Bansko has a rich and colourful history, stretching back a thousand years. Over the centuries it has given home to many civilisations, including Romans, Thracians and Slavs. Today Bansko serves primarily as an increasingly popular ski resort during the winter months, enjoying a quieter and more authentic summer season.
The Old Town hosts many festivals in the main square over the summer season. Standing on the edge of the square, The Holy Trinity Church built in 1835, boasts a thirty-metre bell tower overlooking the town. Cobbled streets lead off in all directions, lined with shops, market stalls and restaurants.
There are plenty of cafes to choose from around the main square, with freshly squeezed fruit juice to enjoy next to the fountains. With a range of art to capture the imagination, local wines and beers in which to indulge, and fresh locally sourced traditional foods available, Bansko offers an escape for every sense.
Over 350 restaurants can be found spread throughout the town, the choice of food does not stop at a different meal for every day of the year, but the choice to eat somewhere different every day. Meals on offer range from traditional Bulgarian dishes, to the more familiar from closer to home. Explore a range of meats cooked in variety of styles, including open-air barbecues and spit-roasts. And for those who enjoy a vegetarian lifestyle, one of the largest and most diverse selection of salads to be found anywhere in the world!
Surrounding towns and attractions
For those who wish to explore further afield, a self-drive package is available. Rhino Car Hire can arrange rentals from international airports in Sofia and Plodiv. Visit the Dates & Prices page for more information.
To the north of Bansko lays the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest Eastern Orthodox Church, and perhaps the most famous architectural and cultural landmark in the country, dating back more than a thousand years to the tenth century. The drive takes around an hour and a half.
Home to historic Roman baths, Banya still offers a natural thermal mineral oasis in which to bathe, as well as some of Europe’s finest wines to taste.
The Dancing Bears Park in Belitsa is a refuge for bears rescued from this cruel tradition, left from the days of former Soviet Communism. This is now forbidden by law, and the park encourages bears to live in a simulated natural environment, where they can be cared for and rehabilitated.
From Bansko, it takes around one hour to reach the Greek border, with the coastal town of Kavala roughly another two and a half hours beyond. Directions are very straight forward, making it easily accessible.
For more information on the large selection of sites and activities available, please contact us.