Welcome to Rila Mountains


Enormous and largely forested Rila National Park, a peaceful habitat for deer, wild goats and falcons, encompasses more than 800 sq km. At its heart is Mt Musala (2925m), the country’s highest peak, and around 100 other mountains tower above 2000m. The steep ascent to Mt Musala is popular with hikers, as are trails around the glowing Seven Rila Lakes area.

Slightly north of the park lies Borovets, the region’s main ski hub, while west of the park boundary stands Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s spiritual nucleus and a major tourist site.


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$58.59 Tours & Sightseeing

RILA MOUNTAIN AND MUSALA PEAK

Rila is the highest mountain range in the Balkans and all of Southeastern Europe, with the Musala summit rising to 2925m/9596ft. The mountain ranks sixth in Europe after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees, and Etna. Rila (an old Slav word meaning Water Mountain) looks like a stormy sea of crests and peaks, deep gorges, and over 150 crystal-clear lakes. Much of the National Park area is under UNESCO protection. After an early transfer to the Borovets Resort, we take the cable car to the Yastrebets summit, from where we follow a path through the Musala Hut and the Ledeno Ezero (“The Icy Lake”) mountain refuge to the Musala summit. Along the way, we enjoy magnificent views over surrounding outcrops and peaks, deep valleys, and pristine glacier lakes. But the best vistas are waiting for you on the top, where we celebrate with a cup of fragrant herbal tea. From here you can enjoy the summits of all major mountain ranges in Bulgaria – Balkan, Sredna Gora, Vitosha, Rhodopes, Pirin and of course – Rila.

$59.78 Outdoor Activities

One-day Ski or Snowboard Break

An hour and a half drive from Sofia, will take you to our rental shop Ski&Board Traventuria in Borovets, where you will be able to try the equipment that suits you best and enjoy a lesson with an English-speaking ski/snowboard instructor (if booked). After the lesson you will have free time on the slopes, then you will be transferred back to Sofia. Departure: 08:00 Pick up/drop off location: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the parking lot in front of restaurant La Cattedrale Included in the basic price: Transportation from/to Sofia, English-speaking driver, transportation taxes Optional: One day lift pass, hire of ski, poles and boots/snowboard and boots Not included in the price: Rental of gloves, ski jacket and trousers, meals and drinks, personal expenses, tips. Transfer’s duration: 1.5h per way You will depart from our rental shop in Borovets around 16:30.

$16.58 Transfers & Ground Transport

PRIVATE return transfer from Sofia to Borovets

Our representative will meet you personally at your terminal arrival gate or platform, or any place you want, carrying a board with "Your Name" written on. You will be escorted to your vehicle, with no-fuss or waiting. Then you can relax as the driver takes care of your trip to your hotel or accommodation or other transfer point. Don't worry also about rushing to get your flight we make sure that we leave enough time to get to your destination . With an organized transfer shuttle, we can take you direct to the airport with no stress. We are always willing to provide assistance with luggage.Unlimited time of waiting and parking payment are already included into the rate. We work tirelessly to ensure all our customers get the best possible service and never get let down. It can be a challenging environment when the elements go against us and this is when our determination to ensure your comfort shines through. Our large fleet of minibuses including back up vehicles on stand by gives us flexibility when its required.On top of that our office team has over 14 years experience dealing with traffic, flight delays and challenging weather issues so were not new to a bit of problem solving when its required.

$11.96 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Tennis court rent

The Tennis courts are the perfect venue for a quick dose of healthy Adrenalin in the open but yet far from the hustle and bustle of city life. The club is open to the public of any age and ability-no club access required . We are open every day 09:00 am - 20:00 PM May till October. Tennis Club Borovets is about 5 minutes by car from the center of Borovets , it is situated on the road to Kostenets next to Yagoda village. We want you to enjoy playing the sport we all love. You can book court, equipment and individual lessons. Our friendly staff will make sure you get everything you need.

$56.20 Outdoor Activities

Seven Rila Lakes Hike - Private Day Tour from Plovdiv

Spend an extraordinary hiking day within the Rila Mountains and more precisely within the boundaries of the Rila National Park. Rila Mountains with highest peak Musala (2 925 m. a. s. l.) are the highest mountains in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. It is the sixth highest in Europe as well. The name of the mountains is of Thracian origin and means “plenty of water”. The fact that Rila had twice been frozen has most influenced its landscape formation. The numerous circuses, well - formed glacial valleys, alpine mounts and more than 180 glacial lakes are certain proof of that. The tall coniferous trees of 50 - 60 metres and the rich animal world of bears, wolfs, imperial eagles, wild goats and many more are pure treasure. Rila National Park is the largest of the 3 national parks in Bulgaria. Founded in 1993 the park contains rare and endangered wildlife species and communities, self-regulating ecosystems of biological diversity, as well as historic sites of global cultural and scientific significance. Some of the largest rivers in the Balkan Peninsula originate here. The Seven Rila Lakes is the most popular trekking destination in Rila Mountains because of the outstanding beauty of the glacial lakes and the whole circus. The lakes are one of the 100 national tourist sites in Bulgaria as well. These mountain pearls are amphitheatrically situated one above the other as follows: The Tear (the highest one at 2535 m. a. s. l.), The Eye, The Kidney, The twins (the largest), The Trefoil, The Fish Lake and The Lower Lake (the lowest one at 2095 m. a. s. l.). In the morning arrive at Pionerska hut at 1520 m. a. s. l. in Rila Mountains. Get on the chair lift to reach the Rila Lakes hut (2135 m. a. s. l.) at the top. Then do a loop hike in the circus of The Seven Rila Lakes in the boundaries of Rila National Park to discover the fascinating beauty of the glacial lakes and the towering peaks around. The first lake on the way is The Kidney followed by The Eye (the deepest circus lake in Bulgaria – 37, 5 m) and the highest one - The Tear (2535 m. a. s. l.). From the nearby Lake Peak one can enjoy the incredible panorama over all of the lakes, the Vitosha Mountain and the Balkan Range in the distant background. After lunch at the top continue exploring the rest of these mountain pearls by walking only downhill. The next one is the largest lake - The Twins, followed by The Trefoil, The Fish Lake and The Lower Lake which is the lowest and collects the waters from the other six lakes. The trek ends at the Rila Lakes hut again. Then board the chair lift to Pionerska hut and drive back to Plovdiv. Trip duration: about 11.5 hours