in Bansko, Bulgaria. Available
- Ideal for skiing and mountain
- Great location close to the
Gondola ski lift
- Close to delightful historic
- Bulgarias' premier ski resort
- Exceptional value for money
Bansko is a beautiful resort
all year round. Offering:-
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- White water rafting
- Golf - Ian Woosenham
course 3 miles away
- Pirin National Park
- a unesco world heritage site.
Food & drink
It is extremely easy to eat well and for a very reasonable price – all
There are about 100 traditional ‘Mehanas’ (Bulgarian Taverns),
mainly in the old part of town, and many modern restaurants in the new end
of town nearer the ski lift.
‘Mehanas’: Often you will find that Mehanas have been created
from old family homes and the owner is also your waiter – therefore,
they are proud to present their dishes and happy to recommend a menu for you.
The menus are nearly always translated into English but be careful ….
the translations can be a little misleading on occasion! However, we have
never had a bad meal and have found that the Mehanas are very child-friendly
and welcoming. It is worth noting that the Bulgarians will not necessarily
serve the entire meal at the same time – you may find your vegetables
arriving and then the rest of your main course a little later! However, they
are happy to accommodate your requests if you make it clear when ordering.
It is also worth noting that the Bulgarians traditionally serve food at luke-warm
temperature – although we have noticed this changing as more western
European influences appear. Meals can cost as little as £7 (14 Bulgarian
Lev or €7) per head, with a pint of beer at approx £1.50 and an
excellent choice of Bulgarian Merlot and Cabinet Sauvignon wines. The local
drink is ‘Rakiya’ – beware!! Naturally, meals are more expensive
within the Hotels where an impressive, fine dining selection may be also found.
Local dishes include the ‘Sache’ which is a sizzling stone plate
brought to your table with meat, vegetables and spices – often shared
by 2. Also the ‘Kapama’ and ‘Banski Starets’. Meat
is often pork but chicken is nearly always available too.
To walk to the old town take the
road bridge across the river and after about 300m turn left at traffic lights
into Pirin Street and keep walking! After a few hundred metres you will start
to see Mehanas both sides of the road, often with a Bulgarian trying to entice
you in! About half a mile down Pirin Street there is a square with a monument
and statue. You will find more Mehanas down the cobbled streets to the right
of the square, or if you continue down Pirin Street to the left hand side
of the square you will come to another bigger square with more Mehanas. We
have eaten at the small Mehana on the left just before the main square and
the food was good and great value.
The nearest to Cedar Lodge is on the top floor of the Shopping Mall. If you
cross the road bridge there is a very reasonably priced Italian on the left
(recommended). Continue to the traffic lights and there is another Italian
on the right corner (not recommended!) and a Greek restaurant on the opposite
corner (recommended!). Turn right at the traffic lights and opposite the Kempinski
hotel is Victorias’ (recommended). Please note these recommendations
are from our own personal experience last year, but restaurants can change
hands so they may be completely different now!
SHOPPING IN BANSKO
There is a shopping Mall nearby. Turn left out of reception and it’s
about 300m on the left opposite the road bridge.
More shops in Pirin Street. Take the road bridge across the river and after
about 300m turn left at traffic lights into Pirin Street.
There are many different kinds of shops in Bansko – from the old, traditional
gift and trinket shops to modern supermarkets and banks. The shops are spread
out all over town so you will be able to shop as near, or as far, from your
apartment as you wish! There is also a selection of ski related shops adjacent
to Cedar Lodge where Rossignol ski equipment may be purchased and you will
also find Salomon, Atomic, Burton, North Face and Quicksilver in town. Many
of the craft shops contain traditional wood items as well as some items that
may prove difficult to take home such as a selection of knives and ornamental
guns! There is a selection of traditional knitwear on sale as well as the
normal Bulgarian trinkets, bracelets and china. You will also see older ladies
selling knitted items in the town square. You are also able to purchase popular
branded clothing such as Diesel, Von Dutch, Levi, Adidas and Nike. The number
of English-speaking shop workers is increasing and they sometimes try very
hard to appear helpful which can appear pushy to some. However, they are genuinely
happy to help you and will often negotiate on price so it is worth a try if
you are spending a fair amount!
The nearest food shop is about 50m. Turn left out of reception.
For a bigger supermarket take the road bridge across the river and after about
300m turn left at traffic lights into Pirin Street and it is on the left after
Bansko is alive with history (starting from 100BC!), beautiful architecture
and tradition – combined with all the shops, Mehanas (local taverns)
and entertainment that you could want. The town square is approximately 15
minutes walk from the Apartments where many of these can be found and you
will walk down Pirin Street, which also offers traditional and modern shops,
supermarkets, ski shops, banks and Post Offices. The unique combination of
a well developed mountain resort and a living historical town turns it into
an elegant place for entertainment. Virtually every house has its own story
to tell, which indeed can turn your vacation into a journey to the Bulgarian
traditions. The traditional Bansko taverns (called "Mehana"), with
their exceptional charm and style offer local atmosphere by their cuisine
and good selection of Bulgarian wines. Most of the local "Mehanas"
even offer live folk music. Many local cafes and bars offer refreshments.
Discos and night clubs work without time limit, and usually close early in
During the ski season, there is no shortage of ‘Apres Ski’ to
suit all tastes. The ‘Happy End’ bar is just at the base of the
Gondola and you can relax there with a drink or a coffee after coming down
from the slopes. This becomes a busy night-time bar in the evenings. If you
prefer a quieter evening, there are countless Mehanas where you are welcome
to come in and have a drink or a coffee and children are also welcome.
If you fancy a night at the Casino whilst in Bansko, there are now two –
one at the ‘Strazhite Hotel’ opposite the Lion Bar on the main
road from the Gondola and the other half way down Pirin Street on the right
as you walk to the town centre. You can play Roulette, Black Jack, Poker and
a selection of Fruit Machines.
This is again at the ‘Strazhite Hotel’ next to the Casino. There
are also pool tables, a bar/café and mini arcade machines and is suitable
for children of all ages. The lanes are not full sized but are neon-lit which
adds to the fun of playing to the lights!
Ice Skating Rink
This rink was new in 2008 and is an amazing, new, state of the art rink for
all abilities and with a large amount of arena seating. It is situated about
10 minutes walk from Cedar Lodge.