Greek town of Thessaloniki is only 210 km away - to go for a swim in the Mediterranean
Sea or for a change in culture.
Unlike the other Bulgarian ski resorts Borovets and Pamporovo
(which are mainly tourist ghettos) Bansko has a life of its own.
is a heritage town with a population of about 7.000 - and a very special one in
addition. Bansko people are different from "regular Bulgarians". They
(like many mountain people) are proud, religious, hard working, tough, liberty
loving and incredibly hospitable.
During the 600 years of the Turkish occupation of Bulgaria Bansko was home to
many a revolutionary. Some of the old houses in the center are connected by secret
tunnels, so the revolutionaries could escape Turkish raids. Bansko was the only
town in the area where the Turks had no foothold and it is said that the Turkish
military made sure to leave Bansko before nightfall.
Bansko's "Holy Trinity" is one of the most beautiful orthodox churches
in Eastern Europe and if you ever happen to be in Bansko on (orthodox) Easter
don't miss the evening mass. It will be an unforgettable experience for you!
course, there are many other things to see. With around 120 cultural and historical
monuments in Bansko you will have a lot to explore.
has the highest known density of luxury hotels and taverns in Bulgaria.
The more than 100 (!) traditional taverns in Bansko (called "mehaná")
are famous throughout Bulgaria for their local cuisine (mainly stews and meat
dishes) and their bands playing traditional folk music (that will tempt even you
to join in the local "horo" dance after a drink or two).
course, there are also the inevitable pizzerias and some steak-houses and other
abound and Discos and night clubs work without time limit, usually closing early
in the morning.
Competition in Bansko
In winter an increasing number of international snowboard and ski championship
and also biathlon competitions take place in Bansko.
are numerous traditional and local holidays with folk concerts and folk dancing.
annual Bansko Jazz Fest in August is famous for its international artists and
summer there are various open-air rock concerts that fill the town with young
people and life.
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