Bansko is a unique town in the beautiful Pirin Mountains, one of the fastest-growing winter resorts in Bulgaria. It is situated at Glazne River in the southwestern part of Razlozhka Valley (nestled between Pirin, Rila and the Rhodopes), at the northern foot of Pirin Mountains, at 925 m above sea level). It is about 60 km to the southeast of Blagoevgrad and 160 km from Sofia. The average temperature for January is 1.9° C below zero and for July it is 18.9° C. Bansko provides a superb combination of cultural-historical heritage, unique well-preserved Bulgarian traditions, the virgin nature of Pirin Mountains, hospitable people and romantic atmosphere. The town is often referred to as the pearl of Bulgarian tourism because of the perfect conditions for winter sports and various kinds of tourism, for rest, recreation and amusements. One may visit Bansko individually, or together with friends, family, small and grown-up children – the investors – both local and from all around the country have taken everybody’s preferences into consideration. The numerous Bulgarian and foreign tourists to Bansko become more and more. The new parking lots are suitable for the increasing number of visitors and tourists who come by car. There are many taxis, new bus lines. The local people try to find the most effective ways to ensure the comfort of all tourists.
The resort, famous as one of the places in Bulgaria with much snow is considered as the most modern ski-centre in Eastern Europe and aims at the fame of a large number of world famous winter resorts. The slopes offer ski – runs and tracks for all types of skiers, from beginners to experts, the runs themselves are maintained in excellent condition. The ski lifts and tows are well kept and provide access to the runs and different parts of the mountain. After an exciting day on the snowy ski-runs, tourists may enjoy the cheerfully lit up hotels and offering saunas, warm swimming pools, massage. Visitors could listen to quiet music in the bars or relax in front of the fireplace, taste traditional dishes and local refreshing elixirs like warm red blackberry wine. Unfortunately we can only mention the Macedonian songs and the hospitality of the hosts from Bansko; experiencing all this is a must.
There is a 16-km ski way (with snow-ploughs and very well lit), which starts from the highest part of the mountain, makes a slight detour to Shilingarnika, crosses Bunderishka Polyana and goes down to the initial stop of the lift (in the southern end of Bansko) close to Strazhite Hotel.