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
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. …
Mountain View Resort
Been to Bansko many times, thought we would stay somewhere new and loved it. The apartment is lovely and very well equipped with the ability to snowboard almost to the door. Staff were very helpful and whenever we needed anything, toilet rolls, apartment cleaned, towels changed, they were very quick to get it done. Great location for Bansko Town too, just a 5min walk down the hill and your right into the nightlife.
The pool was good for a refreshing dip after a day's boarding, with a jacuzzi and a sauna to melt away all my aches and pains, they were many! Really enjoyed our time there and will book again if we're back next year!
Thank you …
Bansko Royal Towers - Exclusive Ski Apartment
I really can't fault this apartment...Will be booking next year!!!
Fantastic location, very clean and modern with everything working as it should …
I've stayed here for three years on the trot and anticipate returning next year. The place is everything you need for a ski holiday, all very clean and generally brilliantly furnished. Owner/Housekeeper very helpful. Literally is right next to gondola, couldn't ask for much more. …
Opposite Gondola - 2 Bedroom Deluxe Apartment
Great location and great recommendations
A group of 13 of us stayed and we had an amazing ski break. We rented the 3 apartments and we couldn’t have been happier. Leading up to the trip Dave was super helpful with recommendations when it came to transfers, ski hire and places to eat - all of which we will be using again!
The hosts were fantastic and made check in/out very quick and easy.
The apartments themselves were everything you would want, very clean and plenty big enough for us all to chill in at the end of the ski day. We are out every night but we could have easily What’s more they were very close to the gondola, right in the middle of the restaurants and bars etc. Overlooking the Main Street they were quite noisy some nights but that’s to be expected.
Would highly recommend these apartments to anyone going to Bansko, especially for a big group. …
Apartment 1155 Bansko Royal Towers
Bansko skiing royal towers fab
My wife daughter and myself stayed at Janet and Mike's apartment during a weeks skiing break...well what can I say...we thought it was fab, much better than expected..flat was large with large balcony with nice views of the mountains..cosy, warm as toast, fully equipped. Small supermarket is nearby..no issues with power availability that some of the other blocks were suffering with due to arguments with the landlord. Ski cable car few minutes walk..loads of nearby bars and places to eat..all very reasonably priced..the Happy End bar is a blast..only negative does not relate to the apartment but any people who struggle a bit with mobility ie dodgey knees etc what we didn't realise was there is no snow clearance through the main complex roads and gardens..likewise paths leading down into the town. Take a couple of ski poles or walking sticks to help stabilise anybody who may not be 100% mobile . I ski and am fully mobile but the ice nearly got me several times on the pathways..it's obvious I know but just as a reminder..enjoy …