The ‘all season’ resort of Bansko, is situated in the south west of Bulgaria at the foot of the Pirin mountains 936m above sea level and has a population of around 10,000.
The old town, dominated by the church’s beautiful bell tower is situated near the centre and is most picturesque with narrow cobbled streets and quaint old buildings. It is worth exploring, as are the approximately 100 mehanas, the local restaurants or taverns, which are nearly always atmospheric and attractive. There is plenty of nightlife especially during the ski season including a number of night clubs.
The Pirin National Park area, where the ski slopes are situated, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses some 60 alpine peaks which rise above 2,500m. A number of almost extinct animal species can still be found here.