Set amid the Bulgarian mountains, this luxury ski town has miles of trails stretching from 900 to 2600 metres. Snow filled and sunny in the winter season it has much to offer beyond the piste. In the quieter summer season other parts of the town’s character emerge and the surrounding countryside – with its lakes, forests and rivers – just begs to be explored.
A prestigious ski resort with 10th-century roots and a rich cultural history.
Things to do
Bansko was built in the 10th Century, on the site of an ancient Thracian settlement and later thrived on the caravan route between the Aegean coast and Europe. It has a rich heritage and plenty of museums and monuments that reflect this. Wander the old quarter today and you’ll find beautiful stone and timber houses and cobblestone lanes.
A stroll through Bansko reveals plenty of places that hint at the town’s cultural heritage. Step out of your country retreat to discover unique sacred sites, such as the imposing Sveta Troitsa Church with its 30-metre high clock tower. As well as museums that celebrate centuries of folk art, poetry, political change and social progress.
Naturally the ski season is busy and filled with events and entertainment, but there are appealing highlights in summer too. The Bansko Jazz Festival attracts local and international musicians in August and various events celebrate the regions rich folk traditions, such as the Celebration of Bansko Traditions during May.
For a natural spa retreat explore the nearby village of Banya, where you’ll find 27 thermal mineral springs.
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