Bansko’s ski and snowboarding is the largest in Bulgaria, around 70 km of surfing trails from the ski resorts of Western Europe. Bansko is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, About two hours drive from Sofia. Recently, huge funds have been invested in the development of Bansko infrastructures, and today it has a sophisticated system of 13 modern elevators, convenient and fast, capable of transporting 24,000 surfers per hour, with a cable length of about 25 km.
So why choose Bansko?
There are quite a few ski resorts in the world in general and in Europe in particular, so why Bansko? Starting from the price, the vacation in Bansko costs very little compared to other ski resorts in Europe. Getting to the site is relatively easy – the recommended arrival is Darl Sofia (2 hours drive). Bansko is also recommended for its convenient ski resort but also for its wide variety of eateries and excellent hotels. In Bansko you can also enjoy shopping sites, good restaurants and nightlife
What else is there in Bansko besides skiing?
The resort town of Bansko has become one of the hottest winter tourist destinations. The famous ski resort attracts most tourists to the city every winter, but there is plenty more to offer. When the tracks are closed, the local taverns, which are only the starting point for Arabs, are filled with joy, music, and alcohol. A local evening in Bansko always begins with Mehana Mehana – the name for the traditional Bulgarian taverns serving Balkan cuisine and good wine accompanied by local music. There is plenty in the town, but our favorites are Obetzanova – thanks to excellent food and reasonable prices, but mainly because of the plate of meat we have not seen before.
Bansko offers visitors a variety of tours and attractions suitable for all audiences and all ages. It is recommended to take a day out for a trip outside the town to enjoy the fascinating views of Bulgaria. Do not miss the free Pirin National Park, where you will enjoy easy walking trails and views like postcards, or the visit to the town of Dobrinishte, 7 km away from Bansko, where you can enjoy the warm mineral spa springs. Bansko offers many attractions such as paragliding And a balloon ride to extreme enthusiasts alongside an ice skating rink on the open Pirin Street, bowling alleys and pampering spa centers.
The Bansko town
Bansko combines old and new perfectly: on the one hand the center of an old town more than 150 years old, and on the other, places of entertainment that attract young surfers. In the local taverns, called Mehana, you will enjoy warm hospitality in the Balkan tradition with authentic Bulgarian delicacies accompanied by lively Balkan music, and the bars will blend you with a pint of beer for 3$ and dance until the next morning.
Best Time to visit Bansko
The recommended period for visiting Bansko is from January to March when we recommend that you stay up to date on the holiday’s schedule in Bulgaria. Of course, it is best to stay in Bansko when there are no school holidays.
Recommendation for skiers – Blue Route 1, the route with which we return down to the center. It is moderate and perfect for beginners who want to practice relaxed and fun surfing. It’s a long seven-kilometer route, so you can train thoroughly without having to go up every few minutes in an elevator, it’s full, and it starts to get busy just after three o’clock, so everyone goes back to town, making the route colorful and colorful.
Recommendation for Snowboarders – Snowpark. A great place to take first steps in leaps and bounds and reels. Mandatory route – from the highest peak at 2,600 m, you can descend for 16 km in a series of blue and comfortable tracks, start at number 11, go to No. 5, continue on number 10, and finish # 1.
Good and cheap lunch
The food on the mountain is usually expensive. Amongst those in Bansko, we recommend Le Retro, a small, high-quality cafe that serves delicious coffee alongside pastries, excellent sandwiches, and great salads.
And a sweet tip to the end, to the lovers of cakes and sweets, there is a small and crappy condo, at the beginning of the pedestrian mall on Pirin Street, the cakes are amazing, and all are baked in a place, fresh and beautifully smeared, there is no sign in English but the name is “Temanuga” price: 3 to 4 lava (2-3$).