This ski and mountain resort in the south-western part of Bulgaria is the biggest in the country and has spectacular mountain views of the Pirin National Park. With its rich cultural history, affordable attractions and beautiful architecture, Bansko is a great choice whether you're strapping on the skis or mountain biking in the summer. Choose from Bansko ski apartments, holiday chalets, luxury penthouses and much, much more.
Let it snow!
Bansko has the best snow record of all Bulgarian ski resorts and more than 50 per cent of the slopes are covered by snow cannon. The English-speaking instructors teach all levels of difficulty so it's ideal for novices and seasoned veterans alike. Advanced skiers can try the Alberto Tomba black or even go off-piste (a guide is recommended). If you don't fancy skiing or snowboarding, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the white stuff. Snowshoeing is a great way to see the natural landscape while skating at the huge ice rink is a fun day out for the whole family.
In the summertime
From hiking in the hills to exploring historical sights, Bansko is just as appealing in summer as it is during snow season. Pack a picnic and take a hike up Vihren, the highest peak of the Pirin Mountains. The unforgettable views, fresh air and serene atmosphere will refresh and revive you. Historical highlights include the Rila Monastery in the southwestern Rila Mountains. The monastery was founded in the 10th century and it's one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. The state-of-the-art Bansko Museum Complex is also well worth a visit as is the Neofit Rilski House Museum, the birthplace of one of Bulgaria's great scholars.
If you prefer golf to skiing, the Pirin golf course is a great way to spend a summer's day. Or why not get your swimming kit out and head to the Alpha Spa in Dobrinishte. This open-air mineral water swimming pool is the perfect place to take a dip and cool off in warm weather. Whatever the season, Bansko is a brilliant choice if you're looking for a getaway in Bulgaria.
Top Destination reviews
Fantastic apartment, great location.
We had a wonderful time staying here. It’s a short walk from the gondola and the hubbub of town. A roomy 2 bed, 2 wc apartment in a quiet block. It’s well catered with everything you’ll need for cooking, washing, ironing a shirt! It even has a great view of the mountains. We were a ski party of 4, but the apartment would have easily slept 6. I would heartily recommend this apartment to anyone looking to book a break in Bansko. …
Mountain Dream apartment sleeps 6 - 2 bedrooms - NEW internet in apartment.
From being met upon arrival and Emma kindly helping us with our luggage (our two children were starting to play up after a long journey!) right through to leaving a week later we loved our stay here.
The location is perfect - just a few minutes’ walk to the ski road where you can ski down to the gondola. Ideal and saves you lugging your ski equipment a long way. You can also stop at the same place on your way back down and be just a few minutes walk to the apartment after a long day on the hill.
10/15 minute walk sees you in town and a host of bars, restaurants and ski shops to choose from, and all of those which we went to we found to be excellent.
The apartment itself is lovely and very relaxing. Good living accommodation and two bedrooms was ideal. The shower is very powerful - just the job after a hard day’s skiing!
We didn’t use the facilities much but this was due to lack of time rather than any problem with them. My partner and the two kids used the pool and hot tub and reported no issues at all. The kids loved the hot tub!
Claire, the owners’ rep in Bansko, was in touch regularly (but not too much, so we didn’t feel it was like we were being interrupted at all) to make sure everything was ok which we really appreciated.
Overall a fantastic stay made all the better by having a superb base to come back to each evening.
We will be back in Bansko for sure and will be hoping to book the same apartment again if we can.
Thank you Deborah and Paul! …
Apartment 1155 Bansko Royal Towers
We had the best holiday ever. The apartment is only a short walk from the gondola and is fully furnished and lovely and warm. It was like home from home so much so and we have booked to go back next year! We would definitely recommend this apartment.
Regards Michelle & John Moutter
Photo is of the view from the balcony …
Mountview Lodge Apartment
Perfect basic ski holiday
Went here with a couple of mates for the week for skiing, friendly staff and great apartment was cleaned daily which meant even after 5 boys stayed it was kept nice and tidy would recommend to anyone. Only problem is if you plan to ski the ski lift has a long wait so bankso might not the best place but the apartment itself was fantastic. Good wifi and everything needed to cook basic meals, being only 10 min from town meant the restraints weren't far away. …
Matt's Ski and Summer Pad. Fortuna, 2 minutes to gondola
Great location in centre of it all. Peaceful, clean and modern. Definitely stay here again. Love it! …
Stylish Ski In Ski Out 2-bedroom apartment
Close to Gondola, nice clean, friendly
The apartments are close to the gondola, approximately a 10 minute walk slightly uphill on the return, although there is the potential to ski very close to the door snow conditions permitting.
The apartment was clean with reasonably good facilities. The rooms were boiling hot (so much so we had the windows open at night when -5 outside!), so no worries about needing extra clothing.
TV with good selection of channels.
The swimming pool was VERY chlorinated. We went for a swim one day but made my eyes sting and skin feel itchy so did not go again. Sauna was good. Small but did not really get busy so was ok. They jacuzzi was in a bad smelling room and water was cloudy and cold so did not use either. This did not really impact the enjoyment of our stay however.
The downstairs bar is nice, cheap and the food is of good quality. …