Travel with a car rental in Pamporovo

General information about Pamporovo

Ski tracks in Pamporovo
Ski tracks in Pamporovo

Pamporovo is a beautiful ski resort in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, where, according to ancient myths, lived Orpheus. There are several ways to access the resort – with a rental car from Top Rent A Car from Sofia or other destination, with regular bus from Sofia (260 km away), which gets in Pamporovo for about four hours. The second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv is relatively close (85 km away), Smolyan is only 15 km away and the small town Chepelare is only 10 km. The resort is sunny, and the temperatures are mild throughout the year. The resort has several large hotels with restaurants and bars and for those, who love adventures, the resort offers chalets.

Virtual walk in Pamporovo

Tourist sites around Pamporovo

Skiers in Pamporovo
Skiers in Pamporovo

Smolyan is an interesting place to visit, because of the several interesting historical monuments - preserved houses from the Revival period in Bulgaria, bridge shaped like an arch dated from XVIII century, 250 year-old tree in reserve "Chinar" and the beautiful Smolyan Lakes. Another option is a day-long visit of Plovdiv - the city has Ancient part where people can “return” centuries ago. The city offers many historic monuments. Near Pamporovo is situated Bachkovski Monastery, the second largest in the country, famous with its wall paintings, that are dating from 1643, and the icon of the Virgin Mary, for which is that perform miracles. With a rental car, you can go to Chudni Mostove - rock formations of different size and dimension in the shape of bridges, which are located 40 kilometers away from the Pamporovo. You could walk on most of the and enjoy the beauty of the nature. Magnificent view opens for eyes of the visitors from Rozen Observatory, founded in 1981. The observatory is the largest in Southeastern Europe, and it is located just 25 km away from Pamporovo.

Ski slopes

Snowmobile in Pamporovo
Snowmobile in Pamporovo

Choosing the ski slope in the resort is easy - from easy to very difficult tracks, Pamporovo boasts 25 km of ski alpine trails , 38 km of slopes for downhill, 5 cabin lifts and funiculars 13 lifts with a total capacity of 8500 people per hour. Although the resort offers many slopes, skiing outside is also possible. Nearly all the tracks start at Snezhanka, which is the highest peak in the Rhodopes - 1926 m at the top is also a TV tower with a restaurant where you can see all of North and South Bulgaria. A children's ski garden and ski school with many skilled instructors fluent in different languages will help the novice snowboarders and skiers. Mountain Rescue Service is available around the clock.

Vacation in Pamporovo
Vacation in Pamporovo


You can enjoy the nightlife in Pamporovo in different ways. The resort has both restaurants with live music and traditional regional dishes as well as discos and bars. Rhodope cuisine is rich and interesting, there are many dishes that are made mainly of potatoes, but have different tastes. The most famous potato dish is called "patatnik". Barbecue - a whole lamb on a spit - also very popular. Another popular dish is the "wedge" - Rhodope type pastry made from rice, milk, butter and spinach. The clubs and discos are stylish, each one with unique decorations. The bars offer "Happy Hours", in which the drinks are half price, and this is a wonderful way to start the evening.


Pamporovo hosts various festivals and competitions. In February, more than 130 people participated in Freestyle open 2010, accompanied by numerous awards and live music. In March, the resort held a circle of FIS European Cup, which after 4 year break again will be held regularly in Pamporovo. The official opening of the ski season is also a kind of one-day festival with music, performances by professional skiers and special guests. Traditional Rhodope Mountains holidays in spring and summer and are held in different villages. Rozhenski festival takes place every two years in the last weekend of August, accompanied by much singing, dancing and costumes. At the beginning of March in the village of Shiroka Luka there is a carnival. Young men and young men decorate themselves with leather masks and acting out scenes from ancient Rhodope folklore.

Hotels and restaurants around Pamporovo

The best hotels according to Trip Advisor are:

  • Snezhanka Apartments - TMF
  • Hotel Extreme
  • Dafovska Hotel
  • Laplandia
  • Orlovetz Hotel

The best restaurants according to Trip Advisor are:

  • Alexs pub 1
  • Gloria Mar
  • The White Dog
  • Ranch
  • Black Horse

Where to rent a car in Pamporovo very easy and quickly?

If you plan to visit Pamporovo and have not yet booked your rental car, you may do so by using our reservations left. You can use Plovdiv as a starting point for your trip to Bulgaria. Top Rent A Car offers direct deliveries to all sea, ski and golf resorts in Bulgaria.

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Muratovo Lake By Pudelek (Marcin Szala) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons