Bansko, located within the boundaries of The Pirin National Park with its outstanding natural beauty is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Surrounded by the Pirin, Rila and Rhodope mountains Bansko is not only shaping up to be one of Europe's top ski destinations but people from all over Europe are now starting to flock to the area appreciating the year round attractions and new facilities of the area.
If you think you need sand and sea for an enjoyable summer holiday then after your visiting Bansko your opinion will be changed forever.
Everyone has different ideas on what makes a memorable holiday. Bansko is guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Rest & Relaxation
Why not watch the world go by from one of the many pavement cafes located along the tree lined strip just off the main central square! You will be spoilt for choice by the numerous mehana's located on and around the cobbled streets of Bansko, many of which have delightful gardens. You must try 'The Hoe' with its very own stream running through its garden! Remember too it's so very cheap to eat and drink in Bansko , with a large beer or a glass of wine typically costing less than 2 Levs (65p) and a 3 course meal with drinks will cost a little over fiver a head you will not be breaking the bank !! Tip- try the local Shopska Salad.
Dobrinishte is approx 4 miles from Bansko and takes around 10 minutes in a car to reach. There you will find a huge open air free form swimming pool. Dobrinishte is the spa resort in with 17 mineral springs with the temperature of the water between 30C and 43C, the pool is fed by this same mineral water and is said to have Healing Powers. Whilst there you may like to take advantage of the swim-up bar or lunch in the poolside snack bar. Entry is around £2 and that includes a sun bed and a parasol !!
Whatever you do you simply cannot visit Bansko without taking the Dobrinishte chair lift up the mountain. The 3.7 km ride, taking around 25 minutes takes you to an altitude of 2020m, it would be no exaggeration to say the scenery is simply breathtaking .This is a starting point for some of the hikes in the region which enable you to discover amazing crystal clear lakes, the first being Bezbog Lake, only a few strides from the lift arrival point. This is a very popular place for a picnic or a barbeque. The lift operates throughout the year and costs 10 levs for an adult with a discount for children.
There are over 120 cultural and historic monuments in and around Bansko including the world famous Rila monastery. Built in its present form between 1816 and 1846 the monastery was first created in the 10th century as a refuge for hermits.
For music lovers and especially jazz fans, the "Bansko International Jazz Festival", is the oldest and one of the most prestigious music events in Bulgaria. The 5 day festival is held annually and typically starts during the 2nd week in August. The festival brings together famous jazz performers from all over the world. Whether it be the large central stage in the town square, the nightclubs or bars, jazz seems to fill almost every corner of the town. Many of the performers, when not on stage can be found holding jamming sessions inside the local mehanas ! 2007 celebrated the 10th anniversary of the festival and its getting bigger every year. Best of all this is a free event !!
Pirin Golf and Country Club - Situated in the beautiful Razlog valley Bankso, this site will become the second largest mountainous golfing site in Europe, offering alpine golf, PGA Golf Academy and complete infrastructure.
Website link to the Pirin Golf and Country Club
The first Bansko Razlog golf course designed by Ian Woosnam was opened in 2008 and international golf events are currently held here. The second Bansko - Razlog golf course is planned for construction over the next 2-3 years. Both courses are designed for championship golf, capable of hosting international golf events and tournaments.
Tennis - Hiking - Biking - Thermal waters SPA - Horse Riding - Coarse fishing - All these activities can be arranged through any of the main hotels or excursion outlets.
Trips & Excursions
There are many opportunities for both independent or organized trips and excursions.
Very popular for families is the Bear Park located around 30 miles from Bansko at Belitsa. The bear park is sponsored by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and is home to 20 former dancing bears which have been rescued from their owners and moved into the sanctuary to live out the rest of their lives with dignity and respect. No entry charge is made although donations are appreciated.
Here are just a few ideas for consideration.
Adrenaline & Adventure
The Pirin National Park and its surrounding mountains, Pirin, Rila and Rhodope are the offer something for everyone.
Camping - Hiking - Trekking or Climbing - The Pirin National Park is a must and its right on your door step.Situated in the highest reaches of the Pirin Mountains, Pirin National Park encompasses rugged alpine peaks that rise above 8,202ft (2,500m) and more than a hundred glacial lakes spread at their feet. The magnificent landscape is made up of old forests, waterfalls, caves and there is an abundance of rare and endemic species of plants and animals, and the unique environment is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and National Heritage site.
The Pirin mountain range with its lakes, waterfalls, caves and pine forests along with some 70 glacial lakes scattered throughout offer fantastic hiking trails to suit all levels of ability. Everyone, from the social walker enjoying the outdoors, to the most dedicated hiker will find a trail to suit their requirements , whether it be a couple of hours , a day or even a 5 day hike you will be guaranteed breathtaking views with the added bonus of breathing pristine mountain air.
Many of the marked trails start from either the Bezbog Chalet reached by the Dobrinishte chair lift or from the mountain road out of Bansko up to the Vihren Hut. You make this journey by car or take the bus. If, when you arrive at the Vihren hut you decide you are not up to climbing peaks, you can visit the spectacular nearby lake, Okoto (The Eye). It is an approximate 50 minute hike from the hut and is easily accessible.
Mountain Biking is hugely popular with 100's km's of marked mountain trails, there marked trails to suit all levels of ability, popular is transportation to the Vihren Hut and then you ride back down the mountain to Bansko.
Opportunities for fun in the mountains are endless; here are just a few of the activities to be found.
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