Bansko is one of the economical and administrative centres of south-west Bulgaria, located 160 km. away from Bulgaria’s capital – Sofia and about 50 km. away from the national border with Greece. The town is situated 925m. above the sea level on the banks of the Glazne river. It is precisely this altitude that makes Bansko an ideal place for living and an all-seasons resort.
As Bansko has the statute of a national resort, the town and the surrounding area has good infrastructure and connecting routes with other parts of the country. Two national roads, connected with international highways pass through the city. There are regular bus lines and railway services as well.
The local population of Bansko is about 9 000 people, but during holidays and the winter season this number doubles due to the flow of Bulgarian and foreign tourists. The town has many public services such as banks, schools, kindergartens, health services, etc.
Many sport events are held in Bansko during the winter season: Pirin Cup, National Snowboard Championships, Balkan Open Cup and National Championship in Alpine skiing. In addition, mountain hiking and biking or extreme sport experiences like river-canoeing are practiced here during summer.
Many music festivals with diverse programs take place in Bansko during summer time and the autumn season. The most popular among them are Pirin Folk and The International Jazz Festival. Over the last 10 years, Bansko has won recognition as one of the leading winter centres in Bulgaria. The city has the highest dynamics of private investments in the tourist and residence sector. The tendency of the development business is to build up sites, that correspond to European standards in the quality and the variety of the offered services.