and is situated 927 meters above sea level.
Bansko is a top winter destination in Bulgaria. The town’s mountain climate guarantees the snow cover’s presence from December to April. The alpine character of Pirin Mountain allows amateurs and professional skiers, and snowboard enthusiasts to unleash their potential on the ski runs.
, there are 75 kilometers of ski trails, as the longest one is 16 kilometers. About 25% of the ski runs are for experienced skiers and snowboarders, 40% are a medium difficulty for more advanced, and 35% for beginners.
There are 22 ski runs in the town, as 90% of them are specially equipped with machines for artificial snow; there is also a functioning cabin ropeway with a capacity of up to 8 persons, one chairlift for 6 people, six chairlifts for 4 people, one 3-seat lift, six ski tows, and 10 children’s ski tows. The ski area provides night skiing, and one of the ski runs is equipped with the required lighting.
The town of Bansko hosts numerous national and regional competitions of international importance, including the World and European Ski Alpine discipline. In Bansko are also held competitions of the Biathlon World Championship.
The fans of extreme sports won’t be disappointed because the town organizes: snowmobile riding, ATV riding, sledding, carting on snow.
During the warm months in Bansko, you can enjoy several mountainous activities, such as rock climbing, mountain horseback riding, cycling, rafting, kayaking, hiking, fishing, paintball, and off road canyoning golf, and much more.
Apart from the sports activities, Bansko is an attractive center for tourists worldwide because it offers a wide variety of cultural and historical monuments, museums, and high national value sites. In the town are registered over 130 architectural and historical monuments of culture, as 7 are of national significance.
There is a highly developed museum complex in Bansko that presents several houses of famous Bulgarian figures from the Bulgarian Revival Period, as some of these houses are the museum house of Neofit Rilski, Velyanova house, museum house of Nikola Vaptsarov (one of the symbols of Bansko), Radonova house, the spiritual and historical center “Paisii Hilendarski.”
Part of the museum complex includes the Permanent iconic exhibition located in the building of the former Hilendarski convent, built-in 1749, and the Permanent exhibition of the Art School of Bansko. The old town of Bansko also intrigues the tourists, as its architecture reflects the typical houses of the Revival Period (XVIII-XIX century).
The „Saint Trinity” church is one of the town’s symbols and one of the most visited sites. Before constructing the “Saint Alexander Nevsky” church in Sofia city, the “Saint Trinity” church was the biggest and most impressive church not only in our country but also in the Balkans. The church was built in 1835 and is a three-nave basilica, as the initiative for the construction is work of Lazar German who was a trader from Bansko who lived during the Revival Period.
Bansko is near Pirin National Park. Due to its wide variety of flora and fauna and its impressive natural rock formations, it was declared a protected territory by the Bulgarian government and is under UNESCO’s protection. The park covers a huge territory in Pirin Mountain, one of the oldest mountains in Europe, and the fascinating beauty of that place can be seen in the crystal clear blue “eyes” – the lakes.
Among the numerous options for leisure time and relaxation in Bansko, you can also enjoy the various cultural events in the town organized annually. These include:
- Kukeri traditions at the beginning of each year;
- Ballet festivals;
- Summer theatre festivals;
- Festivals for opera and classical music;
- Movie and musical festivals and many others.
There is plenty of places to stay in Bansko and even a greater variety of leisure opportunities. The beautiful town shelters the huge flow of people in over 16,000 places to stay, including small family guest houses, small and medium-sized hotels with 2 to 4 stars, and luxury five-star hotels.