Each year in the town national championships, included in the calendar of the World Federation for Air Sports – FAI, take place. In 2008, Sopot hosted a preliminary round of the Paragliding World Cup (PWC).
The unique climate conditions and the many competitions which take place here have transformed Sopot into the unofficial paragliding capital of Bulgaria.
In addition to being excellent for flying, the town is also a very popular destination for mountain bikers. The downhill route is an annual host of the biggest mountain bike race on the Balkans, participation in which counts for the world cup (UCI).
The town is also the point of departure for the Troyan Balkan Mountain. The chairlift, situated in the northwest part of town, will take you to 1350 meters above sea level in only 30 minutes. The middle lift station is in the Pochivaloto site and is a favorite take off spot for delta and paraglider pilots. Hiking fans can take on the well-marked hiking tracks from the town of Sopot to the Nezabravka and Dobrila Chalets and the peaks of Amrabitza and Botev..
Sopot is 5 km west of Karlovo, 136 km east of Sofia and 63 km north of Plovdiv. Sopot is a major junction in the sub-Balkan road and the railway track Sofia-Karlovo-Burgas, which makes the town an extremely easily reachable destination. The town is connected by bus to Karlovo and the neighboring towns and villages. The bus station is on 75 Ivan Vazov Blvd, while the railway station is a kilometer south of town. Buses to and fro Karlovo are at every half an hour during the working week and at every hour during the weekend.
! If you are arriving by train, it is better to travel to Karlovo (rather than to Sopot) and take a bus from there to Sopot
All Airheads can camp at a specially designated camping zone. Don’t forget to take your tents, sleeping bags and mats, as well as clothes to keep your warm at night!
For those of you who prefer accommodation with a roof, the best choice would be the Shterev Hotel. It is located in the center of the town of Sopot
Another option for comfortable accommodation are the various Guest Houses in town