31 Oct 2018

Top 3 Spooky Attractions In Bulgaria

October 31, 2018
Being so rich in history, it is hardly surprising that Bulgaria is also a hub for hauntings and scary activities. We have put together our top 3 of the spookiest locations in Bulgaria to visit if you're brave enough... Happy Halloween!

Devil's Bridge, Ardino


Devil's Bridge towering shape makes the dark a little unsettling...
 
Constructed between 1515 and 1518, the Devil’s Bridge is the most stunning of the humpbacked bridges that cross the Arda River in Bulgaria. It was built over a demolished Roman bridge and cuts from the steep slopes of the Rhodope Mountains along an ancient road linking the Aegean Sea and the Northern Thracian Valley.


The reason some locals hesitate to cross over at night is rooted in darkness. One story is that the wife of the head builder died while under construction, so her shadow was encased in the structure. Another tale is that the footprint of the devil can be found somewhere on the rocks. While this is all the folklore myth, its towering shape makes the dark a little unsettling.


Devil's Throat Cave, Yagodina


Nothing carried by the river into the Devil's Mouth Cave ever surfaces on the other side...
 
Said to have inspired the tale of Orpheus descending to Hades to find his lover Eurydice, this exquisite geological wonder is undeniably myth-worthy.


The Devil's Throat Cave is a popular tourist attraction in the western Rhodopes of Bulgaria. Enormous and slightly malevolent, the cave descends straight into the depths of the hell, with the river waters plunging 137 ft. into “The Hall of Thunder”. The country's second largest cavern, The Hall of Thunder houses a funnel through which the water flows 500 more feet before it joins the underground river. This underground river presents the most interesting feature of the cave - nothing carried by the river into the Devil's Mouth Cave ever surfaces on the other side.


The walls are carved by men and demons and lead you up and out of the natural entrance into the impressive flora surrounding the diabolic mouth of the cave.


Buzludzha Monument, Buzludzha


At the Buzludzha Monument, it’s hard to shake the sensation that you’re being watched...
 
The peak itself was a battle site between Bulgarians and Turks in 1868. In 1891, a group of socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev met to plan the socialist future of Bulgaria. To celebrate these events, during the height of the Soviet influence, the government decided to erect a monument to commemorate the socialist communism. 


The site was abandoned after the fall of power in 1989 and left open to vandalism. The main entrance was sealed and thus closed to the public. However, there's still a little way to get into the building on the right side. In the Buzludzha Monument, the majority of the artwork was removed or destroyed, but the concrete structure still stands today against the elements.

17 Oct 2018

Bansko Crowned Cheapest Ski Destination In Europe

October 17, 2018
Once again the Eastern European resort of Bansko, Bulgaria has emerged as the cheapest ski destination in Europe, offering consumers the best value for their money this winter. This welcoming news was announced in the recent Post Office Ski Resort Report which compiles data from leading ski resorts around the continent to put together a comprehensive report detailing which destinations provide the best choice available to clients.


The report found Bansko cheapest when it came to a complete ski package including a six-day ski pass and ski/boot hire for one person, together with ski school (five-six half days) and the cost of one lunch on the slopes plus drinks including coffee, Coca-Cola, wine and beer costing just £405.20. Another Balkan Holidays ski destination, third placed Kranjska Gora in Slovenia came in at £451.86 for the same items, over £60 cheaper than fourth placed Vemdalen.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money, said: "There is no denying that Bulgaria is a great destination for cash-conscious skiers. Not only are prices in Bansko at least 10 per cent lower than in its closest competitors, but ski essentials cost less than half those in a third of the European resorts surveyed – including top ones in France, Austria and Switzerland.

Bansko is ideal for beginners but also offers challenging red runs for experienced skiers. With growing pressure on the holiday purse, resort costs should be a key factor in deciding where to ski this season. Sterling is currently stronger against currencies for most European ski resorts compared with last year so it is local prices that will make all the difference.

We found big variations in costs across the eurozone so we urge people to do their homework and check the Ski Resort Report prices before booking.
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No matter what level of ability you are, you can be assured that a fantastic ski holiday and incredible value for money await you in Bansko and Kranjska Gora this winter.

Click here to see the full report.

25 Sep 2018

Could this be THE best ski resort to visit this winter?

September 25, 2018
Ski holidays to Borovets offer great value for money and are a short transfer of just 1.5hours from Sofia airport. The Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets is surrounded by the highest mountains in the Balkans, the Musala (meaning "near God" or "place for prayer") and sits at an altitude of 1320m.



Balkan Holidays offer a range of hotels & apartments within Borovets to suit all budgets including the popular hotels 4* Rila & Rila Studios, 4* Samokov and the 3 & 4* Iglika Palace. These hotels are not only popular for their excellent services and facilities but are also within easy walking distance of the resort centre, making them an ideal base to kick start your holiday from.



Although primarily recommended for beginners and intermediates, the resort of Borovets has three ski areas which cater for all levels of abilities. From the nursery slopes for the beginners to the World Cup runs for the advanced. Beginners can enjoy showing off their newly found skills at the Sitnyakovo ski centre or by wizzing down the newly built Musala pathway. For the intermediate skiers, the resort provides the Yasrebets and Markoudjik areas, perfect for hours and hours of skiing pleasure. The Borosport Ski School has also been hailed in numerous reviews as one of the best schools for ski and snowboard training in Bulgaria.



Borovets is an ideal location for families with children of all ages. With Balkan Holidays, your children can learn to ski from a very early age. From the age of 4, we offer ski kindergarten for children aged 4-7 in the hotels Rila and Samokov. For 6 days, this includes ski packs (skis, sticks and boots), supervision and tuition. For children younger than 4, these two hotels also offer a nursery.


 
Away from the slopes, Borovets is just as popular and well known for its Apres-ski. There are many bars, clubs, restaurants and caf├ęs which come alive once the sun goes down. There is also an opportunity to experience folk dancing shows with traditional Bulgarian music and sample the local cuisine.

Excursions can also be booked with your local Balkan Holidays representative ranging from a visit to the Rila Monastery to a day trip to either the city of Sofia or Plovdiv.

Book your ski holiday to Borovets today and experience the magic of this first class winter resort for yourself this season!

31 Jul 2018

Bulgaria Ski - Your Most Frequently Asked Questions... Answered!

July 31, 2018
As the number one tour operator for ski and board holidays to Bulgaria we at Balkan Holidays have had the pleasure of taking thousands of eager skiers and snowboarders to the slopes of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo every year since 1973. With the new season just around the corner our friendly UK reservations team have been on hand this week to provide us with some of the answers to your most frequently asked questions when it comes to your winter holiday to Bulgaria...

1. Which Resort Is Best For Beginners?

The resort of Pamporovo offers beginners a wide choice of gentle nursery slopes and is host to the highly recommended ski school which makes it easy for beginners to learn quickly and correctly. The resort of Borovets provides an excellent mix of skiing for beginners and for the intermediate skiers making it an ideal choice if you are travelling with someone who has skied before. Our most popular destination - Bansko, offers some excellent skiing for intermediate, advanced and beginner skiers but overall, we would suggest Pamporovo if you're skiing for the first time.

Pamporovo is a great choice for young and old alike learning to ski for the first time

2. Which Resort Has The Shortest Transfer Time?

With all our flights from the UK arriving into Sofia International Airport, the transfer time to your resort will vary. From the three Bulgarian resorts Balkan Holidays offers, Borovets has the shortest transfer time of approximately 1.5 hours compared with 3 hours to Bansko and 2-4 hours to Pamporovo, depending on snow conditions.

Borovets offers the shortest transfer time from Sofia Airport of just 1.5 hours

3. Which Is The Most Compact Resort?

If you're looking for a resort where everything is relatively close by then look no further than Borovets with the majority of hotels and apartments offered by Balkan Holidays situated within 150 meters of the ski lifts. Borovets is often considered the liveliest of our winter resorts and offers the perfect combination of skiing/boarding during the day before partying the night away at one of the many nightlife spots.

The popular resort of Borovets is considered the most compact of all Bulgaria resorts
4. What Do The Ski Extras Cost?

As a non-euro destination, Bulgaria is able to offer holidaymakers the best value for money ski prices in Europe. With prices either the same or lower than last year, pre-booking your ski extras with us before travelling is the best way to save on your ski holiday. The prices for each resort are different so check out the links below for each resort's prices:

Bansko Ski Packs & Services
Borovets Ski Packs & Services
Pamporovo Ski Packs & Services


How Far Is My Hotel From The Ski Lifts?

As we offer such a wide range of hotel and apartment choices for Bulgaria Ski Holidays, it would be impossible to answer this question for each and every property in this article. What we can recommend however is to take a look at the resort introduction pages for each resort in our Winter 2018/19 brochure (Bansko page 10, Pamporovo page 32 and Borovets page 43) where you will be able to see our resort map with all properties marked with corresponding numbers to show you exactly where each hotel and apartment can be found. You can also check out the individual hotel pages in our brochure or on our website where you will see the "Distance from Ski Lifts" information showing you the approximate distance in meters.

The 5*  luxurious Kempinski Hotel in Bansko is located opposite the Gondola lifts
Balkan Holidays offer unbeatable ski deals to Bulgaria starting from only £259pp. To find out more or to book your ski holiday to Bulgaria visit our winter holidays website.

25 Jun 2018

Skiing in Bulgaria: Which Resort?

June 25, 2018
When it comes to skiing in Bulgaria, you may well be bowled over by the level of choice. Three major resorts stand out - but which one should you opt for? While Borovets, Bansko and Pamporovo all make efforts to cater to every type of visitor, they all have unique aspects that may do well in enhancing your holiday. Take a look below and see if you have an easier time making up your mind.

Bansko


Perhaps the best-known of the three, Bansko has attained international acclaim for its ultra-modern facilities and incredible 70km of invigorating slopes. But despite its popularity, it manages to retain its small-town atmosphere, which is charming in itself. Where the pistes themselves are concerned, it's a good all-rounder, catering for the beginners and intermediates, as well as those adrenaline-hungry black run hoggers. Its reputation means that it attracts great instructors from across Europe.


Borovets

If there's a certain aspect to the ski lifestyle that Borovets is particularly known for, it is most definitely the nightlife. The apres ski here is the best you can get, with a plethora of bars just begging to be discovered. Start your night at Buzz Bar where you can enjoy a traditional Bulgarian beer and an international atmosphere before getting your groove on in a nearby club. The skiing itself is also good - beginners and intermediates are likely to be particularly impressed with the variety of runs.



Pamporovo


If you come away from the spectacular slopes of Pamporovo and haven't been touched by the stunning scenery, then you're not human. The sheer splendour of the surrounding mountains is genuinely jaw-dropping, with everything covered by a soft layer of glittering snow. As you strap on your skis, you can be comfortable in the knowledge that you're about to go through some pretty heart-racing runs - indeed, these are some of the most challenging slopes in Bulgaria, with those loving a challeng
e are likely to be very satisfied by the number of red and black pistes. Good luck! You're going to need it.


Balkan Holidays offer unbeatable ski deals to Bulgaria starting from only £259pp. To find out more or to book your ski holiday to Bulgaria visit our winter holidays website.