Top 10 summer activities to do in Bansko

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments by
gondola lift

Make sure you know the gondola lift times! (picture taken June 2012)

Bansko in the summer season. As we heard in Jonathan Allen’s recent audio interview  part 2, hiking is one of the things he enjoys to do in Bansko. I would also recommend listening to my recent podcast conversation with two hoteliers on Bansko’s summer activities.

So with temperatures rising the Bulgaria summer has now arrived and I take a look at my top 10 activities to do in Bansko; albeit little later than most years. Keep an eye o the weather, as there still will be some rain showers.

Bansko Blog takes bookings for most summer activities and I specialise in tailoring the right schedule for you.

We are all different and like a different mix of exercise, culture and relaxing.

My Top 10 summer activities does exclude many other great things to do and places to see. But,whatever you fancy, contact me and I and the team will put together a programme that suits you and your family.


1.  Mountain hiking

Bansko is not Bansko without the Pirin mountains. Take the gondola lift and walk up to Vihren hut or drive up and park and start you hike up to the lakes. Take a picnic and enjoy the stunning scenery. Or take the lift above Dobrinishte and hike Bezbog region. Hiking tours €30 per person. Click here for more info published here on hiking in the Pirin.

To book hiking tours CONTACT me


Bansko activities

Picture taken July 2012

2.  Rila Monastery

Allow a full day to make the most. This tour is in the top 3 sights to see in the whole of Bulgaria and should not be missed. €30 per person.

To book Rila Monastry tours CONTACT me


3.  Belitsa Bear Park

Hire a car in Bansko €30. Spend the day in this most special of areas. The bumpy drive is worth it. Nice place to have lunch and soak up the views. Your children will thank you for this one


4.  Horse back riding

A perfect family activity. Lap up the views in this peaceful setting. €25 per person for one hour. €40 per person for two hours.

To horse back hiking CONTACT me.


5.  Leschten and Kovachevitsa tour

Always popular for experiencing authentic rural beautifully preserved villages €35 per person.

To horse village tour CONTACT me.


6.  Melnik wine tour

This ever popular tour is one of my personal favourites trips from Bansko. Because not only is the wine tasting good fun, but the sandstone geographical formations around this village are simply stunning. Almost unwordly. All the family will enjoy this one. €35 per person.

To book the Melnik wine tour CONTACT me.


7. Mountain bike tour

Many options for both MTB and road biking. Tours from €50 depending on length and numbers. Bike hire available.

To book mountain/road bike tour and hire options  CONTACT me.


8.   White water Rafting

Always a favourite. This year with the late rain this will be good until early August. All equipment supplied and safety instruction and guide.

To book white water rafting CONTACT me.


9.  Plovdiv tour

Whilst it’s a journey away (say 2.5 hours). This is both mine and Jonathan Allen’s favourite city. I spend a lot of time here due to family and never tire of the place. So much to see. Great events in Roman amphitheatre. €price depends on schedule and vehicle size. Or hire a car.

To hire a car CONTACT me.


10.  Attend an event

Last, but certainly not least, is be sure to attend an event. Here are my favourites this summer

  • Theatre Fest 1st to 7th July: The summer theatre festival aims to present the most interesting plays during the year with the best Bulgarian actors
  • “Road To Nowhere” mountain bike race July 26th and 27th. For all abilities.
  • Beer Fest (at Bansko Royal Towers) 2nd August and 9th August. More info and podcast with organiser
  • Bansko Jazz Festival 8th to 13th August


Thank you for reading and be sure to subscribe for my free E-Guide “The Essential Guide To Bansko” and newsletter. Need more info on activities? Then please CONTACT me.

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I enjoy tech, apps, entrepreneurship, podcasting and collaboration with others. I love travelling as well as skiing, hiking, MTB, paragliding, cooking and good food.
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