Sopot is a small mountain town located on the southern slopes of the Balkan Mountains in the Karlovo valley. The valley’s natural features, landscape and microclimate undoubtedly justify Sopot being labeled as “the best place to paraglide in Bulgaria”. On a paragliding flight, you can experience the entire mountain ridge. To the east, you’ll see Vezhen peak; to the west, the highest point in the range, Botev peak. To the north, you’ll look towards the high peaks of Levski and Kupena, and lying to the south is the beautiful Karlovo valley and Sredna Gora. In the distance are the silhouettes of the Rhodope and Rila Mountains.
In recent years, Sopot has turned into a favorite spot for most flight enthusiasts. Infrastructural developments in the town have opened up opportunities for wonderful long-weekend getaways, combined with flying and long walks in nature. Due to the latest investments in the region, the lift was entirely renovated and the modern hotel complex The Nest was built, including a swimming pool, a restaurant, a cafe and the best gelateria in Central Bulgaria.
Sopot has excellent amenities for overnight stays. There are numerous guest houses where you can get a taste of local homemade pancakes with homemade jam for breakfast. If you are traveling with a large group, you can rent one of the modern guest houses all to yourselves without any landlords getting underfoot. Rates for accommodation vary from 10 BGN to 30 BGN per bed. During the summer months, you need to book your stay ahead of time because it is difficult to find availability at the last minute.
All these factors combined make Sopot the most desirable destination for gliding — for both advanced pilots and those who want to try out the joy of gliding for the very first time.