Located at the feet of the Pirin mountain the town of Bansko developed to a beloved tourist destination over the last 10 years. Offering all season relaxation and entertainment opportunities Bansko became a worthy place to visit all year long. The contemporary town of Bansko is a unique mixture of old traditions and modern style, where new-built hotels and apartment houses are separated from more than 100 years old ethnographic houses by just a tiny, stone-paved street. The town centre is a listed World Heritage Site.
The geographical location high in the mountain and the technical capability of the resort with its more than 80 snow cannons secure snow coverage from December to Mai.
MORE ABOUT THE SKI RESORT
The winter resort is located just above the colourful town of Bansko 12 km into the picturesque Pirin Mountain. The perfectly prepared and efficiently secured ski runs are stretched over 65 km. 22 km of modern high-capacity lift infrastructure stands for comfort and minimal waiting times.
In addition, the fans of extreme winter sports will enjoy the fun park and the half pipe that will cause them an enormous adrenaline rush while boosting the latest tricks in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
LEGENDS AND HISTORY
There are several legends about who founded Bansko. According to one of them, Bansko was founded by people who lived in Dobarsko, a village in Rila, itself according to a legend founded by the blinded army of Tsar Samuil.
Another legend claims that Bansko was founded by an Italian painter by the name of Ciociolino, thus the existence of the name Chouchoulain in Bansko.
Still according to another version it was a Slavic tribe called the Peruns, who lived in Pirin and worshiped Perun, that founded the village later to become a town. There are a number of ethnographic texts, legends, prayers and oratories, which lend credence to this legend.
The archeological traces of the inhabitants of Bansko and the Razlog Valley in general date to the early periods of the Roman Empire.
There are several housing structures at the outskirts of the town, which date to 100 BC. However, there is no consensus nor credible theory on who these people were.
The Bulgarian Evangelical Church Community, the first Protestant church in Bulgaria, was founded in Bansko on 6 August 1868.
Until 5 October 1912, Bansko was a part of the Ottoman Empire, but enjoyed a quasi self-rule autonomy granted by the sultan. The town was ruled by an assembly of the elders, while justice was administered by the Turkish judge in Razlog. It was incorporated in Bulgaria in 1912 as a result of the First Balkan War.