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Chalet Village in Natural "Narnia" pine forest

Ski Chalet | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Ski
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 99km

An ideal place for a cheap family or group ski holiday or a place to visit in summer if you are on a budget but do not like scorching heat!

Ski and Summer Chalets provide affordable ski accommodation in Pamporovo, Bulgaria.

Set away from it all in a wood near to Pamporovo, Chalets at Pamporovo Village is a picturesque holiday village of 38 chalets (Large groups can be accommodated in neighbouring chalets) surrounded by mountains, set in the forest with lots of snow. It really looks like Narnia and is very popular with the children and the romantic and young at heart. This chalet is 121 sq metres.In summer it is a mountain villa with pool. Rural retreat or active.

Most people hire a car but there is a shuttle service to the slopes.

We have a new sauna and massage treatments may be booked..

Flexible arrival and departure dates.

Cheap summer holiday! Deals:

Buy one week - get one week free (for holidays taken between 25 May and 23 June,

We will also take bookings for 2 nights in summer.

In summer combine visiting this fairy tale place with a week on the Greek Aegean - we are within 100km of Kavala or the island of Thassos is a lovely island.

Save on your holiday price!

#early booking discount 10%

#Loyalty discount of 20%.

#Late Deals - at least 20% off or

#Last Minute discounts available for bookings within 7 days of arrival - up to 40% off

#Affordable family accommodation and cheap skiing. Ski lift passes are just over half the price of those in Austria.

The benefit of staying in a chalet includes a separate room for the kids and a living space for you to chill out in the evening. You also have a kitchen area and all the comforts of home but with an onsite restaurant and bar.

There is nothing worse than taking the kids on holiday and being stuck in a hotel room while they are sleeping/lights out early/having to be quiet...

Small chalets are a good option with parents able to chill out by the cosy, romantic wood burning fire with the kids asleep upstairs and in a separate bedroom, but still close enough to hear.

Interski Pamporovo are our preferred provider for all your skiing needs - tuition and equipment - and give a 100% best price guarantee.

The Ride Spot can provide all your snowboarding needs. These are both at Ski Centre 2 Hotel Marcony.

Ski School Steve at Studenets at, Middle Ski Station is nearest..skischoolsteve.com/

#Cheap skiing and snowboarding and excellent snow cover - the snow record stats

See more details in our section Pamporovo

#Snow cover 2013

25 Feb 2013 excellent conditions 170cm upper slopes and 130cm snow cover lower slopes. The season ends

mid April, but the slopes will be almost empty after 5 March. Come for a #late deal! Come for #Easter ski

16 Jan 180cm snow cover on upper slopes and 100cm on lower slopes now and more snow expected soon!

#Snow Report #Europe 2 Feb 2013

The #cheapest places

Most of Europe has excellent #snow

#Austria Kitzbbuhel 145cm at the top and lower slopes 45cm

#Slovenia #Kranjska Gora 80/40cm

but not as #cheap as

#Bulgaria #Bansko cover 80cm at the top and 40 cm on Lower slopes #Borovets 160/110cm

#Pamporovo 180/140 excellent and Conditions!!!

Snow record 2012

Snow in April - so much for global warming!

120cm on upper slopes and 100cm on lower slopes!

Latest snowfall 20cm on 10 April 2012!

Zell am See, Austria has 121cm on upper slopes and 5cm on lower slopes.

Certainly a cheap ski holiday for a family or group of friends. But you do not sacrifice on quality accommodation.

More snow in Pamporovo!

15 March 2012 lovely sunshine!

Upper slopes 200cm/Lower slopes 190cm - good by any resort standards! for March! (even the most expensive ones in the Alps or North America).

Zermatt in Switzerland currently has 150 cm snow cover on the upper slopes and 10cm on the lower slopes.

Zell Am See in Austria currently has 179cm cover on the upper slopes but 15cm on the lower slopes.

#Specialty lodging in Pamporovo

Welcome to the Aldi world of skiing and snowboarding.

Certainly a #cheap ski holiday for a family or group of friends. But very comfortable. You do not sacrifice on #quality accommodation.

Reviews see Trip Advisor Chalets at Pamporovo Village speciality lodging in Pamporovo

#Bargain price - Comfortable accommodation for up to 5 persons.. We are featuring Chalet 25. This ski chalet has a traditional open plan living room with dining area, and cosy romantic home warming wood burning fire but has also got central heating. There are 2 sofas, a dining table and seating for 5.. There is cable television and DVD player/family selection of DVDs Playstation/games and wireless I-Net (wireless internet). There is a fully equipped kitchen.

The onsite restaurant and bar just across the quiet road. For more details see our section on Features and Facilities.

Up the traditional wooden staircase, there are 2 shower rooms with WCs (1 is en suite). There are fitted wardrobes; each bedroom has its own balcony. There is a covered patio. you can sit and watch the beautiful sun-sets. The ski chalet is ideal for either families or groups of friends and is just across a small road from the restaurant and bar. Projects nearing completion include a spa, children's play area and a Kindergarten. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Larger groups can be accommodated by renting neighbouring chalets as well.

For those wanting to see more of Bulgaria, consider a two centre holiday with a week on the Black Sea coast.

If you would like a 2 centre holiday with a week on the Black Sea at Bourgas (Sunny Beach) Sozopol or Sinemorets, the last section of the A1 Motorway has now been completed and so as a consequence, you can get across to the coast in about 3.5 hours.

See images and tips on our Google + pages Chalets at Pamporovo Village as to why you should consider a summer holiday in Bulgaria, including staying in our chalet accommodation in the Rhodope Mountain region.

#Late Deals from mid January - bargain ski holiday!

#Loyalty discount of 20%.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kavala (Greek Aegean) 99 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 30 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Plovdiv (Sofia is 250km) 85 km, Nearest railway: Plovdiv 85 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The living area of the chalet is 121 square meters and it stands on a 200 sq meter plot.

There are two double bedrooms - one with an en-suite bathroom. There is a second bathroom. Both

bathrooms have shower enclosures. The second bedroom is actually slightly bigger than the first. Both

bedrooms could be arranged either as a double bedroom or as a twin bedroom.

There is certainly adequate sofa space to sleep two more people downstairs. There is a downstairs toilet

with washbasin.

Further details outdoors

Forest Nook 2 is a secure community. There is a little drive to the hamlet - space for snowball play and ideal for children. A children's play area and Kindergarten are being completed.

In summer there is space for play on the grassy areas and there is a communal swimming pool.

There is a covered patio where you can sit and watch the beautiful sunsets.

Both double bedrooms have their own balcony.

There is a new Adventure Centre - so you can have an adventure holiday or just relax in our rural retreat.

Activities Centre at Pamporovo Village

Adventure

Try a Multi Activity Holiday to the beautiful Rhodopi Mountain area (including Pamporovo Ski Resort) for sunshine and relaxation as well as an extensive array of adrenaline and leisure sports activities. Our Activities Centre provides adventurous activities to suit all levels, and will appeal to friends and family, as well as couples and solos. We can also provide excursions for you to admire the magnificent scenery and for the cuture vultures. In other words, a holiday to suit all ages and to suit the passive to the adrenaline junkies.

Pamporovo/Forest Nook is situated in an area of Lakes and Mountains and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Whether you feel like trying whitewater rafting or quad biking, cycling, horse riding, mountain hiking or abseiling, paintballing or jeep safaris there is a wide range of activities to suit all.

Getting close to nature and taking advantage of the scenery by horseback or jumping on a sledge pulled by huskies is the perfect opportunity to see the amazing scenery Bulgaria has to offer.

Excursions can also be provided for you to admire the magnificent scenery and for the cuture vultures to ancient Plovdiv (Roman) and the Thracian fortress of Perperikon - Bulgaria's Delphi - the Ancient City of Excessive Pleasures! see more info from http://www.perperikon.bg/home.php?cp=2 and http://www.balkantravellers.com/en/read/article/859

Excurions include:

The Canyon of Waterfalls at Smolyan

Devin - hot mineral springs

Yagodinska Caves - longest caves in Bulgaria - fantastic rock formations some several storeys high

Xanthi day trip to Greece - about 2 hour drive - archeological and historical

Plovdiv - Roman Amphitheatre still in use; roman ruins, nineteenth century old town, museums, art galleries

Devil's Throat Cave - spectacular underground waterfalls /and Trigrad Gorge - "most wonderful natural sight in Bulgaria" karst rock formation

Day trip to Shiroka Luca - quaint historic village, Gela - for amazing views and Perelik - highest peak in the Rhodopi mountains

Wonderful Bridges rock formation

Assenovgrad - historical old town with many churches and chapels and Aropski Monastery

Bachkovo Monastery - a must see

Perperikon and Thracian Archeological sites day trip

There is also a water park at Plovdiv. In other words, this is a holiday to suit all ages and to suit the passive to the adrenaline junkies.

Alpha Holiday Lettings

Ski chalet is FOR SALE by owner. Contact the owner via this website. The sale will not affect further rental

bookings. Pamporovo is for the future (as well as today): Recently plans have been put in place to link Pamporovo's

Perelik peak with Smolyan and its lakes. There are also plans to link Pamprovo with Mechi Chai, the nearby ski resort at Chepelare. For those wanting to ski on longer red runs this will be a great bonus. Advanced skiiers and snowboarders can already ski/snowboard to Chepelare (wtih a guide/instructor). It is a short drive away. It is hoped this will transform the Rhodopi mountains into the biggest ski area in Bulgaria. The brand new Perelik Golf Course is being built at the foot of the Rhodopi Mountains.

A new motorway has recently been completed through the mountains linking Pamporovo with the Greek Aegean coast. Winter or summer , Bulgaria is the cheapest holiday destination in Europe.

Further details

The owners weekend rates apply to Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Prices may be subject to change at owners discretion.

Flexible arrival/departure dates can be accommodated. For more details see www.chaletsatpamporovovillage.com Refundable £100 security deposit is required . This would be held against breakages/damage and returned after your stay.

This ski chalet is FOR SALE.(Fully equipped and fully furnished as described). If interested please contact the owner via this website. Any sale will not affect further bookings.The chalet/area has investment potential. Most of the available land has been or is already being developed. Vast sums are being spent on tourism in Bulgaria, and in the further improvement of ski resorts and construction of Golf courses. Both apply to Pamporovo with the Perelik project, the intention of linking the resorts of Pamporovo with nearby Mechi Chai at Chepelare, and construction of the new motorway through the mountains linking Pamporovo to the Aegean coast of Greece.

The Pirin/Rhodope Mountains region

Bulgaria is the cheapest holiday destination in Europe. Pamporovo is in the heart of the Rhodope mountains about 250km form Sofia and 85km from Plovdiv.It is the southernmost ski resort in Europe, with an average winter sunshine of 120 days - but the snow isreliable. (consider how unreliable the snow cover was in many European resorts 2006/7).Resort altitude is 1650M and temperatures average a pleasant -3C. Ski season is mid December to early April.Average snowfall 1.5M The peak is Snejanka (Snow White) at 1926M.There is virtually no risk of avalanche.

Summer in Pamporovo and Rhodope Mountain region

Pamporovo is the southern most ski resort in Europe and the sunniest mountain resort in Bulgaria. Summer temperatures range from May 10C -20C with similar temperatures at the start of October.This is the time for

hunting wild boar - excursions can be arranged. The autumn leaves are spectacular (New England Fall but in Europe).July and August can reach an average high of 24c and low rainfall July through September (about 30mm during each of these months, August being driest).

Car Hire during summer is recommended to take advantage of exploring the beautiful mountain area.

A small family car would be adequate around £170 per week. The drive from the airport (Sofia) to Forest Nook takes about 3 hours and the scenery is lovely.

Witness the rural splendor. Visit the "emerald eyes" of the Rhodope mountain area - the Smolyan Lakes.The

deepest and most beautiful of the seven lakes is Muddy Lake (not muddy!). Devin Spa is famous and you could treat yourself! The Yagodina Cave is the longest cave in Bulgaria and is several storeys high in parts. You can take a tour which highlights the remarkable stalactites and stalagmites, which in places resemble curtains. Neolithic settlers lived in the caves in the 6th millennium BC. There is a spectacular underground waterfall 42m fall in the Devil''s Throat cave - so called because objects allowed to flow in do not flow out. The Trigradska River flows through the fantastic Devil's Throat Cave . Stretching 7,000 meters the water forms eighteen waterfalls and exits onto a canyon. It leads to the Trigad Gorge, a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Its incomparable karst formation is the most impressive natural sight in Bulgaria.

Off the slopes

Apres Ski

Pamporovo has apres ski with value prices. Of note are:

The underground nightclub and discotheque at Forest Nook 3

BJs bar in the lobby of Hotel Perelik

Dak's Bar on the ground floor of Hotel Snejanka

Night Flight in Hotel Rojen. A new disco, the largest in Pamporovo. Very good party Spider Night Club

The White Hart Pub in the centre of Pamporovo. Traditional pub good for party, good for food from pub grub, bangers and mash to T bone steaks. Vegetarian pizza ande pasta dishes.

Restaurants in Smolyan offer excellent value. Try a traditional Bulgarian evening out at the Bacchus

restaurant with excellent food and staff in traditional dress and music. For good food at value prices

try the restaurant Rhodopsi Kat in Smolyan.

Local tips

Restaurants in Smolyan are much better value than those in Pamporovo.

There is a new Billa supermarket in Smolyan.

Smolyan is also good for leather goods - especially leather boots.

Late deals in March - not just for accommodation but for even more reduced ski lift passes. Free lift passes on 9 and 12 April 2012.

For posts and videos of snowboarding and skiing and husky dog sledging in Pamporovo see our page on g+

https://plus.google.com/b/107341834608469109512/116610712441822621802/posts

Ancient Plovdiv is contemporary to Troy and there are Roman ruins and Roman roads. There is a Roman amphitheatre still in use today. The lovely old town has been restored to its mid 19th century appearance. Plovdiv is definitely worth a visit. Modern Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second city.

The children would appreciate a visit to the water park, Aqua Land in Plovdiv.

Zlatograd is an outdoor museum of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - the Enlightenment period in Bulgaria.

Summer in the Pamporovo/Rhodopi Mountain - rural retreat or active

Mountain Bike Park Pamporovo opens June.

Activity holidays in the mountains in summer - including water skiing nearby at the Vacha or Dospat Dams.

In the summer there is horse riding,mountain biking and walking/hiking. Quad Biking. There is also fishing, canoeing, hunting and bird watching. Places of interest:-rock formations (eg the Miraculous Bridges , near the village of Kosovo; the "elephant" near Devin and "the maiden" resembling a standing woman on the outskirts of Shiroka Luca). The Yagodinska Cave/Yagodina and the Buinovo Gorge. The Trigad Gorge - the most impressive natural sight in Bulgaria where you will also find The Devil's Throat Cave. Chudnite Mostove rock formation in pine forest. Smilian and Arda are spectular mountain valleys and the Uhlovitsa Cave. Rockclimbing; river activities; roman ruins; caves; fortresses; monasteries; churches and chapels - four churches are considered artistic cultural monuments of national historic significance.

Although it is primarily a winter resort Pamporovo is also pleasant to visit off season, the picturesque surrounding mountains with peaks of up to 2000 metres (6550 ft) make for ideal hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Sunshine is generally reliable at 20-23C.

"NEWS FLASH!!! Pamporovo Mountain Bike Park opened 30n June 2012.

Looking for a cheaper alternative to the Alps?? Ever thought of Bulgaria?? Why would we suggest this??

One area, price of food and drink, but it goes beyond this. Accommodation, uplift, travel, in fact everything. Trails that are deserted, unmolested and raw, fantastic weather, friendly local riders, a number of other activities, paragliding, wakeboarding, atv's, horseriding etc etc all at a fraction of what you would pay in the Alps.

Devin is a nice small town in which there is a natural mineral lake which is very popular along with the outdoor lido at the Orpheus Hotel resort.

In Devin you will find the Vacha Dam/reservoir where you could water ski or alternatively Dospat Dam hosts a number of water sports in which you could partake.. Don't forget the water canyons in Smolyan: this is a breath taking walk with magnificent views, you could try abseiling down one of the water canyons.

Forest Nook has an Activities Centre. e.g on offer in winter Off road ATV, Off road safari, mountain winter

hikes (with guide) and snowshoeing. In summer Via Ferrata, canoeing,caves, off road ATV, off road safari,excursions, mountain hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, Quad bikingBudget skiing in winter. Activity holiday in summer. Our mountain guide, Dicho, would be happy to arrangevirtually any activity. He is also a qualified ski instructor and will give lessons at very reasonable rates.

If you want excitement Arda is well worth a visit, there is caving, bungie jumping and a whole host of activities.

Quad bikes and bicycles are available to rent in Pamporovo and Smolyan.

For a little fun try paintballing at Smolyan Lakes or a day's fishing. You can go angling around Pamporovo, on fishing trips in Chepelare's surroundings in the river which cuts through the town. It is possible to fish for trout here or just as you enter Smolyan there is a small lake with gorgeous views.

You may be able to horse ride to Greece from Arda.

Group holidays can be accommodated. Our neighbours' chalet is available for rent.

Driving down from the chalet complex takes you to #Levochevo where there is a horse riding school. Continue on this road which brings you out about 4km from Smolyan along the route to Plovdiv.The scenery on route is fantastic and you pass through some really nice traditional old villages were I doubt anyone has ever even seen a foreigner!

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THe World Car Rally came to the Balkans for the first time in July 2010. There is plenty of exciting driving in the

mountain areas.

For the culture lovers

History:-

The Rhodopes is home of the mythical singer Orpheus and the clan of guards of the sanctuary of Dionysus.

Archaeological excavations date back to the 7th century BC. There are remains of Thracian fortresses which guarded an ancient Thracian road from Abdera, on the Aegean coast, to Istros on the Danube. The churches and chapels date back to the Bulgarian Revival period (1762-1878) when cultural and educational life flourished in the region. 15 chapels are considered of regional historic significance. The Bachkovo Monastery is a must see.

Visit Veliko Turnavo - city of the Bulgarian Tsars, many centuries ago.

Perperikon, Bulgaria's Delphi: the Ancient City of Excessive Pleasures

Perperikon (changed through the years from the Greek name Hyperperakion) is the most significant archaeological find on Bulgarian territory for the last 20 years. Scientists believe that it was precisely Perperikon that was the temple of Dionysus described by Herodotus, which used to rival Delphi in Antiquity.

For Nature. For a summer rural retreat with breathtaking scenery

Wildlife

The Rhodopes are a haven for bird watchers,and contain over 200 species - many of which are rare. You may see Golden Eagle, or dippers and kingfishers by streams. The highland lakes are really beautiful blue. There are lush meadows home to an abundance of wild flowers - many are not found anywhere else on Earth. According to legend the flower Silivriak with its pink petals (spring) bloomed out of the blood of Orpheus after he was dismembered. Silivriak (heberlea rhodopaensis) is the symbol of the Rhodopes. The region is famous for mushrooms and herbs.The Rhodopes are one of the few mountain ranges in Euirope where Brown Bear and wolves still live. There are guided walks on the wildlfe,birds and the rare plants and flowers and lovely walks and excursions into the Rhodopi mountains. The ski lifts run in summer.

Pamporovo is the southern most ski resort in Europe and the sunniest mountain resort in Bulgaria. Summer temperatures range from May 10C -20C with similar temperatures at the start of October.This is the time for hunting wild boar - excursions can be arranged. The autumn leaves are spectacular (New England Fall but in Europe).July and August can reach an average high of 24c and low rainfall July through September (about 30mm during each of these months, August being driest).

Car Hire during summer is recommended to take advantage of exploring the beautiful mountain area. A small family car would be adequate around £170 per week. The drive from the airport (Sofia) to Forest Nook takes about 3 hours and the scenery is lovely.

Witness the rural splendor. Visit the "emerald eyes" of the Rhodope mountain area - the Smolyan Lakes. The deepest and most beautiful of the seven lakes is Muddy Lake (not muddy!). Devin Spa is famous and you could treat yourself! The Yagodina Cave is the longest cave in Bulgaria and is several storeys high in parts. You can take a tour which highlights the remarkable stalactites and stalagmites, which in places resemble curtains. Neolithic settlers lived in the caves in the 6th millennium BC. There is a spectacular underground waterfall 42m fall in the Devil''s Throat cave - so called because objects allowed to flow in do not flow out. The Trigradska River flows through the fantastic Devil's Throat Cave . Stretching 7,000 meters the water forms eighteen waterfalls and exits onto a canyon. It leads to the Trigad Gorge, a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Its incomparable karst formation is the most impressive natural sight in Bulgaria.

2 Centre holidays - relax on the beach after an activity holiday in the mountains

For those wanting to see more of Bulgaria, why not consider a two centre summer holiday with a week at Chalets at Pamporovo Village and a week on the Black Sea coast. Most car rental firms will allow a pick up and drop off at different airports.

We are not far from the Greek Aegean coast.There is a new road through the mountains (via Zlatograd) to

Xanthi which will reduce the journey time to just 90 minutes. You can reach Chalkidiki in 3 hours. You could rent a place there for a few days. Most of all we recommend psl-bg for both car hire and cross border airport transfers.

Tip for 2 centre holidays

The site www.holidaylettings.co.uk has a number of villas and apartments to rent on the Black Sea coast, but

for those wanting a 2 centre holiday with the Aegean coast , we would suggest you look at teletext holidays and www.travelsupermarket.com/ www.cheapflights.co.uk for both flights and holidays. Kavala is about a 4 hour drive from Pamporovo Village and you may get a last minute holiday in the Greek island of Thasos cheaper

than a return flight from Kavala. (The flights go into Kavala). We recommend car hire from .psl-bg for cross border.

Pamporovo

Pamporovo Ski Resort guide and Bucket list

Neilson say Pamporovo is "Quite possibly the best value place in the world to learn to ski".

Certainly, in my personal experience, the tuition for both skiing and snowboarding is absolutely excellent with English speaking instructors. It is also very cheap compared to anywhere else.

The resort is situated in the heart of the Rhodope mountains surrounded by pine forest and according to Crystal Ski is "like skiing in Narnia". It is a very pretty, Christmas card picture ski resort area. It is more Canadian in appearance than Alpine.

There are gentle slopes for the beginners. Pamporovo Centre has a small selection of shops, taverns, bars and restaurants and an inexpensive

apres-ski scene.

We like

Affordable skiing

Excellent tuition for beginners and children.

Plentiful choice of accommodation all at value prices.

Some ski-in/ski out apartments.

Rare long queues (except New Year).

Fast lifts and modern infrastructure.

Good group holiday for families and beginner and intermediate skiers.

We don't like

Not a great deal for non skiers. (But there is ice skating, dog sledging and snow tubing).

Limited for experts.

Food in hotel establishments is not very good - and customer service is not fantastic. Better to self cater or eat out.

Location

Pamporovo is situated in the heart of the Rhodopi mountains about 85km from Plovdiv (Bulgaria's second city) Airport PDV served by Ryanair and charter flights. Try Charter Flight Centre. Sofia (SOF) is bigger and about 250km distant. Sofia is served by many airlines including Easy Jet. Try the normal cheapflights.co.uk/easyvoyage.co.uk for price comparisons. Flights into Kavala (about 99km) (KAV) might also be worth considering.

Airport transfers to Pamporovo can easily be arranged and most establishments provide a ski shuttle service to the slopes. Many people hire cars, especially 4x4. Prices are competitive. Driving times from Plovdiv are about one and half hours, from Kavala about 2 hours, and from Sofia about 3 and half-4 hours.

Few people actually live in Pamporovo. The centre developed as a resort. This is the hotel/restaurant/tavern/bars/shops area. There is also a plentiful supply of apartments and chalets available for holiday lets winter and summer. Pamporovo experienced a building boom, but is quite spread out. It is much less developed than Bansko, but the supply of accommodation still exceeds the demand (except during the New Year period) so there are good deals available.

There are plenty of places to visit nearby such as the Smolyan Lakes (take the chair lift). In summer visit the Wonderful Bridges and Bachkovo Monastery. There are wonderful waterfalls at nearby Smolyan and the Devin Spa is famous. There are also the Devil's Throat Cave

and spectacular Yogodina caves.

Pamporovo has a soft winter climate with an average of about 120 sunny days. Yet snow cover is generally good - especially compared to other value destinations outside Bulgaria such as Poina Brasov in Romania and Kranjska Gora or Bled in Slovenia. Snow cover in 2012 was exceptional (perhaps unusually) beating Bansko for most of the winter. It even beat the snow cover for the Swiss and

Austrian resorts and those in the USA.

Resort stats

Size of ski area (km) 37km

Resort height

1650m

Highest lift 1926m

Lowest piste 1650m

Maximum vertical 276m

Green runs 5

Blue runs 4

Red runs 7

Black runs 3

Lifts 13

On the slopes

Pamporovo resort altitude is 1650M and temperatures average a pleasant -3C. Ski season is mid December to early April. Average snowfall 1.5M. During 2012 the upper slopes were covered by nearly 3 M of snow, and even over 200cm snow cover on the lower slopes. The peak is Snejanka (Snow White) is at 1926M.There is virtually no risk of avalanche.

The slopes with overall length of 37km suitable for all ages and abilities, but being mostly famous as an excellent choice for beginners and intermediates. There is a preponderance of green and blue runs, and a few reds and a black mogul run. The resort boasts a new snowmaking system composed of 80 snow cannons covering 90% of the ski runs as well as a new 3740m long ski run serviced by unique 6-chair open lift. Queuing is rare due to a new up-to-date system of rope-ways, a product of the famous Austrian company "Axess" with capacity of 11,600 persons per hour. For the snowboarders there is a new 100m long half-pipe run, which together with the LED-lighted night run complement the ski magic.

The ski runs and gently carving slopes are suited

for snowboarding and there is the Pamporovo Fun Park. The resort is suitable for cross country skiing and the overall length of the route is 25km. Studenets to Mugla Village

NIGHT SKIING

Since the beginning of Ski Season 2010/2011 Snezhanka 2 Ski Run, famous also as the wall, offers excellent conditions for Night Skiing.

Length: 700 meters

Displacement: 285

Category: ADVANCED, suitable for upper-intermediate and advanced skiers

Lifts: Tow Lift /Anchor/

Lighting: modern LED-light technology, providing good visibility even in foggy weather

Opening hours: 17:30 – 22:30

For the Beginners

Ideal with choice of green and blue runs. The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo particularly suitable for beginners.

For the intermediates

Choice of blue runs starting from peak at Snejhanka 1926km. Choice of chair lifts from Ski Centres 1 and 2 and Middle Ski Station of Studenets. More ski runs and lifts are being developed presently. The one in Stoikite completed for the ski season 2008 - 2009. is six-seat chairlift made by famous French company with capacity of 2 400 people per hour -116 chairs of 6 seats each, with length of 2992 meters and is one of the most modern ski facilities in Europe.

For the experts

"The Wall" Black Mogul run. Snezhanka Free Ride and Snezhanka European - used for international competition. To be honest, experts might find Pamporovo a bit limiting. Overall length of slopes is 37km compared to 425km Paradiski area of combined French resorts La Plagne and Les Arcs. Hone your skills in Pamporovo, and if you live to ski or snowboard - and you can afford it - move on.

For the snowboarders

Pamporovo Fun Park. Choice of wide gently rounded slopes ideal for snowboarding. New half pipe snowboarding run.

For children

"The best value place in the world to learn." Neilson. Exceptional. But limited child minding. Learn here but not suited to under 4-6 years of age. Families can learn together. Husky Dog sledging and snow tubing.

Winter activities

Motor sledges – The resort offers many opportunities for walks and rides among the beautiful forests in the mountain. One of the most exiting winter activities is the motor sledge ride. This sport can be practiced outside the official ski zone along the hills and meadows in the mountain. After 5.00a.m. professional guides usually organize motor sledge tour, presenting some of the best terrains suitable for this sport.

Ice Skating – Ice skating is also offered in the resort, on an excellent ice rink, accompanied by the sounds of pleasant music. The ice skating rink is situated right in front of the après ski bar and the shopping centre of Perelik Hotel. Individual ice skating lessons are also offered.

Dog sledging

Interski Pamporovo

Experience the amazing athleticism of our Bulgarian Huskies, by joining us for an exhilarating workout

along the magnificent forest trails.You will be able to ride as a passenger behind a team of Bulgarian

Huskies and enjoy watching the dogs working amid beautiful scenery in the Rhodopi mountains.

Price is 20 lev (BGN) per person, maximum 2 adults and four children per ride.

Snow Tubing

Great fun - anyone can sit in a giant rubber ring and whirl down a slope!

Off the slopes

Apres Ski

Pamporovo has apres ski with value prices. Of note are:

The underground nightclub and discotheque at Forest Nook 3

BJs bar in the lobby of Hotel Perelik

Dak's Bar on the ground floor of Hotel Snejanka

Night Flight in Hotel Rojen. A new disco, the largest in Pamporovo. Very good party Spider Night Club

The White Hart Pub in the centre of Pamporovo. Traditional pub good for party, good for food from pub grub, bangers and mash to T bone steaks. Vegetarian pizza ande pasta dishes.

Restaurants in Smolyan offer excellent value. Try a traditional Bulgarian evening out at the Bacchus

restaurant with excellent food and staff in traditional dress and music. For good food at value prices

try the restaurant Rhodopsi Kat in Smolyan.

Local tips

Restaurants in Smolyan are much better value than those in Pamporovo. There is a new Billa supermarket for those who self cater.

Smolyan is also good for leather goods - especially leather boots.

Late deals in March - not just for accommodation but for even more reduced ski lift passes. Free lift passes on 9 and 12 April 2012.

Pamporovo mountain rescue service: (+359) 309 58336; (+359) 1475;

NB Medical & dental service: The Emergency SKI PATROL service is available 24 hours a day. Ambulance and clinic (with doctor and nurse) are available, as well as first aid, on all ski slopes. Fully equipped and functioning hospitals are available in Smolyan and Chepelare. Highly qualified dentists are available at Pamporovo or Chepelare. Pharmacies are available at the resort. Some medical and all dental services must be paid in cash to the doctors (clinics). They should provide the necessary bills, receipts and invoices describing the service and the cost, so that you can claim back the expense from your insurance company. It's recommended you call your insurance company and inform them in case of injury. Please follow their instructions.

Mountain Activity holidays in summer.

Mountain Bike Park Pamporovo opens 30 June 2012.

Summer activities - including water skiing nearby at the Vacha or Dospat Dams.

In the summer there is horse riding,mountain biking and walking/hiking. Quad Biking. There is also fishing, canoeing, hunting and bird watching. Places of interest:-rock formations (eg the Miraculous Bridges , near the village of Kosovo; the "elephant" near Devin and "the maiden" resembling a standing woman on the outskirts of Shiroka Luca). The Yagodinska Cave/Yagodina and the Buinovo Gorge. The Trigad Gorge - the most impressive natural sight in Bulgaria where you will also find The Devil's Throat Cave. Chudnite Mostove rock formation in pine forest. Smilian and Arda are spectular mountain valleys and the Uhlovitsa Cave. Rockclimbing; river activities; roman ruins; caves; fortresses; monasteries; churches and chapels - four churches are considered artistic cultural monuments of national historic significance.

In Devin you will find the Vacha Dam/reservoir where you could water ski or alternatively Dospat Dam hosts a number of water sports in which you could partake.. Don't forget the water canyons in Smolyan: this is a breath taking walk with magnificent views, you could try abseiling down one of the water canyons.

Activities Centre at Pamporovo Village

Adventure

Try a Multi Activity Holiday to the beautiful Rhodopi Mountain area (including Pamporovo Ski Resort) for sunshine and relaxation as well as an extensive array of adrenaline and leisure sports activities. Our Activities Centre provides adventurous activities to suit all levels, and will appeal to friends and family, as well as couples and solos. We can also provide excursions for you to admire the magnificent scenery and for the cuture vultures to ancient Plovdiv (Roman) and the Thracian fortress of Perperikon. In other words, a holiday to suit all ages and to suit the passive to the adrenaline junkies.

Pamporovo/Forest Nook is situated in an area of Lakes and Mountains and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

If you want excitement , there is caving, bungie jumping and a whole host of activities including Whitewater Rafting which is especially exciting in May and June.

Quad bikes and bicycles are available to rent through us and in Pamporovo and Smolyan.

The Canyon of Waterfalls in Smolyan is a breath taking walk with magnificent views, you could try abseiling down one of the water canyons. We organize visits for you to try the adventure or hike or view the sights.

For a little fun try paintballing at Smolyan Lakes or a day's fishing. You can go angling around Pamporovo, on fishing trips in Chepelare's surroundings. In the river which cuts through the town. It is possible to fish for trout, but you have to go a little further away if you will find the best fishing opportunities.

You may be able to horse ride to Greece from Arda.

Group holidays can be accommodated. Our neighbours' chalet is available for rent.

There is a possibility of horse riding holidays/pony trekking trips; which would use the chalets as a base. Just a ten minute drive away (a car can be arranged to take you there and bring you back). There is a riding school which caters for both novice and advanced riders. You can ride into the surrounding forest for anhour or trek into the beautiful scenery of the Rhodopes for up to 3 days. Ask for the riding guide Stefan.

THe World Car Rally came to the Balkans for the first time in July 2010. There is plenty of exciting driving in the

mountain areas.

Although it is primarily a winter resort Pamporovo is also pleasant to visit off season, the picturesque surrounding mountains with peaks of up to 2000 metres (6550 ft) make for ideal hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Sunshine is generally reliable at 20-23C.

"NEWS FLASH!!! Pamporovo Mountain Bike Park opened 30n June 2012.

Looking for a cheaper alternative to the Alps?? Ever thought of Bulgaria?? Why would we suggest this??

One area, price of food and drink, but it goes beyond this. Accommodation, uplift, travel, in fact everything. Trails that are deserted, unmolested and raw, fantastic weather, friendly local riders, a number of other activities, paragliding, wakeboarding, atv's, horseriding etc etc all at a fraction of what you would pay in the Alps.

For a culture lovers holiday

History:-

The Rhodopes is home of the mythical singer Orpheus and the clan of guards of the sanctuary of Dionysus.

Archaeological excavations date back to the 7th century BC. There are remains of Thracian fortresses which guarded an ancient Thracian road from Abdera, on the Aegean coast, to Istros on the Danube. The churches and chapels date back to the Bulgarian Revival period (1762-1878) when cultural and educational life flourished in the region. 15 chapels are considered of regional historic significance. The Bachkovo Monastery is a must see.

Perperikon, Bulgaria's Delphi: the Ancient City of Excessive Pleasures!

Perperikon (changed through the years from the Greek name Hyperperakion) is the most significant archaeological find on Bulgarian territory for the last 20 years. Scientists believe that it was precisely Perperikon that was the temple of Dionysus described by Herodotus, which used to rival Delphi in Antiquity.

For Nature Lovers, twitchers etc.

Wildlife

The Rhodopes are a haven for bird watchers,and contain over 200 species - many of which are rare. You may see Golden Eagle, or dippers and kingfishers by streams. The highland lakes are really beautiful blue. There are lush meadows home to an abundance of wild flowers - many are not found anywhere else on Earth. According to legend the flower Silivriak with its pink petals (spring) bloomed out of the blood of Orpheus after he was dismembered. Silivriak (heberlea rhodopaensis) is the symbol of the Rhodopes. The region is famous for mushrooms and herbs.The Rhodopes are one of the few mountain ranges in Euirope where Brown Bear and wolves still live. There are guided walks on the wildlfe,birds and the rare plants and flowers and lovely walks and excursions into the Rhodopi mountains. The ski lifts run in summer.

Pamporovo is the southern most ski resort in Europe and the sunniest mountain resort in Bulgaria. Summer temperatures range from May 10C -20C with similar temperatures at the start of October.This is the time for hunting wild boar - excursions can be arranged. The autumn leaves are spectacular (New England Fall but in Europe).July and August can reach an average high of 24c and low rainfall July through September (about 30mm during each of these months, August being driest).

Car Hire during summer is recommended to take advantage of exploring the beautiful mountain area. A small family car would be adequate around £170 per week. The drive from the airport (Sofia) to Forest Nook takes about 3 hours and the scenery is lovely.

For Nature. Summer rural retreat with breathtaking scenery

Witness the rural splendor. Visit the "emerald eyes" of the Rhodope mountain area - the Smolyan Lakes. The deepest and most beautiful of the seven lakes is Muddy Lake (not muddy!). Devin Spa is famous and you could treat yourself! The Yagodina Cave is the longest cave in Bulgaria and is several storeys high in parts. You can take a tour which highlights the remarkable stalactites and stalagmites, which in places resemble curtains. Neolithic settlers lived in the caves in the 6th millennium BC. There is a spectacular underground waterfall 42m fall in the Devil''s Throat cave - so called because objects allowed to flow in do not flow out. The Trigradska River flows through the fantastic Devil's Throat Cave . Stretching 7,000 meters the water forms eighteen waterfalls and exits onto a canyon. It leads to the Trigad Gorge, a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Its incomparable karst formation is the most impressive natural sight in Bulgaria.

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Review 1-3 of 3

6 Sep 2012

5/5

"Serdecznie polecam, bo warto. Dla ludzi lubiących góry."

Domek rewelacyjny.
Cena bardzo przystępna. Kontakt z właścicielką wzorowy. Przemili ludzie na miejscu.
Niezbędny samochód.
Polecam wynajem bezpośrednio od właścicielki.
Domek luksusowo wyposażony. Na miejscu basen, w lecie bardzo mało ludzi, cisza i spokój, ceny dla polaków bardzo przystępne.

Polish visitors welcome! Any visitors welcome - especially nice guests like
Andrzej and his family!

19 Aug 2012

4/5

"Very convinient apartment for a family vacation"

We stayed for 3 nights during August, with 4 kids. Apartment is well equipped for family vacation, with kitchen facilities and even Playstation for the kids. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The village is located in a quite place, yet not far from main attractions in Rodophi mountains.

10 Jul 2011

5/5

"Fantastic week, great skiing"

We had a great week's skiing, staying at one of the chalets in Pamporovo village.
The chalet was comfortable and well equipped with cable TV, DVD etc + a fully equipped kitchen although there is also an excellent restaurant on site. The village is in a beautiful location in the middle of a pine forest although it is about 2-3 km from the ski slopes - you can arrange lifts via reception but we preferred to hire a car which meant that we were able to go to the nearby town of Smolyan in the evenings where there were some great restaurants + much cheaper than in Pamporovo itself (+ we were able to drive ourselves to the site from the airport).
The skiing was fantastic with fresh powder every day + virtually every run open (in fact the only closed run was the one to Smolyan lakes which we skiied anyway) - it sounded like we had the best week of the season for snow!
Overall a great holiday + we will definitely be back

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