Think skiing holidays are all madly expensive? Not true! Bulgaria is fast becoming the number-one affordable skiing destination in Europe. Unlike the French Alps, you may not stumble across any royalty, but it has good resorts and lots of snowy slopes. On top of that, it’s a gorgeous and interesting country to visit if you’re after a European holiday spot with a difference. If you’re embracing the weather for your winter break this year, bundle up and head for mountains that look straight out of Christmas card.
If you’ve never hit the slopes before, a holiday to Bulgaria is the best choice for beginner skiers. Don’t panic if you haven’t brought your own skis, as there’s plenty of good value equipment to hire and lots of lessons with English-speaking instructors available. You can start off on a nice, gentle piste and enjoy the beautiful views, and work up to the steeper slopes once you’ve got the hang of it. The 3 main ski resorts in Bulgaria are Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo; all with excellent facilities and good après-ski. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, all the resorts also teach snowboarding, and hiking and mountain biking are both popular alternatives for skiing. On holiday with your other half? Treat yourselves to a super-romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow.
The Bulgarian resorts are also becoming popular for the excellent après ski – let’s face it, after a day sliding around the slopes there has got to be a hot drink and a slap-up meal waiting somewhere. Bulgarian food may not be as fancy as you may find in France, but hearty meals at good value will greet you in the resorts. Most also offer bars and clubs for a chilled evening drink or late-night disco.
Had your fill of skiing? There’s plenty more to see and do in Bulgaria that doesn’t involve strapping things to your feet. Bulgaria is a country with fascinating cultural history, and whilst you’re enjoying the area’s stunning natural landscapes take a day to visit some of the local monasteries and historical sites. A must-see is the Rila Monastery, an ancient and perfectly preserved monument to Bulgarian architecture at the heart of the Rila Mountain.
On a girls’ holiday to Bulgaria? The country is full of natural hot mineral springs and is considered one of the best places in Europe for spas – make sure you treat yourself to the hydrothermal therapies or a natural mud treatment.
Tick off a big life experience this year on a fantastic holiday to Bulgaria and enjoy some serious skiing action that doesn’t break the bank. Whether you prefer to be out in the thick of it or off enjoying the sights, Bulgaria has all the ingredients for your perfect winter break. Best of all, when you book with lastminute.com it is the rarest of creatures – an affordable skiing holiday!