Bansko (936m) is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria. In the last few years the resort has enjoyed a great deal of investment, building new hotels and resort facilities, making it Bulgaria’s top ski resort. The town enjoys mild winters and a very good snow record and offers more than 70km of mainly north facing marked ski runs from 1100m to 2560m (6 blue, 11 red, 2 black), with 24 lifts (6 fast chair lifts, 1 gondola; 7 drags and 10 baby drags). There are also 9km of cross country tracks and a snowpark with half pipe.
The two main ski-centers – Chalin Valog (1100-1600m) and Shiligarnika (1700-2500m) are situated approximately 10 km away from the town and are accessible by the Gondola station on the outskirts of Bansko (which can be reached by the hotel shuttle bus). It is possible to return by Gondola or ski back down along a long blue run to the town, the last 7km of the slope is floodlit.
The resort offers good skiing for beginners and intermediates, with a good nursery slope and mainly blue and red runs. For more advanced skiers some good off-piste riding is available but local knowledge is essential so go with a guide. In addition to on-piste skiing, advanced skiers and snowboarders can head to the fun park in the “Platoto” area.
Bansko also offers great childcare facilities with a 'non-skiing kindergarten' located near the bottom of the Gondola Lift. Children enjoy games and activities whilst supervised by fully qualified minders.
Bansko offers great Apres Ski with over 100 'Mehanas' to choose from. Mehanas are friendly taverna style restaurants serving traditional Bulgarian cuisine and drinks, often with roaring log fires and live music and entertainment. There are a few après ski bars around the gondola station in the town and bars and nightclubs are open until the early hours. There are also a number of shops and good value restaurants around the pretty town centre.
Other Activities in Bansko include: ice-skating, swimming, bowling, snow shoe walking, cross country skiing, snow mobiling and ice fishing.
Bansko is of great architectural and historical interest being located in the place of a settlement that was inhabited in succession by Thracians, Romans, Byzantines and Slavs; today the area has preserved more than 120 cultural and historical monuments. For non-skiers Bansko offers a number of possible excursions to places of interest nearby:
*Rila Monastery – the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and also one of the most remarkable monuments on the Balkan Peninsula. The Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
*Melnik – the smallest Bulgarian town, hidden among picturesque sandy pyramids and famous for its architecture and locally produced red wine.
*Kovachevitsa – a village with original and unique architecture. Two- and three-storey stone houses built on the basis of the old Bulgarian pre-revival houses, during the second half of the 18th century.
*Ognyanovo – a spa resort close to the Greek border with an average water temperature of + 43°C.
Possible additional Activities - additional supplements apply - upon request at hotel
HOT MINERAL BATHS - voted No 1 by guests, a must do in Bansko, this is the best way to recover in hot mineral outdoor swimming pool after a long day on the slopes. Available every day: transport and entrance included.
SKI DOOS - adrenaline off the slopes which will take your breath away. Unforgettable experience NOT TO BE MISSED. Available every day: pick up and drop off included in price.
PUB CRAWL - Mix and mingle, don’t be single! Every Monday for the price of 20 lv you can join our Bansko Party Crew to visit 5 of the top party places in the town and get some free drinks!
AMPHIBIA OFF ROAD ADVENTURE - If you are fans of the extreme adventures, then join us forunforgettable experience on the Canadian vehicle and go where the roads won't get you! Available every day: pick up and drop off included
WINTER ADVETURE ON SNOW SHOES - every day. This is a great opportunity for those who not ski/board or just want to enjoy some scenic places, frozen lakes, peaceful meadows in the wild nature. Get active and spend a wonderful time with experienced mountain guide. A day you would never forget.
Booking for these activities is completed at reception of the hotel, if you want more information then please ask at the reception upon check-in!
Learn To Ski In Bansko with Ski Lessons and Ski Hire Included
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- Ski 16km non-stop from the top of Mt. Todorka down to the gondola station.
- Enjoy some warm Bulgarian hospitality at one of the many traditional ‘Mehanas’ around the town. Eating out is very good value here!
- Non skiers can take a trip to see the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO world heritage site just over an hour from Bansko
- 7 Nights accommodation at 3* Hotel Mura
- B&B Basis
- Return airport transfers from/to Sofia airport
- 6 Day Lift Pass
- 6 Days Ski Equipment
- Ski Tuition (6 days x 4 hours)
- Shuttle Bus to gondola station
- Free use of jacuzzi, relaxation room, sauna and steam room
- Meals & beverages - unless otherwise specified above
- Local taxes where applicable
- Everything not specified above
A recently built hotel close to the centre of Bansko within short walking distance of a number of bars and restaurants. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the ski area, and there are regular shuttle buses to take you to and from the gondola station free of charge. Parking and free WiFi internet access are available.
All rooms come complete with bathroom with shower , cable TV, minibar, telephone, and balcony.
The small, modern hotel spa offers a sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi where you can unwind after a day on the slopes.
Nearest Airport: Sofia (3hrs)
Other airports: Plovdiv (3.5hrs)
Take the E79 to Simitli and then road n.19 (direction Razlog) to Bansko.
By Public Transport
Cheap public buses run from both Sofia and Plovdiv city centres to Bansko. Take a bus from the airport to the city centre bus station then change to get to Bansko.
By Private Transfer
When not included in the package price ask us for a quote.
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