Bansko - The city of ski resort
Bansko is one of the most touristic destinations, especially in winter. This small town of 10.000 citizens has a well-organised snow centre, and the snow is thick during most of the ski season. Bansko offers a great variety of luxury hotels and other kinds of accommodations at the best prices. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, you can enjoy the ski tracks and ski lifts before relaxing at the hotels’ spa and wellness centre. Famous for the World Ski Event held in Bansko in 2011, athletes and celebrities faced each other in a competition to raise funds for disadvantaged children around the world.
Bansko is known to be one of the best winter destinations, that’s why you need to practice ice-skating in one of the ice rinks. There is also a large number of ski and snowboard schools. Bansko is the perfect destination if you’re looking for mountain vacations, and in summer you can mountain bike in excellent slopes. When you want to relax, spending an afternoon at an equipped spa centre of one of the 5 star hotels of Bansko is totally affordable. This city also has a strategical position as it is near Sofia, Blagoevgrad and Sandanski. Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and is located about 150 km away from Bansko. You can reach it easily and discover this amazing city, point of culture and spots within Bulgaria. It offers a lot of options for nightlife and enlightenment in pubs and traditional taverns.
Bansko is about skiing but not only. You can enjoy full-scale fun in the evening: there are hundreds of bars, nightclubs, cafes and local restaurants. The local traditional taverns, called “mehana”, are designed in the typical Bulgarian style from the 19th century and most of the time live music is played. They offer a wide range of wine and Rakia (national Bulgarian alcoholic drink) and dishes from Bansko. Among the local specialties are: Kapama, Chomlek, Bansko Kebap, Sache, Banski Starets, etc. In Bansko, the typical outing with friends includes a dinner in “mehana”, a few drinks in a bar and then dancing in one of the many nightclubs. The nightclubs are usually open until morning. There are no government regulations and the clubs are open until everybody left.
Time zone: EET (UTC+2)
The climate is warm and temperate in Bansko, there are significant rainfall throughout the year. Even the driest month has high rainfall. The climate here is classified as Cfa by the Köppen-Geiger system. The average temperature in Bansko is 13.5 °C.
If you are a tourist and you need a transportation between Bansko and Sofia, one of the cheapest options is to travel by bus. There are several companies that have daily bus lines between the resort and the capital of Bulgaria. The distance between Bansko and Sofia is 160 km and it takes approximately 3 hours by bus. Two bus stations in Sofia are having direct bus lines to Bansko - these are the Central bus station and bus station "Ovcha Kupel".
The phone number for Bansko bus station is: +359 749 521 57, mobile: +359 888896833
The phone number for Sofia, Central bus station bus station is: +359 2 8133205
The phone number for Sofia, bus station "Ovcha kupel" bus station is: +359 2 9555362