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Book one of apartments in Bansko, a beautiful town hidden between the scenic Rila and Pirin mountain-ranges and enjoy the winter sports. town and a cultural centre too, home of several important poets and painters. In the 19th century it played a role in the resurrection of the Bulgarian nation, when they freed themselves from the Turks after 500 years of occupation.

Bansko is Bulgaria's premier ski resort with the best snow record and the longest ski season (15 Dec - 15 May) of all Bulgarian ski resorts. A multi-million euros investment has been made in recent years and the resort facilities are being developed at a rapid pace.

Bansko is situated 925 m. above sea level near the river Glazane (left feeder of Mesta River) in the north- eastern foot of the Pirin Mountains.

The 65 km of pistes are located in two main ski areas, Chalin Valog (1100-1600m) and Shiligarnika (1700-2500m), are accessible on a new Gondola lift from Bansko.

Bansko is an ancient settlement and with around 120 cultural and historical monuments retains a homely atmosphere. The traditional Bansko taverns, called Mehana, offer local charm with live folk music, authentic cuisine and good selection of Bulgarian wines. Discos and night clubs are plentiful and stay open till early in the morning. There are souvenir shops offering the creations of the local artists and craftsmen.

The 100,000 acre Pirin National Park, with lakes, waterfalls, caves, venerable trees and historical sites, is situated south of Bansko and is included in the UNESCO Convention for the Preservation of World Wildlife Heritage.

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Bansko is just 160 kilometers away from Sofia. Airlines flying from the UK to Sofia include Whizz Air and Hemus Air.

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