The small town of Bansko is situated 925 metres above sea level, at the north-eastern foot of the Pirin mountain. A popular mountain ski resort, the town still manages to retain its architectural and historical value.
Information about Bansko and the region
The town of Bansko is a unique place well known as an international tourist center. In addition to the beautiful Pirin Mountain and its nature, the town has a lot of historical buildings and sightseeing spots.
Bansko the best SKI resort in Bulgaria.
Bansko offers perfect conditions for mountains sports and tourism. The difference from the other ski resorts in Bulgaria is mainly because most of the hotels are situated entirely in town. The modern cabin lift is transporting the tourists from Bansko to Bunderishka Poliana via a station at Chalin Valog. Its capacity is 2400 people per hour.
The highest point of the SKI zone is at 2560m and the lowest at 1000m. The combined length of the SKI runs is 65 km. The quality of the ski runs is maintained by 12 snow grooming machines. The complex consists of a Doppelmayer cabin lift, gondola for 8 people, five 4 seat lifts, one 3 seats lift, six ski drag lift and ten children lifts. The access to the lifts is controlled by a chip cards. For the youngest skiers there is a moving ski path and a kinder garden.
The Half Pipe is giving the snowboard users a lot of new options to explore.
The Ski centre at Bansko has 16 kilometers of ski paths equipped with artificial snow machines and lightning, connecting Bansko with the higher parts of the SKI zone. The current number of artificial snow canons is 161 providing the visitors of Bansko with one of the longest SKI seasons in Europe – from December until May!
Bansko a cultural and historical centre.
Bansko is the birth place of many famous Bulgarian poets, writers, artists and revolutionists. In the old part of the town is Velqnovata Kushta as well as the museum houses ofNeofit Rilski and Nikola Vaptsarov. The town is famous with its traditions and culture, with the original architecture and the local culinary treats (banski shahslik, banska kapama). The guests of Bansko are charmed from the spirit of the locals and they always come back.
Bansko - host of the annual International Jazz Festival.
Every summer Bansko hosts the International Jazz Festival – Bansko, which is taking place since 1998. Through the six days of the festival Bansko attracts a lot of famous Bulgarian and International jazz musicians. The countries that have participated so far are above 15. Among the most famous from them areNancy King, Steve Christophersen, Scott hamilton etc.
Bansko is a convenient starting point for all types of mountain, EKO and hiking tourism.
The National Park Pirin is located south of town and is included in the list of national parks of UN, as well as the list of cultural and natural treasures of UNESKO. The park is famous with its lakes, waterfalls, caves, ancient trees and historical places. The regions Chalin Valog, Todorova ornica, Demqnishka polqna, Shiligarnika as well as the mountain shelters Vihren, Demqnica, Bunderitsa, Goce Delchev, Bezbog offer fantastic conditions for summer and winter tourism. The hot water springs in Bania and Dobrinishte are very famous for the quality of their mineral waters.
Some of the most beautiful places in the park as Buderishki Skok, Demqnishki skok, Ulenski skok, rock formation Svatbata, Bunderishka cave, 7 ancient trees are protected by the low.
Mountaineering is a perfect way to communicate with nature and provides the very important physical activity in our stressed lives. Pirin Mountain has a lot of hiking tracks with different level of difficulty. The versatile hiking tracks allow a bigger audience to enjoy the beauty of the Pirin Mountain.
The nice summer days are suitable for organizing picnics and days out. There are perfect conditions for activities like these in the region of Chalin Valog, where there is a designated area for outdoor food preparation. The dishes prepared over hot stones have a fantastic taste and in combination with the beverages cooled in the nearby creek will satisfy even the most demanding customers.