Are you needing to cool off in a wonderful ski location?
It is not often that you can find a destination that offers excellent skiing facilities alongside a wonderful well established town, with many bars, restaurants, museums and art galleries – you can find all of this in Bansko, Bulgaria. The town situated at the foot of the most beautiful mountains, known collectively as the Pirin Mountain. Each peak has its own name, the Vihren is the highest peak in the north, Polezhan is the highest granite peak, Kutelo is a wonderful triangular shaped slab of marble, and the second highest peak, and Todorka where you will find many fantastic ski slopes and many chairlifts and cable cars to aid your climb to the top. There are many activities to take part in within the mountain, climbing and walking in the spring and summer and now in the winter, the skiing is fast becoming the thing to do in Bansko.
The town has an old portion with many ancient ruins and wonderful little churches and monasteries, you can find the wonderful art here in the old Rila Monastery, the icon-painting school – famous the world over. There is a lovely pedestrian area where you will find many wonderful bars and restaurants, in a relaxed and buzzing place to congregate. The rest of the town has plenty of places to enjoy the local cuisine and lots of interesting architecture to feast on. You can indulge the senses by taking a meal at one of the many restaurants that have a fantastic position on the edge of the River Glaze, which sits to one side of the town and cuts through it, you can walk across the river on little bridges that are positioned along the length of it.
You can take part in other sporting activities besides skiing, as the town has many other sports grounds – tennis courts and a ten bin bowling alley are just a couple of examples. The town also has a railway station with excellent links to other towns in the surrounding area which are always worth a visit. If you enjoy what Mother nature has to offer the traveller, then in less than twenty minutes you can be in the village of Dobrinishte, which is home to nearly twenty mineral springs, that can reach temperatures of forty degrees. A wonderful sight not to mention good for body and soul. It is here in Dobrinishte that you reach the end of the narrow-guage railway line, a rarity these days and, a fantastic journey through spectacular scenery – with this one little track, skimming the mountainside and meandering through tunnels, cut through the hard rock.
It is without doubt that Bulgaria is fast becoming a main choice for a ski destination, the food, the people and the outstanding natural beauty is wonderful all year round, but if you need to feel warmth in your heart and the cold snow on your skin, then it has to be here in this region of Bulgaria that you spend your next vacation.
Created by Margaret Tully