Information & Facts
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.
Bulgarian is the official language, which uses the
Cyrillic alphabet, but English, German and French is spoken in
resorts, hotels and restaurants.
The official currency is the Lev (BGN), which is divided into
100 stotinki. The Lev is tied to the Euro at a fixed rate of EUR1 =
1.955 lev. Bulgaria has strict currency regulations. If you enter
Bulgaria with cash of any currency amounting to the equivalent of
8,000 leva or more, you must declare it to customs officials.
Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, hotels or at one of the
numerous bureaux de change, however due to a common practice of
misleading rates of exchange it is better to go to banks or hotels
to change money. A receipt called a
bordereauxis issued when exchanging currency, indicating
the amount that will be given, and it must be kept until departure.
Not all banks accept travellers cheques and those that do usually
charge a 5% commission. Major international credit cards are
increasingly becoming accepted by tourist hotels, upmarket shops
and restaurants, travel agents and car rental agents, but Bulgaria
is still largely a cash economy. There are ATMs in the main cities
and at Black Sea resorts.
The barking of stray dogs can become a nuisance to
holidaymakers, especially at night. There are not many slopes
suited to experienced skiers.
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. 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.
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 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.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from last Sunday in March to
last Sunday in October).