Bansko is a historical and culture heritage town in south western Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains at an elevation of 927 meters above sea level. It is a popular European ski resort. Once mainly a stockbreeding and travelling merchant community, it has become an international centre for winter and summer tourism. The mountain peaks near the town, the numerous lakes and the old pine woods make it a popular site for recreation. Bulgaria’s share in European winter tourism is steadily rising and Bansko increasingly competes with resorts in France and Switzerland due to the comparative lower costs but not in quality. Improvements to the infrastructure and organisation of the ski area on Todorka have been made annually to accommodate the rising number of tourists. A gondola lift was built from the town in 2003, replacing the minibus ride to the primary base area of Banderishka Poliana. As of 2010, the ski area has 75 km of ski runs, 14 lifts and drags, serving up to 24,500 persons per hour. The lift served summit rises to an elevation of 2,600 meters above sea level. The vertical drop is nearly 1,000 meters to the base area at Banderishka Poliana and there are over 1,600 meters of ski runs to town.
Ski runs in Bansko:
Beginners – 35%
Intermediate – 40%
Advanced – 25%
Bansko is a great place to ski and snowboard right from beginners though to experienced level, with lots of equipment hire shops and schools available, however along with it amazing scenery it has a lots more to offer, with plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy lots of après ski. It also has a variety of shops and supermarkets. Other leisure activities include, ice skating, the 5 star Ian Woosnam designed Pirin golf course and country club, walking, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, horse riding, paintballing, rafting and cannoning.
Bansko is also a favorite destination for tourists during the summer season, where they can also walk, biking and motorcycling around the mountains, ride horses, fishing and of course, be part of the annual music festivals in the city that collect thousands fans at the resort
International Jazz Festival – For the last 20 years a week of selected famous artists will be held in first week of August
Summer Theatre Festival Bansko in June
Opera Festival – end of August
Bansko Balkan Fest in September
And many other cultural and children art events are organized frequently each weekend.
*** Some events are due to change it date performance, please ask us if you considering to book your stay during some festival days!!!