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Free hiking

Jul 09, 2012 2 Comments by

Hiking in the Pirin mountains, for free. It’s as free as the air we breath. The Pirin mountains (see wikipedia link) impresses Bansko skiers and snow boarders — but it is the summer season that sees most of the hiking activity in the UNESCO designated Pirin National Park. An outdoor playground of some 403 km2. Read [...]

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The Essential Guide to Bansko

Mar 30, 2012 15 Comments by

It’s now out. Ready for free download. The new Essential Guide to Bansko E-Guide. 71 pages of  tips and info to help transform your Bansko experience, in both summer and winter seasons. Like many Bansko businesses, here at Bansko Blog I receive emails from both regular and new Bansko visitors wanting to know Bansko tourist information. Firstly, I [...]

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Skopje and Lake Ohrid Discovered

Sep 26, 2011 2 Comments by

Back from my Skopje and Lake Ohrid travels, and it is difficult writing this to know where to start. The Republic of Macedonia, often still referred to as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia see wikipedia, has left me feeling intrigued and eager to share some of the delights of the capital, Skopje, and Lake Ohrid. Bansko, Bulgaria [...]

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Vitosha Paragliding

Sep 22, 2011 No Comments by

Vitosha mountain dominates the Sofia skyline, and the fine weather, up until the rain this week, saw me taking time off to play in the sky. With the two person chair lift above Dragalevtsi taking both weekend hikers and paragliders right up to the tree line, this is the place to go on a fine [...]

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Mountain Biking Video: My Road To Nowhere

Aug 02, 2011 6 Comments by

My mountain bike ride on Saturday’s Bansko MTB rally “The Road To Nowhere” did not start well. The mountain bike I had borrowed for the event seemed okayish – but I had not had time to test it properly. Mistake number two – the previous evening. Beers and a fine Melnik red wine from Uniquato [...]

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Bansko Mountain Bike Rally 2011: The Road To Nowhere

Jul 22, 2011 2 Comments by

Mountain Biking in the Pirin is Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, with registration open on Friday 29th July. For the first mountain bike event I spoke to James Hughes who gave his views on the event, summer tourism and Bansko generally. This year the mtb rally follows the format of last year. Once again, [...]

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Ski Season Starts On 11th December 2010 — Vanya’s Non Skiing Guide

Dec 02, 2010 No Comments

This year’s Bansko ski season in will be officially opened on December 11th. As usual, a spectacular opening ceremony is expected.  A parallel slalom race with former ski legends, among whom Marc Girardeli, Luke Alphand, Andreas Wenzel, Maria Valizer, and Petar Popangelov is planned for 12.30 at the Alberto Tomba run — and there will [...]

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