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Bansko

Bansko

Situated in the foothills of one of the country's most beautiful mountains, Bansko is a charming and historic town with the stunning alpine backdrop formed by the Pirin Mountains. Bansko is 160km south of Bulgaria's capital, Sofia. and sits at an altitude of 1,000m, dominated by Vihren, the highest mountain (2,915m) in the spectacular Pirin range, close to the Macedonian border.

A climatic mountain resort, Bansko is known as an alpine skiing, hiking and climbing centre, but it combines its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities with the atmosphere of an ancient Bulgarian town from the 10th century, and boasts a wealth of culture and history, as well as traditional taverna-style cuisine and colourful folklore. The traditional stone and wooden buildings are an integral part of its charm and character and many relics and monuments survive from its past. The alpine character of the Pirin Mountains create excellent skiing conditions for all types of skiers and experts can enjoy some of the country's best downhill skiing at the nearby resort of Shiligarnika.

Ski Information:

Highest lift:2000m (6561ft), Lowest lift: 1100m (3609ft), Vertical drop: 900m (2953ft), Number of lifts: 7, Number of slopes: 14, Beginner: 75%, Intermediate: 17%, Expert: 8%, Total piste length: 14km, Cross country: 8km