First floor two-bedroom apartment with two balconies, bathroom & separate wc, enjoying a sunny aspect and mountain views. Flexible accommodation, with superking-sized double room, twin room and double sofabed in lounge, making this apartment ideal for couples, families or other groups of up to six people. Beautifully furnished with solid wood furniture and big, comfy beds. Free on-site facilities include heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Personal Wi-fi in the apartment.Ideally located, with just a short walk to both the ski gondola and the town centre. There is also a free shuttle bus to and from the ski gondola. Good value transfers can be arranged with the key holder who will take you to shop at a supermarket on the way into town at no extra charge. No waiting for keys to arrive and no heavy food bags to carry on foot!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 toilet only|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sofia, Nearest railway: Bansko|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Furniture||Super King Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
A selection of games, books, CDs and DVDs is provided in the apartment for use during your stay. There is satellite TV with about 26 English speaking or subtitled stations, with programmes varying depending upon the time of day.
The apartment has a heated ski locker on the ground floor which can be accessed via the lift or stairs; key available from reception.
The free shared facilities in the basement area include swimming pool with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. There is also table tennis and table football.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside, there is an enclosed garden with a covered barbecue area and a sun terrace which opens up from the pool area for use in summer.
There is a free shuttle bus service to and from the gondola station.
A £100 security deposit (cash) will be collected on your arrival. This will be refunded on your departure, provided there are no breakages or damage.
Skiing information: There are 14 pistes totalling 65km, including an uninterrupted 16 km run starting from Todorka Peak at the highest point of the ski centre, all the way to base station of the Gondola plus cross country and excellent off piste skiing. A multi-million Euro project has recently seen the installation of new lifts, including an eight-person gondola and snow cannons to ensure good conditions. The Ski and Snowboard School offers good tuition, including children who are cared for at the Junior Ski Club. In addition to on-piste skiing, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a fun park which offers fans of extreme winter sports the option to ski over artificial bumps and jumps as well as to build their own. Also, the half-pipe located near Bansko’s famous snow towers, offers both skiers and snowboarders an arena to show off their latest tricks. The ski season is one of the longest; roughly mid December until the end of April.
The Pirin National Park encompasses rugged alpine peaks that rise above 8,202ft (2,500m). The magnificent landscape is made up of old forests, waterfalls, caves and areas of limestone that are home to the endangered edelweiss and the Pirin poppy. Characteristic to the park is the abundance of rare and endemic species of plants and animals, and the unique environment is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and National Heritage site. Holy Trinity Church with its fine belfry and clock tower is famous for its collection of icons and murals painted by local Bansko artists who once made the Bansko School of Painting one of the best in Bulgaria.
Although Bansko is better known as a winter sports centre, when the snow melts the area is transformed into an area of outstanding natural beauty, making the Pirin mountain range one of the most popular areas in Europe for hiking. There are well-marked long hiking trails serviced by hikers’ chalets, as well as opportunities for climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing and bird watching. There are local companies organising extreme activities for the more adventurous and golf courses are under construction in the local area. The Pirin National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, having over 60 glacial lakes, waterfalls, caves and many rare and endemic species.
Other activities available in the town include ice skating and bowling. The nightlife is equally varied, with many picturesque mehanas serving traditional local food and wine, often with live folk music, or more contemporary clubs, bars and casinos. Each August, the week-long International jazz festival is increasingly popular.
The nearby village of Dobrinishte, located only 5 km from the town, is a must visit. The healing effects of the thermal springs in these mountains have been famous since antiquity and a brand new spa centre with outdoor thermal pools has recently ben opened here. In summer, the ski lift remains open, taking hikers up to 2500 metres, from where there are beautiful waymarked walks. In Bansko itself, you can take a minibus up to the Vihren hut, from where many similar walks begin, or you can climb to the highest peak in the Pirin range.