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Malyovitsa Complex

Borovets, Borovets & Rila mountain

Malyovitsa is a smaller resort than Borovets but there is no other resort not only in the Rila Mountain but also in the whole Bulgaria, which can compare with its beauty and grandeur. It is situated within the Malyovitsa sub-part of North-Western Rila, at about 1700 metres above sea level. An asphalt road connects it to the village of Govedartsi (13 km) and to the town of Samokov (27 km). There is a regular bus transport to the village of Govedartsi and once per day to the town of Samokov. The complex operates all year round.
Malyovitsa is a symbol of Bulgarian alpinism and mountaineering and a natural base for alpine sports. Along with the sublime mount of Malyovitsa, a dozen more Alpine peaks rise within the region, which turn Malyovitsa sub-part into the most preferred site of high-mountain rock climbing in Bulgaria. It is namely here that the highest Alpine walls and the most difficult rock tours are located. One of the most beautiful high-mountains on the Balkan Peninsula - the Strashnoto Ezero (the Frightful Lake) is located in its proximity as well.

There are several ski runs in the Malyovitsa region the region the total length of which is 4 kilometers. The longest one is the Uleya ski run - 1200 meters long. The Rajdavica ski run is 900 meters long, plus the road that connects it to the beginners ski run. The ski runs on Mecha Polyana are mainly for beginners. The ski runs are serviced by five drags.

The accommodation facilities are not very well developed here. The Malyovitsa Hotel hosts the greatest number of beds (180) as well as a restaurant, a discotheque, a coffee bar, entertainment games hall, a souvenir shop, ski-equipment rental and safekeeping services.

The Training Centre hosts fewer beds and offers fewer conveniences - 4 beds and more per room. There is a restaurant here, too (self-service), a bar, a sports hall, a man-made Alpine wall, a museum of mountaineering.
There are a lot of little cosy public catering establishments scattered round Mecha Polyana (Bear Meadow) where one can have a drink and a bite or just relax listening to nice music with a cup of coffee or a soft drink.

There is a post of the Mountain Rescue Service in the building of the Training Centre, too (tel.: 07125 2382).

The Malyovitza Chalet (an old and a new building as well as wooden bungalows) is situated an hour-walk from the resort, against the stream of the Malyovitza River, at over 2000 meters above sea level, where one can find accommodation for little money and buy food.

Many marked tourist hiking tracks begin from the resort towards North-Western Rila: to the Ivan Vazov Chalet (7 hours), to the Ribni Ezera (Fish Lakes) Chalet (9 to 10 hours), to the Rila Monastery (6 hours), to the Strashno Ezero (Frightful Lake) Shelter (3 hours), to the BAK (Bulgarian Alpine Club) Shelter (2 hours), to the Vada Chalet (1.30 hours), to the Lovna (Hunter’s) Chalet (2.30 to 3 hours), to the 7 Rila Lakes Chalet (8 hours along the ridge and 5 hours under it), to the Mechit Chalet (4 hours). The Malyovitsa Chalet (an old and a new building as well as wooden bungalows) is situated at an hour-walk from the resort, against the stream of the Malyovitsa River, at over 2000 metres above sea level, where one can find accommodation and buy some cooked warm food. The Mount of Malyovitsa can be climbed along a marked (summer and winter marking) path for 2 to 3 hours leisurely walk.

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