Considered Bulgaria’s best ski resort, Bansko is certainly one of the better known. Hire a car and discover this picturesque part of Bulgaria. Bansko is situated around a 2.5 hour drive from Sofia Airport and is easily accessible throughout the year.
Hit the Slopes in Bansko
Nestled below the Pirin, Rila and Rhodopa Mountains, this ski resort offers everyone from beginners to the more experienced the perfect opportunity to perfect their skills. During the ski season Brits, Russians, and Bulgarians themselves flock to Bansko to ski and party to their hearts content. For the more advanced skiers or boarders, there’s also a half pipe to practice your cab 1440 mute or DJ flip.
See the Local Sights
Bansko is also home to a rich cultural past. Beautiful historic architecture offers a stark contrast to the newly built ski resort. Locate the famous clock tower where the bell has been counting the seconds for 150 years. For something a little different, spend some time in the Neophit Rilsky or the House of Arts and Poetry, for a dose of culture.
Spend your evening in one of the town’s Mahenas. Stroll along the quaint cobbled streets until you come across a menu which takes your fancy. Whether you’re looking for a lively bar or a smaller restaurant, you’ll be treated to hearty Bulgarian fare and excellent beer and wine.
Explore the Area
Journey deeper into the Pirin Mountains and hike alongside the lakes, explore caves, and take in the beauty of the waterfalls and pine forests. Alternatively, plan a day trip to Rila monastery which has played a significant role in the spiritual, social and political life of medieval Bulgaria. The cloister includes a complex of religious and residential buildings. Ornately decorated with colourful murals and gilded carpentry, the buildings interiors are truly something to marvel at.