is situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains and it’s the most famous Bulgarian ski resort. The resort has grown significantly over the last 10 years and is currently is among Daily Mirror’s top ten winter destinations in the world. Bansko is easily reached from Sofia Airport for about 2 hours by car. Bansko ski resort is attractive in all seasons and has everything you need for a fun-holiday at affordable prices. Bansko ski resort is attractive in all seasons. It provides excellent ski and snowboard facilities, a unique history, and architecture combined with ultimate relaxation and enjoyment.
Each year in August, The International Jazz Festival takes places in Bansko. This is the biggest summer musical event in Bulgaria and one of the foremost international cultural happenings in the Balkans. The quaint old town of Bansko becomes a meeting place for emblematic figures of today’s music world. The concerts are free for the public and the festival is organised with the aid of sponsors. Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends. The evening concerts draw huge crowds to the open-air stage on Nikola Vaptsarov Square in downtown Bansko. Throughout the festival, week jazz is also played during the day and late at night on various smaller stages in the large resort bars and restaurants.
Banya village is laying only 6 km to the north of the ski resort of Bansko.
Banya was settled by the Thracians around the 4th century BC because of its thermal springs. Its mineral water source at a temperature ranging between 37 and 57 °C is used for spa and recreation. The village is currently undergoing massive development into a spa and mountain resort. It offers new hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities emerging each season.
An old Turkish hammam still stands in the village to remind of its history. Archaeological discoveries in the region tell the stories of Thracians, Celts and Slavs who have left their footprint on the local culture and traditions. Banya hosts eleven houses, pronounced to be monuments of the various architectural styles. They are typical for the region.