Bansko is becoming increasingly popular in the UK for those on a budget, but despite being a cheaper option, the place is packed with attractions catering to all tastes.
The resort makes for a brilliant holiday with family or friends throughout the winter months, but there’s more to it than just the slopes! Read on to find out how you can make the most of Bansko as a summer holiday destination.
There are so many brilliant activities for you and your friends all around Bansko! Try an off-road jeep safari, or perhaps a rafting trip along Bulgaria’s beautiful rivers. You can take on your friends and get messy with paintballing, or reach new heights with some rock climbing. Mountain bikes are also available to hire so you can explore the sunny trails around the Pirin mountains.
Here’s what one visitor said about his exciting jeep safari experience:
“The best bit was going over the rough terrain of the country roads, being jolted around and being sprayed by the water and mud.”
There are plenty of bars and clubs all around the centre of Bansko, including the very popular Flash Club which usually features guest DJ’s and electronic music. There are also some fantastic parties during the summer months, including jazz festivals. For more information about parties in Bansko, check out this blog post.
Dance, drink, and celebrate your holiday in a cheap and cheerful way! Many of Bansko’s bars are great value for money, and several reviews compliment the friendly staff and brilliant atmosphere. Visit the Karaoke bar for a lively (and no doubt hilarious) evening with friends.
Several restaurants offer traditional cuisine and bars open until late evening. Some restaurants are more British style pubs, so if you prefer to have a taste of home, these are the ones for you.
For Animal Lovers…
Want to get in touch with nature? Visit the Dancing Bears Park, located just 33km from Bansko. The popular tourist spot features the beautiful wild brown bears roaming about their territory, as well as stunning scenery for you and your friends to enjoy.
If bears aren’t your bag, why not horses? Take a ride through colourful villages, meadows and lakes on this horseback tour. The package is available for large groups, and is a great way to chill out together while on such an active holiday.
Sightseeing tours are yet another fantastic way to spend your time in Bansko. Focused around the Pirin and Rila mountains, you can tour around caves, towns and villages to discover the culture of Bulgaria.You can also take a hiking tour around the Pirin mountains; enjoy the magnificent scenery from high in the clouds.
If you prefer to stay closer to your hotel, the town itself is magnificent to look at. Traditional taverns and shops, medieval architecture, and the beautiful high slopes make for some wonderful scenic views to enjoy throughout your stay.
Where to Stay
Todorini Kull –These apartments are perfect for bigger groups, as they include living areas with large TV’s, simple bedrooms and well-equipped kitchens. Todorini Kullis in a brilliant location, close to a grocery shop as well as a bus station if you fancy an excursion. There is also free Wi-Fi!
PredelaNadezhda Apartment – If you’re looking for a little more luxury, these apartments are the ones for you. Predela Nadezhda boasts a swimming pool with a hot tub and sauna, as well as tennis courts and the all-important free Wi-Fi. In a brilliant location and rated the best value in Bansko, what’s not to love?
Sunrise Park Complex– Why not get out and about and explore the historic parts of Bansko? Sunrise Park Complex is just a few minutes’ walk from Bansko’s centre, so everything is easy to find. The hotel has its own restaurant, bar, and indoor pool, so you can relax and eat some hearty food after a day out adventuring. Wi-Fi is also available here.
How to Get There
The best way to get to Bansko from the UK is to fly to Sofia Airport. Direct flights will take just over 3 hours and can be found at very low prices. From here, a pre-booked transfer to your chosen hotel is the easiest option and will take just a further 2 hours.
I would recommend Shuttle Direct for this service, particularly if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option. For large groups, booking a shared taxi or seats on a transfer bus are the cheapest ways to get to Bansko and start your adventure!
About Shuttle Direct
Airport transfers from Shuttle Direct are easy to book online and always reliable. Our friendly drivers will take you and your friends straight to your chosen destination from the airport, meaning you can relax and enjoy your holiday as soon as you land. Book your transfer now!