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About 90 minutes' drive from Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, Borovets was the country’s first major ski resort. If you’re into adrenalin-pumping winter sports, you’re in for a treat. Borovets has more than 20 ski runs and the Borosport Snow Park, one of the best places in Eastern Europe for snowboarding. Summer is no less exciting, with hiking trails across the mountains and perfect conditions for mountain biking and horse riding.
Things to do
Before you hit the slopes, spend some time brushing up on your technique at the Borosport Ski School. When you’re ready for some action, take your pick from over 20 runs, with something to suit every skill level. Come to Borovets in the summer and try one of the great hiking routes into the wilds of Rila National Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, join a guided one-day tour to Musala Peak, Bulgaria’s highest mountain. An SUV safari through the mountains is a great way to see the local wildlife. Keep an eye out for bears, eagles and wild boar.
The destination is not only popular for its snow sports but tourists are also drawn to the area for the beauty of the national forest. There are lots of routes and trails to spend the afternoon hiking, even in summer. Impressive lakes can be found hidden among the trees; a stunning sight to see is the Seven Rila Lakes that are an amazing azure colour. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to see the different species of animals in and among the trees, including red deer, wild boar and a small number of bears, foxes and wolves.
History and traditions
Borovets is located in the northern part of the Rila Mountains, in a picturesque valley at the foot of Mount Musala. The highest peak has an altitude of 1350 meters. The resort was founded over 100 years ago by past Bulgarian kings who liked the area so much they built a traditional hunting lodge and beautiful palace.
The resort is favourable among holidaymakers for the customs and rich Bulgarian traditions. Bulgaria is made up of beautiful villages hidden in cosy valleys. It’s not uncommon to be welcomed by the locals to join in an evening fuelled by hearty local food and delicious wine before participating in dances that are driven by lively, centuries-old music.
The buzzing resort of Borovets has an exceptional party atmosphere and loads of activities to keep you busy when the slopes are closed. Some call it ‘Ibiza on snow’ as a feel-good vibe flows from the illuminated valley when night falls. Most of the bars and pubs have a theme, so you can easily tailor your nightlife accordingly. For casual après drinks, head over to Harp Bar or Mamacitas where you can unwind in the wooden lodge and listen to live music. If you want to escape the chilly weather, warm up in The Titanic bar where you can enjoy a reasonably priced meal and a quick drink in a traditional log cabin.
For a wilder affair, gather your friends and sing your heart out at Black Tiger, whose extensive karaoke list will be sure to get you laughing. End your evening in Buzz Bar where you’ll be able to take to the floor and dance to the latest club classics.
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Golden Sands is one of Bulgaria’s biggest resorts on the Black Sea, and it’s easy to see why it grows more popular every year. The 4-kilometre long beach offers clean, warm sand, crystal-clear water, and a beachfront promenade that is packed with bars and shops. The seaside resort in northern Bulgaria enjoys a mild year-round climate, and there are a number of activities – in and out of the waves – for children and adults.
Things to do
Golden Sands Bulgaria is known for its mineral pools and baths, and everyone should take a dip at least once. Said to have healing powers, these hot springs definitely make you feel wonderfully relaxed! When you’re not chilling in a mineral pool, try out some of the many water sports on offer. From windsurfing and water-skiing to diving and boating, if you can do it on the water, you can do it at Golden Sands.
Children will love the waterpark Aquapolis as well as the mini-golf and pony rides on the beach. Day trips to Varna show you the historic architecture of the ancient region, and wine tours of the area are a fun day out for couples on a romantic getaway. There are so many things to do in and around Golden Sands that you’ll really have the holiday of a lifetime.
Golden Sands lives up to its name with attractive Blue Flag beaches. The 4km stretch of golden sand is said to be ‘the purest along the Black Sea’s shores’. The warm waters are clear and gentle, which is why the area is a hotspot for swimming and water sports. Lush, green forests are a picturesque backdrop against the glistening coastline.
At the beach there’s a host of sports to get involved in, including beach volleyball, tennis and football, simply relax on the sun loungers that line the beach or take a walk up the promenade that is packed with shops, bars and restaurants. With the shallow waves and organised kids’ entertainment such as games and puppet shows, there’s more than enough for families to enjoy.
History and culture
Legend has it that the resort was created by ancient pirates that sailed north of Varna to dig for treasure. Today Golden Sands is famous for its stunning scenery, warm climate and nearby therapeutic hot springs. There’s a delightful, feel-good atmosphere on the shores of Golden Sands, with lots of entertainment to enjoy both day and night.
Golden Sands is renowned for being the ultimate host when it comes to having a great night out. Start off with an early evening cocktail then head for the main strip for live music, karaoke and cabaret. If you are in the dancing mood, grab your friends and head down to a disco and party till the early hours, or if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at one of the glitzy casinos. With its wide range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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In a secluded bay on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Duni is a peaceful and scenic resort famed for its golden sands, crystal-clear waters and protected wildlife. Ideal for families and couples, this purpose-built town offers a range of recreational activities for all ages to enjoy. Whether you’re mastering windsurfing or enjoying an alfresco meal in the neighbouring town of Sozopol, you’re guaranteed stunning views and great service.
Things to do
Away from the party resort of Sunny Beach, holidays to Duni are ideal for families, couples, and the sporty types. Visit the beautiful Blue Flag beach with tranquil hills and forests behind it; this is a part of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastline, which has tons of things to do for everyone.
Try windsurfing, water-skiing, or take a boat trip and see the region from the water. With dive schools and shipwrecks, doing a PADI course or a simple try dive will show you a world you never even imagined. Playgrounds, activities, and lots of organised entertainment will keeps kids happy all week. The warm water and gently shelving beach makes it a perfect location for the smaller ones and nervous toe-dippers.
Try some scuba diving
If you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving, now‘s your chance. From Duni, head over to Dive Sozopol for your first taste of this thrilling sport. After your training session, you’ll be able to discover the incredible world beneath the waves, including colourful sea life and mysterious shipwrecks.
Explore Ravadinovo Castle
You’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale when you visit the stunning Ravadinovo Castle. Even now, people are adding more wonderful bits to this great castle including a mini zoo with lots of friendly animals and some beautiful sculptures. Challenge yourself with the Real Escape Game, where you’ll have one hour to solve all the puzzles to get out of the room.
Get some holiday snaps of the Old Town of Sozopol
In the Old Town you’ll find the all best ruins in one place. Grab lots of holiday snaps of the ancient church and much more, then when you start to feel peckish, head down to the Old Town port and check out the Flaring Bar for some of the finest fish dishes that Sozopol has to offer.
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