Bansko is situated at the foot of the Pirin mountains in the south west corner of Bulgaria approximately 2 ½ hours from Sofia and 3-3 ½ hours from Thessaloniki.
The old town (9th/10th century) of Bansko is surrounded by the Pirin, Rhodope and Rila mountain ranges and at the edge of the Pirin National Park which is included in the UNESCO list for cultural and natural sightseeing.
The centre of the town is a listed world heritage site and besides the local church, St. Trinity, there are many historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in Bansko which are well worth visiting.
Every Sunday, there is an open air market.
There is an annual international jazz festival held in August.
Also during the summer months, the Mountain Film Festival and Theatre Festivals are held.
APRES SKI – start at the Happy End bar then choose from about 100 tavernas (or mehanas) some of which have live folk music, which offer traditional Bulgarian food and drinks at amazingly low prices.
Visit the numerous bars (beer is less than £1/pint!), go bowling at the Hotel Strazhite or go dancing at the Amnesia – one of the most popular night clubs in Bansko.
Just a few hundred yards from Predela 2, we discovered a super Mehana – Motikata – 2 main meals, 1 side salad. 1 pudding and 1 litre of wine – approx £13 you do have to book ahead.