Get to know Bansko, the all-white resort of the Balkans
Built at the foot of Mount Pirin, Bansko is the all-white jewel of Bulgaria. The small and hospitable city hosts millions of visitors every year as in addition to the entertainment and relaxation options offered by its center, it also has the largest ski resort in the Balkans.
Take the cable car from the center and enjoy a magnificent route amidst snowy landscapes and lush mountain vegetation reminiscent of an image taken from a fairy tale until you go up to the ski resort. The slopes dressed in white, the relaxed mood and the people from all over Europe will welcome you in the warmest way. Cross the special slopes, drink a hot coffee in the wooden chalet and feel full of the moments of fun and carefreeness that this place will give you.
Wander the cobbled streets of Bansko and gaze at the traditional stone buildings adorned with their white veil. Start your walk from the main point, the church of Holy Trinity and follow the streets between the busy center with its shops. Countless bars, cafes, traditional taverns and restaurants are located in the heart of the city giving life to its picturesque streets and entertainment to its visitors, which lasts until the morning.
Let this picturesque setting warm your heart, the traditional flavors to travel and enjoy countless moments of relaxation and wellness in the most charming winter destination in the Balkans.
Food and local cuisine
Among the restaurants of the city, you will find European cuisine willing to satisfy all tastes, but also mehana, for lovers of tradition. Visit the local taverns (mehana) and try some of the traditional dishes of the place. Prefer the Bulgarian salad shopska, the katino snack, the traditionally cooked knuckle and the famous kebab soutzoukaki. Accompany your meal with a glass of local wine or a cold Bulgarian beer.
The best time to visit Bansko
From December to April, it is the best time to visit Bansko if you want to enjoy the ski resort and the white landscape of the city.
How to use transportation in Bansko
Transfer from/to Bansko
In Bansko you can travel by road as it is only 290 km from Thessaloniki and the route is very smooth. Of course there is the option to travel by air to Sofia and transfer to Bansko (95 km) by train, bus or taxi.
Bansko is a small town that is easy and pleasant to walk. However, for your transfer to the ski resort there is the possibility of using a cable car or minivan.