. I was told that there is another ATMs in Borovets but I have not seen them. I...

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  • Toilet or Shower, Take Your Pick

    This has just GOT to be the main thing that stuck out in my mind about my holiday, I know Bulgaria is still an up and coming holiday resort, and they are doing very well, but PLEASE look at this picture and smile, then you'll see why this holiday will ALWAYS stick in my mind. Thanks :- )

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