Well appointed, nearly new, 2 bed villa sleeping 6 close to Bansko Mountain resort in Bulgaria.
Situated on a hill above a traditional Bulgarian village, Pirin View has the most amazing views towards 3 mountain ranges - Pirin, Rila & Rhodope. Yet only 2 hours drive away are the beautiful beaches of the Aegean and the Greek resort of Kavalla, with ferry to Thassos.
Enjoy mountain sports and activities all year round, or sit on the balcony admiring the view. The area offers many options for days out - historical sites like the Rila monastery or Dobrinishte church, the Bear Centre (rescued performing bears) at Belitsa, or International standard golf at the Ian Woosnam Golf & spa resort.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Nearest beach||Kavalla, Greece 169 km|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sofia 168 km, Nearest railway: Blagoevgrad 66 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Long hot summers and a variety of outdoor pursuits from Golf and Hiking to Horse riding.
Bansko has a wonderfully historical and untouched feel to many parts of the old town and surrounding areas.
Trigrad Gorge - an amazing climb through the rocks to where the river drops in to the "underworld". Tonnes of wood vanishes in to this cave every year never to re-appear and legend has it that this is where Orpheus returned to the underworld.
Sandanski - a small town bordering Greece where Spartacus, the Thracian Slave who launched an uprising against Rome, was born.
Dobarsko - the location of a small chapel whose walls were recently cleaned to find an old fresco depicting the last supper clearly showing Mary Magdalene at Christ's side painted long before the famed Leonardo da Vinci version. It is alleged that the Templars visited this site and it is linked to stories of the "holy grail".
Rila Monastery - the holiest location in Bulgaria and place of pilgrimage is based high in the forest of the Rila mountains. It is also possible to walk to the cave where St Ivan Rilski spent his days in isolation / hermitage.
Melnik - a major wine growing area famed for its sandstone "pyramid" rock formations unique to this area, in addition to its wine cellars and vineyards.
Plovdiv - originally a Thracian settlement, latterly falling under the rule of the Greeks, Roman and Turks, it is a beautiful city with some of the most visible Roman ruins in Bulgaria (amphitheatre, chariot race track).
Roman Excavation - in a small clearing between Bansko and Dobrinishte a small Roman settlement has been found and the archaeologists are in the process of excavating the site.
Pirin Mountains - some of the most accessible walking in Europe which offers a number of trails and 176 crystal clear mountain lakes. Close to Bansko is the Baikushev's Pine (the oldest tree in Bulgaria) which is more than 1,300 yrs old.
Perfect snow throughout the winter months, ideal for all snowsports, available from the ski lift in Bansko
Enjoy local cuisine in the many Mehanas (local restaurants) in the area. If you choose wisely you can eat and drink incredibly cheaply. Local cuisine features fresh vegetables & salads, local meats and sausage as well as the traditional white cheese (similar to feta). Cooking on the fire is very popular and tasty. Local beers and wines are excellent and can be incredible value.
Visit the Bansko Jazz festival August 4 - 11 2012 - an International festival of Jazz (http://banskojazzfest.com/en).