Bansko has developed into a modern ski resort destination, thanks to the excellent facilities combined with breath-taking nature and the traditional spirit of the old town that has been beautifully preserved through the centuries.
Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities are well catered for as Bansko has 75 kilometres of marked pistes, which are easily accessed by a fantastic network of lifts. As the day draws to a close, the après-ski is centred around the local 'Mehanas', a friendly taverna type restaurant serving traditional Bulgarian cuisine and drinks, often with roaring log fires and live entertainment. For a truly enjoyable winter sports holiday, enhanced by warm Bulgarian hospitality, visit Bansko where you really can have the best of both worlds.
Amazing Value For Money
Bulgaria's efforts to modernise its ski resorts have resulted in international recognition. Today Bansko is unique in various aspects - as a place where guests will discover ultimate relaxation and enjoyment, or as a resort with unparalleled range of sporting and cultural activities. Its popular slogan, "Unlimited ski and fun", emphasizes the surprising variety of choices that can be enjoyed during your holiday here.
In 2019, the resort of Bansko once again emerged as one of the best value for money ski destinations in the world. In this year's Ski Resort Report, compiled by Post Office Travel Money, the relative costs of ski passes, equipment hire, lessons and refreshment on the slopes was compared across a range of skiing resorts, finding that the cost of a six-day ski pass at Bansko would set UK tourists back about £114 at current exchange rates, compared to over £600 at Vail for example.
In less than 20 minutes the fast Gondola lift will take you to the Bansko ski center, which is situated approximately 12km away from town. The ski center has 75km of marked ski pistes and 9km of cross country tracks that have been extensively cultivated. More than 80% of the slopes are covered by snow cannons and all runs are excellently maintained by more than 12 Kassbohrer slope vehicles to guarantee maximum safety and pleasure from the great selection of nursery, intermediate, and advanced pistes.
The slopes are serviced by a number of chair lifts and drag lifts, including the 8-man Gondola and the four-chair bubble lift. If you still have some energy left at the end of you day, you can ski a unique run of 16km uninterrupted skiing, starting from Todorka Peak at the highest point of the ski center, all the way to base station of the Gondola lift. The last 7 km of the slopes are floodlit and the entire facility is equipped with artificial snow machines to ensure a great skiing experience even in warmer conditions. Map and more
Dine out in one of the hundred "mehanas" offering traditional cuisine and enjoy Bulgarian folklore performed by local artists. Besides the famous local church, St. Trinity, there are many historical, architectural, and cultural monuments.
At the end of the day, the Happy End restaurant by the gondola base station turns into a nightclub and the lively atmosphere there is only rivalled by the Amnesia club in the centre of town. Bansko's nightlife is completed by a wide selection of pubs and bars offering variety of cocktails, live music and karaoke. For a quieter night out the bowling arena in hotel Strazhite might be a very good alternative.
Bansko is a combination of a modern resort and living town with its Old Town attracting both tourists and locals. St. Trinity church with its clock tower are the emblem of the Old Town. Step inside to look at the unique icons created by masters from the Bansko and Debar schools. Wander through the cobblestone streets and admire the traditional houses resembling architecture from the Bulgarian Revival period. The most popular, now a museum, is the "Velyanova" house where murals are preserved and furniture and tools are displayed which provide an insight into the lifestyle. After busy few hours sightseeing treat yourself to delicious Bulgarian specialities in an authentic ambience in one of the many welcoming "mehanas" here in the Old Town.
The Old Town is also well worth exploring for some handmade souvenirs. You can also find a great selection of sports shops around, all with the latest ski/ board gadgets, gear and equipment.
There is an ice-skating rink conveniently situated on the way to the gondola lift and just next door to hotel Strazhite.
In addition to pub-crawling in the local taverns of Bansko, a number of excursions to nearby sites of interest, such as the Rila Monastery and exciting après-ski activities can be booked with your local representatives in the resort for a truly memorable holiday. Children aged 2-11 get a reduction on selected excursions.