Location & Transportation
The city of Bansko is located in south direction about 150 km from Sofia / about 200 km north-west from Thessalonica in Greece.
All major airlines either standard scheduled or charters are approaching the Sofia International Airport and the Thessalonica Airport.
The town of Bansko is situated at the northeastern foot of Pirin beneath the highest and the most beautiful Karst part of the mountain. South of the town is the Pirin National Park. There are more than 800 circus lakes. The biggest groups of lakes are Bandarishki, Vasilashki, Strazhishki, Todorini, Valjavishki, popovi, Kremenski, Prevalsi, Polenski and Vlahini.
If you add to this its historical and architectural value, Bansko is the pearl in the Bulgarian necklace.
Bansko is an important cultural centre of a historically important arts school. In the 18th and early 19th century talented painters and woodcarvers created works of art in the houses and churches of Bansko, the Rila monastery, the monasteries on Mount Athos, Serbia and Macedonia. The most famous painters belonged to the Molerovi clan, starring from its founder Toma Vishanov.
Apart from the beautiful Pirin and the numerous spots of natural beauty the town also boasts its many historic sites. Remains of ancient fortresses have been preserved in the Staroto Gradishte located about 44 km southwest of the town and also in the yulen locality (downstream Demyanitsa river). Thracian rumili have been uncovered in the vicinity of Staroto Gradishte. Archeological works have unearthed a 2nd century B.C. burial site containing a set of bronze surgical instruments, remains of medical preparations etc. in the centuries –old Dobrokoyvitsa locality (west of Bansko). Scientists assume that a medieval settlement used to exist in the Sveta Troitsa (Holy Trinity) locality (northwest of town). South of Bansko are remains of the late-medieval single-nave churches “St. George” and “St. Elija”.