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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.
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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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With miles of golden sand on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, Sunny Beach is a popular beach holiday destination for everyone from single travellers to families. The lively resort offers numerous water-sport activities by day, and live music and discos at night. Sunny Beach also has an amusement park, a water park and a small zoo.
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Sunny Beach has become one of Europe’s most popular beach resorts. Holidays to Sunny Beach are all about fun in the sun for everybody from families, couples, groups of friends, and even solo travellers.
With water sports in the sea, diving excursions, and family fun at Action Aquapark, holidays to Sunny Beach are perfect for those who love to splash around. Go horseback riding, quad biking, or try water-skiing for an adrenaline rush before lunch.
There are lots of beach bars and restaurants to choose from; they’ll serve local cuisine as well as treats like hamburgers and fries. Nightlife options in this party town are endless with world-class DJs, huge clubs, and boutique cocktail bars.
It’s not just the buzzing nightlife that drawswarm the holidaymakers to Sunny Beach, the long stretch of soft, golden sand and the warm waters of Bulgaria’s Black Sea attracts many visitors to its shores year on year. The beach is the ideal location for relaxing after those late nights , 8 kilometres of soft sand gradually shelves into warm, calm waves perfect for paddling and swimming in. The mini-train allows you to travel along the promenade, exploring one end of the beach to the other. There are lots of activities to do down by the beach from volleyball, football and an array of water sports.
History and culture
Sunny beach is the Black Sea’s biggest seaside resort. Holidaymakers flock to its shores for the undisturbed months of sunshine, between May and September. The resort began its days in 1958, it was more of a well kept secret than the press it gets today. In the last ten years the area has developed massively with more and more hotels, bars and restaurants lining the streets, giving you everything you may need while you’re on holiday.
Although the area is quite commercialised, you can still find touches of tradition, explore the small harbour town of Nessebar to see beautiful ruins of old churches and buildings. Dine at Khan’s Tent for stunning views of the coast and where legend has it the fearsome Khan Krum had a military camp in the first century.
Sunny Beach is famous for its lively nightlife, which is extremely popular among younger holidaymakers. The main strip, by day is the place to enjoy a tasty meal, at night it’s illuminated by an abundance of neon-lit bars.
Whether you want to dance until the early hours or have a cocktail or two by the beach, the nightlife here has it all. The upbeat atmosphere of the strip will put you in the party mood and if you are unsure of where to go, book onto one of the bar crawls available to you and meet likeminded people all wanting to have a good time.
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Sitting pretty on Bulgaria’s sun-soaked Black Sea coast, Nessebar holidays will whisk you away to a true Baltic beauty spot. You’ll be free to discover the spectacular UNESCO-protected Old Town, before relaxing on the Blue Flag beaches and heading for a seafood special at a waterfront restaurant. Whether you want to soak up the sunshine or be surrounded by history, holidays to Nessebar are just the ticket. No wonder it’s known as the ‘Pearl of the Black Sea’.
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When it comes to sun, sea and culture on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, Nessebar is a firm favourite. From the UNESCO-listed Old Town to the sun-soaked coastline and beyond, this place has plenty to offer. Let’s take a closer look at things to see and do in and around Nessebar.
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