Mount ranges

Bansko is a pictureque town in Southern Bulgaria, nestled between the Pirin, Rila and Rodope mountain ranges, combining great skiing, beautiful nature and historical significance. With twin peaks over 2900m, Mount Pirin provides all abilities with a great ski season. The historic town of Bansko is Bulgaria's newest international ski resort owing to the excellent snow conditions. It is being further developed with additional ski runs for application to host the winter olympics in 2012.

Bansko contains many cultural sites and museums in the old town, and as such, is now listed as a World Heritage site. The Church of the Holy Trinity to the right is the largest and richest in mural paintings in the Pirin mountains region. Its tower and belfry are the symbol and pride of Bansko.

Lively apres ski results from a unique combination of a well developed mountain resort and a living historical town. The traditional Bansko taverns, called "Mehana", (there are reportedly over 350 in and around Bansko) with their exceptional charm and style, offer local atmosphere with excellent local cuisine and good selection of Bulgarian wines. You can often here live folk music. Discos and night clubs work without time limit, and usually close early in the morning. A pint of beer is around 50p, and a meal for 2 is around 10 pounds.

Church of Holy Trinity

The Bulgarian currency is in Leva. Some visitors bring Euros to change or you can change sterling into Leva upon arrival. Airport exchange can be expensive but there are banks and cash machines in Bansko where you can get better rates. You can normally withdraw around 400 Leva a day from a cash machine.