The Pirin Golf Club, designed by Ian Woosnam, has 27 holes set against a spectacular mountain backdrop. There is a magnificent clubhouse and good practice facilities. Open from May to October, green fees during weekdays can be arranged for around 25 Euro, although more expensive at weekends.
There is excellent trout fishing within the Razlog/Bansko municipalities. A weekly area fishing permit costs only £1.60 and can be obtained from the Forestry Commission in Razlog. Barbeque your catch back at Rila Chalets. Please ask for further details from us if interested.
Hiking & climbing
The chalets are surrounded by three mountain ranges (Rila, Pirin & Rhodope) which contain the highest peak in the Balkans, Musala at 2925m. There are well marked trails, numerous mountain huts and lakes. For the less energetic some areas can be reached using the lift systems. For the more adventurous there are a varietyof guided treks and climbs.
Mountain biking and road cycling
The region is a magnet for mountain bikers with a large number of tracks. In summer you might wish to take your bike on the chair lift. Bikes can be hired from numerous locations, but our next door neighbours run a mountain biking company (http://www.earlybirdtransfers.co.uk/), arranging drop offs, pick ups and guided parties. Furthermore, the flatter valley roads of the national park attract many conventional cycle tourists.
White water rafting
The Struma river just beyond Simitli has several white water rafting centres along its banks. The rafts travel for approximately 12 km downstream.
This activity is particularly popular in May and early summer when the river is in full flow. Prices are very reasonable compared to western European centres. We recommend www.rafting.bg which offer an excellent collection of more than 100 images on a CD to document your voyage, for a small supplement.
Many villagers in the valley own their own horses for both work and breeding. There are several riding schools nearby. The Rusaliite school about 1 km along a rough road beyond Bachevo (8km) is particularly attractive, containing a small new hotel, an aviary, children’s climbing area and archery. The Dvorene centre in Razlog (5 km) is easier to access with good novice facilities. Both centres offer a full range of sessions ranging from an hours lesson to a full day trek, in both summer and winter. We are happy to provide further details or liaise on behalf of our guests