Car rental in Pamporovo
Pamporovo is one of Bulgaria’s major ski resorts. Close to Plovdiv (about 2 hours away), Pamporovo is small resort and most of the places of interest are within walking distance of one another.
There are mini buses during the winter, which will take you from your hotels to the ski runs. You can book a car hire in Pamporovo from Top Rent A Car. Buses to the town centre are also available. Pamporovo is situated high, up in the mountain, deep into the forests, with 30km of trails connecting Pamporovo with Chepelare (another Bulgarian ski resort). The view from ski slopes and the panorama tower on the Mount Snejanka is spectacular. The tower is 110 m tall, providing view to the whole north Bulgaria far away to Danube river and on clear weather days you can see far on south to the Greek coast. Book your cheap car hire in Pamporovo from Top Rent A Car.
During the skiing season the ski center is open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. You can drive snowmobiles or ATV’s, too.The main cultural event is the Rozhen Folk Festival (late August).
If you are going to visit Pamporovo and you haven’t book your car rental, you can do this using our car rental booking engine on the left side of the web site. We have office next to Sofia International Airport on “Mimi Balkanska” 140 str. if Sofa is your arrival place or we can deliver your car to Plovdiv if you arrive at Plovdiv International Airport.
General affiliates and accommodation
Pamporovo is a beautiful skiing resort in the heart of Rhodope Mountains; where according to the ancient myths once lived Orpheus, the singer. It’s easy to access the resort from several places – there’s a regular bus from Sofia (260 km away) that takes 4 hours to arrive at Pamporovo; nearby is located Plovdiv (85 km), the second biggest city in Bulgaria; Smolyan is 15 km away and the small town Chepelare is only 10 km away. The bus lines are regular, several times a day. The resort is one of the sunniest with 120 sunny days and mild temperatures all year long. In the location operate several big hotels with restaurants and lobby bars, and for the seekers of adventurers who want to feel the mountain with the snowy nights and the bursting fire in the fireplace, the resort offers chalets.
There’s a wide choice of ski runs that vary from easy to very difficult, there are 25 km alpine tracks and 38 km running tracks, 5 chair-lifts and 13 tows with total capacity of 8500 persons per hour. Although the resort offers many tracks, it’s also possible the off-piste skiing. Almost all of the tracks start from the peak Snezhanka which is the highest point of Rhodope Mountains – 1926 m. On the peak there’s also a TV tower with a restaurant from where all of North and South Bulgaria can be seen. There’s a ski-kinder garden and a ski school with very skilled instructors fluent in different languages that help with skiing and snowboarding. A mountain rescue service is available 24/7.
What’s worth seeing?
When not on the tracks, the skiers can visit the town of Smolyan, where several interesting historical monuments can be seen – preserved houses from the Revival Period of Bulgaria, an arc bridge built in XVIII century, a 250 years old tree in the reservation “Chinarat” and the beautiful Smolyanski lakes. A day trip to Plovdiv is another option; the city has an Old Town where people can take a walk in the past. There are numerous historical monuments to be seen and cultural heritages to be admired.
Near Pamporovo there’s the Bachkovo Monastery; it’s the second largest monastery in Bulgaria, the wall paintings date from 1643, and the icon of Virgin Mary is said to do miracles. The Marvellous Bridges are situated 40 km from the resort. They represent a rock formation from different in size boulders in the shape of bridges; beneath one of the “bridges” passes the Erkyupriya River. Most of the bridges can be walked over and some of the countless caves are safeguarded. A really superb sight can be seen from the Rozhen Observatory, founded in 1981. Situated 25 km away from Pamporovo, it’s the largest observatory in South Eastern Europe.
The nights in Pamporovo can be enjoyed in different ways. There are restaurants where the clients listen to live music and eat tradition for the region food and there are discos and bars. The Rhodope cuisine is interesting and rich. There are many dishes that are mainly prepared from potatoes but have different tastes, one of the most famous is “patatnik”. The “cheverme” is also very popular; in basic it’s an entire lamb cooked on barbeque. The oldest restaurant in Pamporovo is named after that dish in 1971 and ever since then there’s a tradition – every night at 20o’clock the chief cuts in pieces several lambs according to the local tradition. Then the meat is served to the customers. Another dish is the “klin” – a Rhodope pie like banitza, but made from rice, milk, butter and spinach leaves. The clubs and discos are stylish with various decoration themes. The main music played is dance hits, but any requests are welcomed and satisfied. The “Happy Hours” provide the customers with drinks on half the price which is a splendid way to start the evening.
Pamporovo hosts different festivals and competitions. In February the Freestyle open 2010 took place in the resort with more than 130 participants, many prizes and live music. In March there was a round from the European FIS cup and after a 4 years break Pamporovo is going to host the FIS cup again next year. The official opening of the skiing season is a one-day show with music, professional skiers and special guests.
The traditional for the Rhodope Mountains fests are in the spring and are held in every village. There’s the Rozhen Fest, played every two years in the last weekend of august with many songs, dances and national costumes, called “nosiya”. Near the village of Gela, in the locality of Ilinden, every first Sunday of August, there’s an annual outplay with bagpipes. In the beginning of March in the village of Shiroka Laka there’s a carnival with mummers. The young men are dressed in leather masks, and play ancient scenes from the Rhodope folklore.