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Belmeken welcoming world-renowned athletes

Imagine taking an incentive to 2,000m high up in the Rila mountains for an Olympic-inspired experience in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. One of the only sports facilities located high up in the mountains worldwide, Belmeken is Bulgaria’s Olympic home of sports, set between the Rhodopi and Rila mountains. Athletes from all around the globe flock to Belmeken to train in a favourable climate, which ensures maximum effectiveness and undisturbed preparation for competition. The snow-covered peaks surrounding the venue create unforgettable scenery, whilst the array of sports halls and quality equipment contribute to unparalleled training.

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The centre has hosted countless Olympic champions. Among household names in world boxing, the Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev found Belmeken the perfect choice for fight preparations. In an interview, he praised the unique Olympic facility: “I have been training at the famous Belmeken Olympic sports complex up in the mountains. It was built for the old East German outfit that was looking for the best conditions anywhere in Europe. It’s a high-altitude base camp away from the noise of the city, a place to build the mind and the body while isolated in the mountains.”

The unique sports complex was constructed in 1968 and became the home of Bulgarian and foreign athletes. Renowned for its mountain therapy, the facility has withstood the test of time and still welcomes champions today. It has become the preferred venue for the preparation of athletes from all over the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Norway, Japan and even Australia.

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World-class facilities amid pristine nature

The venue boasts a football pitch, biathlon shooting range, an indoor rowing simulator as well as a rowing centre located on the Belmeken dam. In addition, the venue features indoor sports halls, a fitness centre, a spacious boxing hall, a weightlifting hall and an indoor swimming pool.

Belmeken also serves as an excellent starting point for incentive groups, who can embark on hiking trips into the nearby mountains or face easy to demanding biking routes aplenty. Alternatively, visitors can head to the nearby Velingrad or revel in the beauty of the Belmeken Dam that supplies the region with fresh water.

Located 140 km from Sofia, Belmeken is also suitable for hosting an array of events in surroundings found nowhere else in the region. The clean air, excellent sports facilities and charming nature are bound to impress athletes, visitors and tourists visiting this captivating region.

Wow factorMountain resort for sports and incentive products at 2,000m
Incentive type  Active experience
Number of participants  1 – 50
Best time of the yearAll year round
Duration2 – 3 hours
Location Velingrad, Bulgaria

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Velingrad 4600, Bulgaria

T: 0885893821