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The small mountain town of Bansko lies just below the jagged peaks of the Pirin Mountains. It was founded in the 9th century, but remained obscure until the 19th century, when its prospering merchants began to fund the building of churches here. As the birthplace of Neofit Rilski, the town is also closely associated with Bulgarian nationalism.

Another of its famous sons is Father Paisii (1722–73), whose Slavo-Bulgarian History was to provide the impetus for the beginnings of the National Revival.
Bansko’s historic centre consists of a labyrinth of cobbled streets running between high stone walls that conceal hefty 19th-century timber and stone houses. Its suburbs, which are mostly filled with new hotels and apartment complexes, reflect its more recent development into a prosperous ski resort and weekend retreat.

The Pirin resort of Bankso is another one of the most popular resorts in the country. It is located in southwest Bulgaria, 160 km from Sofia and 57 km away from Blagoevgrad. Besides offering modern conditions for sporting activities, Bansko is a beautiful town which has preserved its authentic charm and historic heritage.

In Bankso there is snow cover from December to April and most trails are equipped with snowmaking facilities. The ski zone of the resort provides very good conditions both for beginners and for advanced skiers as well as snowboarders. The best challenge of ski centre Bansko is the Tomba Trail – the most attractive and difficult trail of the resort. It was tested by its namesake – the legend Alberto Tomba, and also by other winter sport stars, among whom Franz Klammer, Rosi Mittermaier and Marc Girardelli. The ski centre also offers a fabulous 7-km ski trail equipped with snowmaking machines and lighting, which connects the high parts of the resort with the town of Bansko.

The fact that races of the Alpine Ski World Cup circuit are held here is proof of the high quality of Bansko as a ski resort. Bansko hosted the event early in 2009. The World Cup brought some top skiers to Bulgaria, among whom were Lindsey Vonn, Anja Parson and Tina Maze.

Bansko attracts Bulgarian and foreign tourists all year round. The clean mountain air, the perfectly maintained ski tracks and the modern relaxation facilities provided in first-rate hotels gain new friends every year.





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