In 1942, the name of the resort was changed to Borovets – a literal translation of the Turkish word ‘Chamkoria’, meaning pine forest. In the 60s and 70s, the resort expanded to become the largest winter sports centre on the Balkans – new ski drags and lifts were erected, the ski slopes were widened and numerous alpine-style hotels were built, based on the French Les Arcs model in Savoie - also designed and built around the same time.
Today, Borovets is a modern four-seasons resort with an excellent network of ski slopes and lifts, cosy alpine hotels and numerous dining and entertainment outlets, at the backdrop of breath-taking nature.
Among the historical landmarks of Borovets, is the summer royal residence Tzarska Bistritza. Built between 1898-1906, it was originally used as hunting lodge by Tzar Ferdinand (Saxe Corburg Ghota) and his son Boris III. The design of the building was influenced mainly by the traditional Bulgarian Renaissance style, to which some European elements were added. Today, the estate belongs to the royal family and it is a place where they spend a significant time of the year.