Borovets summer holidays

Although Borovets is mainly a winter resort, many people love it in summer.

Mountain Hiking in Rila

Borovets attracts more and more visitors in July and August who stay in Borovets as a starting point for various hiking routes in the Rila Mountains. Well trained mountaineers could enjoy the tours to:

Peak Moussala /2925m/

Enthusiasts who would like to climb the Moussala peak could follow a marked footpath from Borovets, it takes approx. 4,20 hrs before you reach Moussala Hut. Alternatively one could use the Gondola Lift from Borovets to the Yastrebets End station- a pleasant 25 min journey. From Yastrebets it is a one hour hike to the Moussala Hut (2,430 m), from which the ascent to the top takes another 2 hours via the shelter Everest. Almost up on the peak there is an Environmental Observatory “Moussala” of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences where climate factors, air pollutants and space radiation are monitored.

The Seven Rila Lakes /2100m/

The Seven Rila Lakes are a group of lakes of glacial origin. They are the most visited mountain lakes in Bulgaria. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 meters elevation above sea level.
Each lake gets its name after its most characteristic feature. The highest one is called "The Tear". The second one is named "The Eye"."The Kidney" is the lake with the steepest shores. "The Twin" is the largest one by area. "The Trefoil" has an irregular shape and low shores. The shallowest lake is “The Fish Lake" and the lowest one is "The Lower Lake", where the waters that flow out of the other lakes are gathered to form the Dzherman River.
Every August many followers of Master Petar Deunov gather at the Seven Rila Lakes for almost a month time to do their special rituals in celebrating the sun. The Master Petar Deunov is probably among the most famous personalities in Bulgarian history and spiritual culture.
The principal subjects in his lectures and talks are: man's place and role in the Universe, in Nature and Society, the spiritual understanding of Culture, Ethics, Psychology, Medicine, Music etc.He gives exercises for breathing, meditation and concentration.
He founds the Paneurythmics, which is played nowadays in USA,Canada, France, Russia and many more countries all over the world.

Hiking route- 5 hours hiking from Govedartsi village before you reach the first lake.

Malyovitsa peak /2729m/

The Malyovitsa part of the Rila Mountains is one of the preferred areas for alpinism and mountain climbing.
Besides the peak of Malyovitsa, there are about a dozen other peaks in the region- Orlovets, Zliya Zab, Lovnitsa, Kamilata, etc, turning this part of the mountain into the most coveted one for climbing and mountain trekking in Bulgaria. Actually, it is right there that the highest alpine walls are situated as well as the most difficult climbing routes. And the view from Malyovitsa peak is more than beautiful.
Malyovitsa is a starting point for many hiking routes: to Fish Lake Chalet (9 to 10 hours); to Rila Monastery (6 hours); to The Seven Rila Lakes Hut (8 hours on the ridge and 5 hours under it)
The peak of Malyovitsa can be reached walking up the marked pathway within two or three hours from the Malyovitsa Hut

Rila Monastery /1147m/

The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated 117 km south of Sofia. The monastery is named after the famous saint and hermit Ivan Rilski. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monument. It is a main tourist attraction in Bulgaria. The whole complex occupies an area of 8,800 sq.m and is rectangular in form, centred around the inner yard where the tower and the main church are situated.
The main church has five domes, three altars and two side chapels. One of the most precious items inside is the gold-plated iconostasis, famous for its wood- carving, the creation of which took five years and four handicraftsmen. The unique frescoes are made by many masters from Bansko, Samokov and Razlog, including the famous brothers Zahari and Dimitar Zograf. There are a lot of valuable icons in the church, dating from the 14th to the 19th century.The four-story residential part of the complex consists of 300 chambers, four chapels, an abbot's room, a kitchen, a library with 250 manuscripts and 9,000 old printed matters, and a donor's room. The exterior of the complex, with high walls of stone and little windows, reminds quite clearly a fortress. The Rafail’s Cross, which is a wooden cross made from a whole piece of wood, is a world- known masterpiece exhibited in the Rila Monastery Museum. It was created by a monk named Rafail who used lenses to chisel out 104 religious scenes and 650 miniature figures. Work on this piece of art lasted 12 years. The legend says that after finishing the cross the monk lost his sight.
Srarting point- Malyovitsa hut, 8 hrs trekking to reach Rila Monastery. From Seven Rila Lakes Hut- 5,30 hrs trekking.

Amateurs could enjoy the splendor scenario while going to the Black rock, Chakar voivoda Hut, Zavratchitsa Hut, Vada Hut, the Eagles’ Rock etc.

Mountain biking

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You could hire a bike and use your imagination to make your own route. There are bikes to be hired in front of Samokov hotel, some other hotels also offer this service. Rila hotel offers mountain bike packages, which include the bike’s hire, guide, and ticket for the lift- if needed.


Only 40 min drive takes you to probably the best golf terrain in Bulgaria- the 18- holes “Air Sofia” golf field. Local facilities include an indoor swimming pool, restaurant, cafe, garden and barbeque, conference hall and sports complex. Air Sofia Golf is a first- class complex form by an 18 hole golf course /PAR: 71,Length: 6359 yards, GR 71.2, Slope 131/, Driving range, Teaching room, Horse riding club, swimming pools, tennis courts, football, volleyball and basketball fields.

Iskar Lake- sailing, fishing and relaxing

Lake Iskar is Bulgaria's largest lake. It is about 15 kms long, following the curves of the main road from Samokov to Sofia. The lake attracts a lot of tourists in summer. During the weekends the sides of the lake are full of people having picnics, enjoying boating and gathering sun tan. Another attraction are the storks, which could be seen walking freely in this area and have given the name to one of the most popular places at Iskar Lake- A stork’s nest.
With lots of private coves and bays, one will have many choices to find a nice and cozy spot to spend the day with family and friends.
Boats and pedalos can be rented at Iskar Lake. On this lake waves will come very rarely, usually its surface is flat and inviting. This makes boating really popular with beginners or families.
For visitors seeking for something a little more extreme, windsurfing is done further down the lake (near the Sofia side). Other watersports like jet-skiing and water-skiing are not quite popular, but also are available at Iskar Lake.


Tennis courts are situated in the suburbs of Borovets. They are open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The necessary equipment could be hired on spot.

Horse riding

Horse riding is also available in Borovets in summer. The horses usually stay at the back of Rila hotel. It is good to make a booking a day in advance if you’d like to enjoy some riding, especially in weekends. Trail rides could last one, two or three hours depending on clients’ request.

Photo Safari, Riding or Hunting

The Iskar Hunting Reserve is no more than 20 min drive from Borovets. Iskar hunting reserve is enormous- about 4000 ha in size and is situated on the shores of Iskar Lake. You could visit this stunning place on a half- day Photo safari and see many wild animals in their natural surroundings. Lots of people spend a week or more in Iskar Hunting reserve for the great riding options it offers. Hunters are attracted for the many red and fallow deers, wild boars, mouflons, wolves, etc. Accommodation is really good, and the food is tasty and plentiful.

Natural Spring Waters

Sapareva Banya- the water of the hottest mineral springs in Europe is therapeutic for a wide range of disorders of the locomotory system, the peripheral and the central nervous system, etc. It is characterized as hyperthermal, low mineralized, sulphate-hydrocarbonate, sodium, fluorine, silicon and sulphide water. The Sapareva Banya mineral water is clear, colorless, with an odor of hydrogen sulphide. Its temperature at the spring is 102 °C. The Sapareva Banya spring water provides successful treatment of disorders of the upper respiratory tract, the peripheral nervous system, the bones, joints and skin. In the summertime an attractive place for the inhabitants and the guests of Sapareva Banya is the outdoor swimming pool with mineral water in the park of the sanatorium. Sapareva Banya is approximately 35 min drive from Borovets.
Belchin Banya- the village of Belchin is 22 km away from Borovets. There are two complexes with outdoor swimming pools full of mineral water

Full day excursions

These excursions are to be booked at the Tourist offices of Rila and Samokov hotels. You could visit Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, Plovdiv- the second largest city in the country with a beautifully preserved Old Town and the gorgeous Roman Amphitheater, Rila Monastery, etc. All excursions include guide and transportation and are a good way to learn more about the people and the country’s history.

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