Originally, the alpine village was established as a hunting lodge for the former King and is serviced by the small city of Samokov (the “city of steel”) 10km down the mountain on the road back to the capital, Sofia, about an hour down the highway. Evidence of regal patronage still exists in the form of his palace on the outskirts of the village, nestled among the thick pine trees, and open to the public on certain days.
Borovets has not been exposed to the same level of mass development that other resorts in Bulgaria have seen, such as Pamporovo and Bansko. Mainly due to a massive infrastructure up-grade scheme called Super Borovets that suffers constant “on-off” development status (delivery date sometime in the next century…maybe!), Borovets remains a quaint and picturesque little ski station with only a few new building projects in evidence.
No wonder it is known as "The Green Resort"!
Dominated by two mammoth communist-era hotels (the Rila and Samokov) in the centre of the village, all other accommodation and services appear to huddle in their shadows. This means within a five-minute walk of the centre you have access to almost everything you need.
Some prefer the lower level of sophistication you feel in Borovets compared to other ski stations in Bulgaria. The hill is one of the largest around, has a decent snow record with something for almost every level of skier and rider. The fact that ski runs end literally in the centre of the village combined with the small,quaint bars and restaurants, smell of open barbecues and wood smoke makes Borovets a really charming and romantic option for budget-conscious skiers.
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