Temperature: Average highs of 0-2°C December-February. It often reaches highs of 22°C in July and August.
Best time to visit: December to March for skiing; May to October for summer activities.
The winter snow on the slopes is supplemented artificially if necessary, so you can be sure of great skiing and snowboarding conditions all season. And when it thaws, look forward to comfortable hiking weather in Bansko, especially in late spring/early summer and the early weeks of autumn.
Skiers and snowboarders: Get your adrenalin pumping on the slopes before hitting one of the great après-ski bars.
Thrill-seekers: Try paraskiing through the snow-topped Pirin Mountains.
Art lovers: Central Bansko is a treasure trove of work by some of Bulgaria’s best-known artists.
More about Bansko
Language: The language spoken in Bansko is Bulgarian.
Currency: The currency used in Bansko is the Lev (BGN)
Local time: Bansko is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Sofia Airport. Transfers to Bansko resorts take 2–2.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Bansko is 3–3.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Bansko tourist information can be found at http://bulgariatravel.org.
Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Bansko.
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By car: Explore the area at your own pace. You’ll find plenty of well-known car rental companies in Bansko.
By lift: There are modern ski lifts and a gondola system to get you up and down the mountainside.
By mountain bike: Make the most of the summer with a bike ride on the thawed-out ski runs. It’s an exhilarating way to explore the mountain scenery.
Local tradition: Brightening the cold January days with music, masks and colourful outfits, the nearby town of Razlog (about 6km away) hosts traditional costumed ‘mummer’ troupes from all over Europe at the International Mummer Festival. Razlog’s mummers are called Old Men (chausi) and they’re known for their towering cone heads and heavy bells.
Fire dancing: In May, fire dancers in mountain villages dance on hot coals to the sounds of drums and Bulgarian bagpipes (gaidas) in honour of Saint Helena and Saint Konstantin.
Free music: In August, the International Jazz Festival holds free concerts in Nikola Vapstarov Square.