In recent years, the town has gained international popularity
as a pop and jazz scene after the start of the annual Bansko Jazz Festival
and consequently the annual Bansko pop-star concert featuring top pop stars.
Next year the Bansko Jazz Festival is 8-13th Aug 2013.
Other local activities include: Mountain biking, Golf, white
water rafting, horse riding, mountain walking, and fishing.
South of Bansko is the National Park Pirin, which is included in the UNESCO
list for cultural and natural sightseeing. The park is rich with lakes, waterfalls,
caves, venerable trees and historical sites.
There are many short walks from Bansko itself through the woods and in the
lower mountains or to local lakes and past tiny chapels and other places of
religious or historical interest.
The gondola operates during the day in the summer months, offering access
up the mountain to many walks or take a taxi ride to one of the mountain huts
and plan your walks from there. There are walking maps readily available in
Bansko but the main trails are well marked.