Pamporovo is located in the center of the Rhodope Mountains, at an altitude of 1650m and with the highest peak of Snejanka reaching 1926m. It is located 260 km away from Sofia and 340 km from Thessaloníki. The vegetation of the Rhodope mountains with the endless fir-trees and the countless streams and rivers (many of which are tributaries of Nestos and Ardas) leave even the most demanding visitor excited. In the area of Pamporovo you can find the traditional settlements of Shiroka Laka, Progled, Momchilovtsi, Gela, Bachkovski, the Narechenskite thermal baths and the lakes of Smolyan.

Ski Resort

The ski season runs from early December to mid-April and the ski resort is characterized as the sunniest ski resort in Bulgaria. The ski resort is well designed with 7 aerial and 6 towed lifts, with 37km downhill slopes and 25km endurance tracks, while the 90% of the pistes are covered be artificial snow system. The width and slope of the pistes are ideal for improving the technique of all levels. At the base of the ski resort you will find ski schools and equipment rental shops. In the wider area of the ski resort you will find restaurants serving traditional Bulgarian cuisine, fast food, pizzerias, cafes, bars, clubs, and shops with ski/snowboard equipment. From the season of 2015-2016 It operates with a common card with the adjacent small ski Mechi Chal (Chepelare).


For your stay you can choose between the 2 hotels located in the center of Pamporovo and close to Ski Center 1 (one of the bases of the ski resort) Orlovetz Hotel 5* and Perelik Hotel 5*. Perelik was completely renovated in 2017 and Orlovetz in 2018.


In Pamporovo you will not find his worldly life of Bansko or of Borovets and you will definitely travel quite a bit to get there since it is the furthest of the three major ski resorts in Bulgaria and the bus ride takes 6.5 – 7 hours (5 – 5.5 hours by car) from Thessaloniki. We are sure though that the landscape with the dreamy fir forest of Rhodope, the very well designed ski resort services and the multitude of lifts will reward you!

The first excursions of the season take place during the festive period of Christmas, while an excursion follows on Clean Monday.

_tips of the trip

  • take advantage of the package that includes the lift card to avoid waiting at the box office
  • The lift cards included in the package are as many as the nights of the stay
  • If you wish, and depending on the time of arrival, you can choose two half-day cards (for the first and last day).


*there is the possibility of private transportation with a 9-seater Van with a surcharge of 90€/person (min 6 people)

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Christmas in Pamporovo | 23-26 Dec ’23

December 26-29 in Pamporovo

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Epiphany in Pamporovo | 4-7 Jan ’24

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_prices are per person in a double room and include:

  • Transportation by bus from / to Thessaloniki and Drama (Xiropotamos intersection)
  • Accommodation and sustenance depending on your selected package
  • Travel to/from the base of the lifts based of the hotel’s program
  • Free use of swimming pool & gym. The rest of the facilities depend on the policy of each hotel
  • Lift card packages include the use of the card for the ski lifts. The lift cards included in the package are the same as the overnight stays (eg 3 nights = 3 day lift cards). If you wish and depending on the time of arrival, you can choose two half-day cards (for the first and last day) and 2 full-day cards. Valid for pre-purchase of the package up to 5 days before departure
  • Liability insurance, escort of our office, VAT

_prices do not include:

  • The lift cards
  • Extra meals and drinks

_ski & Snowboard lessons :

During the periods of organized excursions in Pamporovo you can schedule ski & snowboard courses for children with teachers of our schools Explosivo Ski School & Explosivo Snowboard School.

_important Information:

  • To travel to Bulgaria you need a passport or new type ID with Latin characters. The organizer shall not be liable if the customer does not have the legal documents for crossing the borders. The service IDs do not constitute a travel document. Holders of non-Greek documents are responsible for any visa requirement for crossing the border (more information can be taken from the Bulgarian embassy or consulate or border police 2323041222)
  • Children up to 12 years old travel only with passports
  • Children under 18 traveling with a parent need a validated authorization/consent form of the other parent. Children traveling without parents need validated authorization/consent form from both parents
  • According to the international hotel regulations you can pick up (check in) your room from 14:00 (at Rila from 15:00) and check it out until 12:00
  • The Orlovetz Hotel has mainly double and triple rooms. Perelik Hotel mainly has quadruple rooms ideal for families.
  • Children’s discount rates are valid for their stay in a room with two adults
  • Departures from Pamporovo are at 14:00-14:30, depending on the hotel. For the exact time you will be informed of the informative documents that you will receive from our office attendant
  • The excursion takes place with a minimum participation of 20 people, regardless of the operating status of the ski resort.