The ice rink at Ariana Lake in Sofia has opened for the winter holiday season.
The rink, billed as the largest in the Balkans, accommodates about 200 skaters – it can accommodate about twice that but a limit has been set for safety reasons – and is covered a large tent, imported from Germany, with controls to keep the temperature stable at zero degrees Celsius.
Rental of ice skates cost four leva and use of the rink is five leva. Hiring an instructor costs eight leva. Four hundred new pairs of skates are available.
From 8am to 10am and on non-working days, admission is free for pupils from state and municipal schools. The ice rink is open 24 hours a day.
In Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv, an ice skating rink has opened on Central Square. The ice rink is open from 10am to 9.30pm. Admission is six leva including rental of skates, but for those who have their own skates, admission is four leva.
(Photo: Tom Pickering)