Pamporovo Travel Guide
Pamporovo © Bulgarian Tourism Authority
A modern ski resort in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains at an altitude of 5,413ft (1,650m), Pamporovo is a popular holiday destination with its sunny climate and powdery snow. The town provides a variety of excellent ski runs for all degrees of difficulty, most of them starting from the Snejanka peak above the resort, and the ski school centre is one of the best in Europe with highly qualified instructors and an international reputation. The unique Mediterranean climate is extremely healthy and provides excellent conditions for climatic therapy and health tourism all year round, including a Balneotherapy Centre that operates from within the resort. Off the slopes there are numerous opportunities for entertainment and interesting tourist attractions; the Rhodope Mountains have long been the source of legends and stories, including the mythical singer Orpheus, and the region is full of rich folk traditions and culture.
Although Pamporovo offers excellent skiing for all levels of experience, its nursery slopes are particularly good and beginners soon flourish. There are more than 100 well-qualified instructors available fluent in a variety of languages at the ski school centre. All the main runs start from the peak of the Snejanka at the TV tower. The most difficult ski piste is 'The Wall', a black run which offers an exciting challenge. Great off-piste skiing and snowboarding is also on offer. Snow conditions are excellent throughout the season.
The main shopping centre in Pamporovo, containing mostly boutiques, souvenir shops and sports gear outlets, is attached to the Hotel Perelik and holidaymakers will not be disappointed. There is also a shopping centre at Murgavets Hotel. Many stores sell traditional Bulgarian souvenirs, and there is a variety of shops that stock ski equipment.
Pamporovo restaurants serve a wide variety of cuisine, but most holidaymakers favour the local folk taverns like the Chevermeto, where whole sheep are roasted over open fires and dancers in traditional costumes provide colourful entertainment. For an eclectic, filling selection the favourite eatery is The White Hart, which offers home-made pub grub, mouth-watering steaks, a selection of pizza and pasta and even caters well for vegetarians. More upmarket dining, along with fine Bulgarian wines, is offered in style at The White House.
The nightlife in Pamporovo is lively with plenty of options to choose from, whether you're the kind of holidaymaker who prefers sipping wine in a cosy piano bar, or partying the night away in a club. The most popular choices are BJ's in the lobby of the hotel Perelik, Daks Bar in the hotel Snejanka, Night Flight, the resort's largest disco, in the Hotel Rojen, or the White Hart pub.
Ski season in Pamporovo comes hand in hand with a full programme of events and activities for holiday visitors to enjoy, ranging from bum-boarding to a raucous ski-instructor's show. Bowling is offered at hotels, ice-skating, skidooing and tobogganing are popular pastimes, and excursions to nearby places of interest and Sofia are on offer.
The barking of stray dogs can become a nuisance to holidaymakers, especially at night. There are not many slopes suited to experienced skiers.