Finally we can praise with the summer activities site version of Hunters, where we challenge you, to discover the summer face of Borovets.
BOROVETS is home to the first and most famous Bulgarian mountain resorts. Only 73km, and less than 50 minutes away from Sofia, the village sits at an altitude of 1350 metres at the base of Mt Moussala (2925m), the highest peak on the Balkan peninsula.
Established at the end of the 19th century as a hunting village for the Bulgarian kings, Borovets is now renowned for skiing and winter sports.
However, in the summer the Rila Mountain village transforms from a high-velocity, action-packed winter holiday location into a quiet, peaceful summer holiday location.
The name Rila descends from the Slavic word "rula" which means "full of water". The mountains are filled with more than 200 lakes and surrounded by wild mountainous terrain containing more than 2000 different species of flora.
We encourages nature-loving holidaymakers who are looking for clean and fresh air, long walks and a peaceful alternative to a Black Sea vacation. "Borovets in the summer" is a totally different place to the winter, it is place for those who want to appreciate the beauty of the mountain and the Bulgarian culture.
Taking a walk on the Rila Mountain is considered the number one summer activity. The signature hiking route to Chernata Skala, commonly known as Black Rock, takes visitors through century-old pine forests, passing flower-covered green meadows and across small picturesque streams. After the leisurely two-hour trek, you will find there are plenty of places to picnic while admiring the wonderful view. If the four-hour walk sounds like a bit much then adventurers can go on horseback or by horse drawn carriage.
The hiking enthusiast can find a wide range of trails from easy to difficult and all generally well sign posted. Some of the more famous walks are to Mt. Moussala - six hours, and from the upper station of the Gondola - three hours, to Sitnyakovo Palace - 1.5 hours, to Chakur Voyvoda Chalet - 2.5 hours, to Saragyol Palace - three hours, to the Maritsa Chalet - 4.5 hours, to the Zavrachitsa Chalet - six hours.
The Bikers are offered 20 km mountain bike trails with 4 levels of difficulty at Borovets Mountain Bike Park. The park comprises of 2200m long downhill trails for experts with 440m vertical drop, as well as special trails for children.
Water sports are also available for all Borovets' guests. Short drive from resort will take you to Iskar Lake where you can enjoy water ski, jet ski, speed boat, wake and knee boarding, wake skate, wake surf and many more.
Borovets at this time of year doesn't cater for the extreme sports tourist just yet, but with some imagination and a mountain bike, there is plenty of challenging terrain to satisfy.
But all that said Borovets in the summer is all about relaxation and taking time out to enjoy a little slice of nature's paradise.
Our guides are young and enthusiastic, eager to reveal you the best of the trip. They are true experts in the field, speak multiple languages and enjoy sharing their passion for their tours and welcome your calls or e-mails!
Our hiking, horse riding and cycling guides have detailed knowledge of the trips themselves and the conditions that may occur along the route, keeping you safe and well informed all the time. There are no secrets for them either up in the mountains or deep in the gorges as you can be sure - they have experienced the tour many times before.