The picturesque resort
of Borovets is located in the Rila mountains and is one of the most famous winter
resorts in South-East Europe. Borovets is the oldest mountain resort in Bulgaria,
which often gathers the elite in world skiing. The resort is 1350 m above sea
level on the northern slopes of the Rila Mountain. Borovets is at the foot of
peak Moussala (2925 m) - the highest one on the Balkan Peninsula. The resort
of Borovets is 73 km away from Sofia and 126 km away from Plovdiv (see the map),
which means that both Sofia/Plovdiv with their international airports can serve
as arrival/departure points. In addition to the regular public transport, the
organisers plan to co-operate with the big hotels in Borovets which are especially
experienced in meeting thousands of tourists during the winter. Efficient local
connections will facilitate the conference participants, who may not be experienced
with the Cyrillic alphabet and who - given the fact that the majority of the
Bulgarian population does not speak English - might need some additional support
in this respect at least upon arrival. A taxi from Sofia to Borovets has a relatively
low price, so that arrival by taxi from the national airport in Sofia to the
conference venue is a realistic scenario.
Weather in Borovets
In September the temperatures in the mountains are already comparatively low – cold morning, cold night and frequent rains. Warm clothes and pullovers are preferrable as well as umbrellas.
Borovets in Summer
Borovets is at the foot of peak
Moussala (2925 m), the highest on the Balkan Peninsula.
In summer, one can do a one-day
hike to Moussala,
using the lift from Borovets to Yastrebets and then walking for 8 hours. The
organisers recommend you to bring proper shoes and clothes and to hire a touristic
guide from the hotel.
Touristic shoes are obligatory
since the altitude is considerable, Yastrebets
is quite far away from Moussala and the paths to there are rocky
and steep. Do not forget hats, sun glasses and sun screen (although all those
are also available in the shops). This excursion is not recommended to people
with health problems.
Pleasant walks for less ambitious
tourists are possible as well, without special touristic equipment.