As popular ski resort, Bansko attracts thousands of winter sports lovers every winter. The resort is popular and preferred not only by local tourists but also by tourists from all over the world who cannot wait for the ski season to start to enjoy its white slopes.
If you are also a fan of white sports, you probably have already packed your suitcases and set off for Bansko to experience your winter fairytale this season.
If you are not a skier, then you might be wondering if the attractions in Bansko will be enough to make you choose the resort for your winter vacation.
Winter in Bansko or 7 reasons to spend your vacation in the ski resort
The fact is that Bansko can offer entertainment for all – for the keen skiers, and for those, for whom the winter break means some other entertainment such as culinary tastings, sightseeing, visits to spa centers and others.
The resort town is so unique that it can really offer something for anyone who has decided to spend a few fairy days as a guest.
Go skiing in Bansko
We just have to start with ski in Bansko, right? Although the resort offers enough attractions and entertainment in all seasons, its great popularity (especially in recent years) is due to the exceptionally good conditions for winter sports it offers.
The winter resort is situated at 925 meters above sea level, and its proximity to three mountains – Pirin, Rila and Rhodopi makes it ideal for lovers of white sports.
Ski season in Bansko is really long – from December to April, prices are affordable, the hotels are many, meeting all the requirements of the tourists, and the slopes are well maintained and equipped with everything necessary for practicing skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biathlon and others.
The ski area of the resort starts at 1,000 m above sea level and reaches 2560 m. The tracks available at Bansko are of varying difficulty with a total number of 15 and total length of 75 km.
For lovers of night skiing there are illuminated tracks, for ski runners and snowboarders – separate routes, for beginners – enough experienced instructors, and for children in Bansko there is even ski kindergarten.
If you do not ski or snowboard, or if you’re just looking for other ways to spend a good winter vacation, you will surely like the attractions in Bansko. And there are a lot of them, so you will have to choose whether to ride snowmobiles, to go ice skating, paragliding or head with a guide on one of the many hiking trails..
And maybe you will try all the fun while on a ski trip in Bansko? The choice is entirely yours!
Have a delicious Bansko cuisine
Except that (as we have already mentioned) is our most popular ski resort, Bansko is also a very popular culinary destination and many of the tourists come here just for the delicious traditional cuisine of Bansko.
There is no other place than Bansko where you will find food like that. Only here you can try Bansko Kapama, home-made appetizers from recipes passed from mother to daughter, chomlek, katino appetizer, potatoes with sauerkraut and other delicacies.
Bansko’s cuisine is so delicious and unique that it is because of her that many people go to the town to spend their Christmas holiday in Bansko 2017.
And maybe you’re looking for a varied cuisine? Well, Bansko can offer you enough Irish, German, English pubs, Italian restaurants, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Swiss, French cuisine … there is even restaurants where Armenian cuisine is available.
Let’s take a look at Revival architecture and landmarks
Even those who come specially to ski in Bansko do not miss the sightseeing of the town and its surroundings. Because Bansko is not only a modern and popular ski resort. Bansko is a town with an ancient history and has something to show its guests. Here are:
*“Holy Trinity” Church – built from Bansko people in 1835, which still fascinates visitors and tells of the strength and spirit of the people of Bansko who have built the temple with their own hands and money donated;
* House-museum of Nikola Vaptsarov – birthplace of the poet Nikola Vaptsarov and the first museum to open in Bansko back in 1952.
* House-museum of Neofit Rilski – also known as the Benin’s house where the founder of Bulgarian secular education Neofit Rilski was born and raised;
* Velyanova House – an exceptionally impressive architectural site that tells about the Revival traditions in Bansko from the XVIII century;
* The monument of Paisii Hilendarski – erected in 1976 in the heart of the town in memory of the local man who laid the foundations of Revival in Bulgaria and gave us hope as a nation writing his Slavo-Bulgarian History.
In the vicinity of Bansko you can also visit:
*Nameless city – discovered by chance during the renovation of the chapel “St. Nicholas”. Although it has yet to fully reveal its secrets, a trip to the Nameless city would appeal to anyone who wants to see as many sights while on vacation or skiing in Bansko.
* Baikushev’s pine – even in the winter, Baikushev’s pine is among the most popular attractions in Bansko, which should not be missed. The tree is about 1300 years old and is the second-oldest tree after the Grant Oak, which is about 1650 years old.
* The rock phenomenon “Wedding” – an extraordinary natural phenomenon that is about 30 km away from Bansko and you can visit during winter as well. According to one legend, many years ago in ancient times evil mother-in-law cursed her son, daughter-in-law and the guests invited to their wedding and everybody (along with the mother-in-law) petrified.
A little spa pampering?
Velingrad is not the only place in Bulgaria that can offer a high class spa. Bansko has a large number of spa hotels and can satisfy all your requirements for a calm and relaxing holiday by the pool, in the sauna or on the massage table.
And if you want something different, just a few kilometers from the town you can take a dip into the mineral pools of the village of Banya. In recent years the village of Banya has become very popular with skiers in Bansko as it has several mineral pools where they can relax after an active day at the ski slopes.
Trips to nearby towns
If by any chance attractions in Bansko are not enough, day trips to nearby towns will fix that.
Dobrinishte is located just a few kilometers away from Bansko and just like the resort town, it can offer you a lot of amenities and restaurants with delicious traditional local cuisine.
One of the most popular attractions in Dobrinishte is the walk to Bezbog peak, which you can reach if you take the lift to Bezbog hut. The lift is a two-seater, there is an intermediate station and will take you to the hut for only 30 minutes. The views that are revealed from there are unique, and if you have your skis, you can combine your short trip to the hut with a ride on the Dobrinishte track.
Razlog is another Revival town located only about 6 km away from Bansko and you can take a trip there while on a ski vacation in Bansko.
Although not as popular as a tourist destination, it is extremely friendly for a one-day trip, and while you are there, you can visit the Historical Museum of the town, the Church of St. George, the church “St. Annunciation”, the Yazo river valley, and others.
Winter vacation is not just a romantic dinner for two with a glass of wine in hand in front of the fireplace. Well, if that’s your idea, there is nothing wrong with staying in the hotel room with your loved one, but if you want to party, the, nightlife in Bansko will not leave you bored for even a night.
Since winter is the most active season in Bansko, the locals have taken care to provide for their guests plenty of night entertainment. Here you will find pubs, bars, clubs, casinos, and each restaurant will offer you a different atmosphere, lots of fun and a party all night long.
And what else?
While on a ski vacation in Bansko and wanting to experience some extremely entertaining adventure, you can try solving puzzles in one of the escape rooms in the town. Over the past few years, escape rooms are among the most popular attractions in Bansko, so if you are adventurous, we advise you not to miss the great entertainment that awaits there.
You think you can not play paintball during the winter? Well, while you’re in Bansko anything is possible and if this is your way of entertainment, the town has enough paintball sites working in the winter where you can have fun.
In winter, Bansko is boiling with active cultural life, so if you’re lucky and your vacation coincides with one of the traditional winter holidays and festivals that take place in the town, you will witness something really unique because Bansko people love to have a good fun.