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Bansko Travel Guide

Affordable Luxury

The absolute value for money winter destination combines the good and modern infrastructure with attractive prices, but also easy access from Greece. Is a must for fans of winter tourism as it is the biggest ski center in  the Balkans that spreads the white slopes of the 1,000 as the 2,560 meters altitude. The small traditional town of Bansko with its cobblestone streets and the preserved historic centre with its stone houses of the 18th century is offered for walks. Luxury hotels with excellent spa and indoor swimming pools, casinos, bars, trendy clubs and food in traditional tavernas mehanas give the apres ski life in rhythm.


On the northern slopes of the Pirin mountains, with tracks for each level that reach in total length of 70 km, and highest peak approximately 2600 m and winter season which lasts until the end of April the backdrop seems ideal for every kind of activity, by ski and snowboard up to tobogganing, exciting rides with snowmobiles or even paintball. At the entrance of the ski (1100 m), where special monitors relay the happenings on the slopes, you will raise the 8-point gondolas depart from Bansko, located a little lower, at 925 m.


Ski lifts and slopes


Total length – 22 km

Chairs – 13.2 km

Sliding – 2.4 km

Gondola – 6.2 km

Slopes: for beginners – 35%, advanced 40% – moderate, advanced – 25%

Artificial snow machines – 230 machines that cover 90% of the slopes for skiing

Snowboarders – unique snowboarder 16 km, suitable for moderately advanced skiers and snowboarders, covered by snow machines and enlightened, it connects the largest floor with the city.

The ride with the cable car!

The huge length of the cable car that connects Bansko with the ski resort (approximately 20 minutes journey) is an attraction, as it takes you over enchanting land, next to the tops of trees and of the ultimate white everywhere around you, in conjunction with the sunny weather usually create a delightful backdrop.


Stroll through the old town!

Traditional with cobbled streets and beautiful squares, while dominating the fountain and the famous clock in the steeple of Holy Trinity.


Bazaar and Street Food!

Every Sunday in the historic centre of the village is the bargain. Take a ride and try the famous kempaptse.

Sofia full day tour


Full day trip in Sofia. Departure early in the morning. Arrival of panoramic and guided walking tour to discover the city and the interesting monuments, like the Church of Nefsky and flea market with old objects and antiques, the Russian church, the old palaces and today’s Gallery, the tomb of Russian soldiers, the old University, the Bridge of Eagles and other. For purchases of the Sofia offers amazing deals, if one considers the 5 mall. In the late afternoon we return to Bansko.

Cost per person: €20

Includes: Transfer, escort, tour

Blagoevgrad-Rila Monastery full day tour


A day trip to the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox Monastery in Bulgaria, where the relics of St. John of Bulgaria, founder of the monastery. The Monastery is situated at the foot of the tallest mountain of Rila, Bulgaria in the deep ravine of the Rilska River 1147 m high. In return stop in Blagoevgrad, capital of Southwest Bulgaria with the great market, pedestrian-friendly downtown, old town, and the beautiful cafes next to the  river Bistritsa.

Cost per person: €17

Includes: Transfer, escort, tour. Museum entrances are not included.

8x8 ATV tour in Pirin Forest

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Ride in the foothills of the Pirin with ATV special vehicles lasting an hour. Path in forest roads but also off road passes. When it’s snow, the vehicles are crawled. During the tour there are stops for taking pictures, stopping at the Paligko Hill, drink a hot tea with view of the Rila mountain and the Mperismata pond. Do stop and the small monastery of Mpokorontisto. Every vehicle gets 5 persons + Guide.

Cost per person: €25

Includes: 8 x 8 vehicle, driver, fuel, Escort/Guide.

Banya Hot Springs


Evening tour to the picturesque town of Banya and the town mineral springs. Rehabilitation and spa facilities are the best in central Bulgaria and are well known. Recreate and relax in hot springs and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer

Rate per person : €10

Include : Transfers from your hotel in Bansko, English guide, entrance fee

In Bansko there are too many traditional restaurants (mehana) that offer good local cuisine and wine. We recommend to try Shopska salad (tomatoes,cut into small pieces, onion, cucumber, red pepper andcovered with grated cheese). Very good soup with balls or tarator that is cold yogurd soup, all for noon. Traditional main dishes such as Katino Meze with chicken or pork pieces in red sause with mushrooms and cheeses and Preserved that is pieces of different meat cooked with vegetables.

Try tsoylan, delicious shank cooked for over 8 hours or various grilled like kebab small or big (Sislik) of pork or chicken, burgers (kiofte) and the Meatballs (kempaptse) of minced pork, which the ordering with piece.

Finally the amazing “Satse”, roasted vegetables and different meats on flameproof clay plate. The wines are all of good quality. We suggest Mavroud from Asenovgrad or Cabernet of Melnik, while many good beers like Zagorka, Kamenitsa and Summenko.

Victoria Restaurant


Modern and warm decor offers delicious dishes based on Italian cuisine using the finest materials. Up-to-date wine cellar and impeccable service by qualified personnel. From the best dining options in Bansko.

Address: 119 Pirin Str.

Tel: + 359 887 761 500



Classic Mehana with authentic tastes local cuisine in a picturesque place. Definitely try the satse with all katino Meze dish with chicken and mushrooms of  the forest

Address: on the main square of the historical centre

Tel: + 359 889534582

Momini Dvori


Perhaps the most beautiful Bansko Mehana with traditional cuisine and too many choices in meat and appetizers in the catalog.

Address: 2 Nikola Vaptsarov

Tel: + 359 888 530695

Euphoria Bar and Restaurant


All day cafe – restaurant in a multiplex levels, for hot chocolate with a unique view of the skiing from the top balcony or pasta, pizzas and fried chicken. Draft beers and live bands fill the backdrop for the evening

Address: Nayden Gerov

Tel: + 359 897895916

Queens Pub

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All day cafe – bar – restaurant, English pub oriented with many drafts , burgers and more to enjoy.

Address: Pirin” Str. 92, 2770 Noviyat Grad

Tel: +359 88 820 0400

Happy End


The biggest club of Bansko, sensational warm place with wood – stone decor and live stage that has hosted many bands. You will find it across from the gondola.

Pirin 75


Young coffee – bar on the main street. Here you will find freddo for those who do not leave it in the winter and many beers in the evening

Rental prices with discount 10% 1










Ski set (Ski – boots – baton) 18 BGN 32 BGN 45 BGN 60 BGN 75 BGN
Snowboard set (Plank – Boots ) 23 BGN 41 BGN 60 BGN 80 BGN 100 BGN
1 BGN = 0,51 EUR