The newest Bulgarian winter resort, recently discovered by the foreign tourists, Bansko provides an interesting combination between the virgin nature of the Pirin Mountains and the atmosphere of the ancient Bulgarian small town. It is 160 km away from Sofia. Bansko is situated in southwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of one of the most beautiful Bulgarian mountains - Pirin - a National Reserve included in the World Natural Heritage list It is one of the shiniest jewels in Bulgaria's crown, offering skiing for all abilities in winter and superb hiking in summer.
Today’s administrative centre of Bansko municipality is located in the place of a settlement that was inhabited in succession by Thracians, Romans, Byzantines and Slavs. The remains of ancient fortresses, Thracian tumuli, medieval colonies, consecrated grounds, churches and chapels within the town earthwork testify to several historical epochs. In the Old Town site, about 4 km southwest from the town and in the Yulen site (along the river Damianitsa downstream) there are some remains of ancient fortresses. Thracian burial mounds were discovered close to the Old Town site. The remains of the late mediaeval single-nave St. George and St. Elijah churches, monuments of culture, are to the southeast of Bansko.
The church St. Trinity is a masterpiece of architecture with the ensemble of old buildings of the same name beside it. Lazar Guerman, a well-known tradesman from Bansko, is an initiator and contributor for its construction. The House-museum of Neofit Rilski is an interesting the monument of culture. He was born in 1793, and was a patriarch of the Bulgarian education and enlightenment. He studied icon-painting and his teacher was Toma Vishanov – Molera. Later in the Rila Monastery he became a monk.
The basic type of transport that connects the town to the rest of the country is the bus transport. There are regular bus lines to Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Gotse Delchev and Razlog.
The most impressive one of the surroundings of Bansko is the legendary Pirin Mountain. The biggest part of tourist flow heading for the mountain goes through the town. 6 km south of Bansko is the village of Dobrinishte. It is one of the largest villages in the country with a population of over 3 000 inhabitants. There are 17 mineral springs with water temperature between 30 and 43 degrees C. Pirin National Park is south of Bansko. The localities of Chalin Valog, Todorova Ornitsa, Demyanishka Polyana, Shiligarnika and the chalets of Vihren, Demyanitsa, Bunderitsa, Gotse Delchev and Bezbog offer wonderful conditions for summer and winter tourism and recreation with ski-lifts and rope-lines.