Bansko town itself is large and steeped in history. The cobbled-street centre is UNESCO protected and the central church is one of the largest in Bulgaria. The new town is bustling with activity and is where you will find most of the bars, clubs, restaurants and shopping. And compared to the resorts of France, Switzerland, Italy & Austria all of it is inexpensive. The town itself is a bit of a walk from the gondola, but a new hub at the base of the lift is rapidly developing and there are many high-end hotels and apartments being built.
An easy 2-hour drive from Sofia airport.
Offering the largest piste network and biggest village it is the go-to resort for visitors from Greece & Russia and it recent years has peaked in popularity for visitors from the UK and USA. It offers ideal skiing for families as there are plenty of gentle rolling pistes allowing children to gradually progress from green to red. Experts may struggle to find any challenges as there is only one black run, but between January and March when there is more powder the off-piste comes to life and they have plenty to explore too. The construction of a new gondola was recently announced which will drastically improve access to the ski area ensuring more skiing and less queues.
Extensive hiking trails and huts make it easy for walkers to enjoy the beautiful Pirin Mountains – home to a third of the flora and fauna of Bulgaria. There has been extensive investment in mountain biking trails and there is also climbing, rafting and horse riding to enjoy.
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