- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 5
- Nightlife 5
Pros: Great slopes, fast lifts, friendly locals and lovely chalet hosts
Cons: Doesnt have Euros even though it's in the EU, crazy drivers and a festival!
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2010
We had a great time in Bansko - with a mixed group of beginners and intermediates it was an excellent choice. The beginners had lessons with Ski Mania every morning and we all met up for lunch. Basil was a great instructor and we were able to book some private lessons later in the week too - the school was very flexible. Our group classes looked much smaller than the offical ski school of the mountain though.
The transfer took about 2.5 hours from the airport and our driver was very good, we did see a few crazy over-takers on the road though.
On the mountain the food was a bit hit and miss, the private 'shack' places rather than the smarter looking places seemed to be better quality, except for the top restaurant (which has a goat model when you walk in) which did an amazing moussaka.
We stayed in Chalet Diana which was lovely - huge bedrooms, we could have danced in them. The food was fantastic, we had Ozzie chefs who made sure we had second helpings of everything. They had an award for the cooking and deserved it - really good food.
They use Levs there rather than the Euro which is probably why it is still so cheap - so dont bather taking euros out there, they are not useful! Loads of cash machines which we had no problems using and also easy to change UK money at the bank and get a good exchange rate.
Was pleasantly surprised buy Bulgaria, thought it was just going to be a cheapie and only good for the beginners but it was a really great holiday and we all enjoyed it (even those of us who ended up very bruised).