Things to do in Blagoevgrad Province

Our most recommended things to do in Blagoevgrad Province

Bansko: Thermal Pool Escape

1. Bansko: Thermal Pool Escape

Located in the village of Banya, these thermal pools are only a 15-minute ride away from Bansko. The mineral thermal pools are open daily at 11:00AM in the morning. Your experience will begin as you depart from the rental shop at a time of your choosing (after 10:30AM). At your disposal are 3 pools with natural mineral water from the nearby thermal springs: Thermal pool number 1: the big main pool where the water isn’t unbearably hot and great for swimming; Thermal pool number 2: a smaller pool which is shallow and warmer where your children can safely enjoy the benefits of mineral water and those of you who cannot swim can comfortably relax; Thermal pool number 3: a really hot pool, where the water temperature is well over 40 degrees Celsius, but at the same time nice (and not to mention healthy) There are changing rooms right next to the pool and a restaurant at your disposal, and at the conclusion of your experienced you will be returned to your point of origin.

From Bansko: Horse Riding Experience

2. From Bansko: Horse Riding Experience

Start your day of adventure by arriving at the meeting location at your selected time slot. Upon arrival, enjoy a pleasant meet and greet with the local staff who will direct you to your drive. After a scenic, 15-minute drive to the nearby small town of Dobrinishte, you'll arrive at the horse ranch where you'll meet your instructor for this experience. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, this tour is perfect for you. For beginners, you'll learn the basics of horse riding and ride in a closed field. If you are more experienced at horse riding, you can explore the countryside with your instructor. When you complete the activity, you'll be driven back to Bansko, returned safely to the original starting location.

Sofia: Bansko Shuttle Transfer from/to Sofia Airport

3. Sofia: Bansko Shuttle Transfer from/to Sofia Airport

After arriving to the airport, you will be collected from either terminal 1 or 2. After going through passport control and baggage claim, please look for your representative holding a sign with your name on it. If you have booked a private transfer option, your driver will take you to your car for a comfortable journey to Bansko Resort. With the shared-shuttle option you may need to wait up to 60 minutes for the other passengers sharing the ride with you. The shuttle is a door-to-door service, but there could be up to 5 stops before yours including a quick 5-minute break at a ski shop. For departure transfers, you will be collected from your hotel within the Bansko resort area. If you have booked a private option your driver will meet you at the reception/lobby of your hotel or street level for other accommodation before taking you to your car for a comfortable transfer to Sofia Airport. For the shared option, once all passengers have been collected you will be taken directly to Sofia Airport Terminal 1 and 2.

Bansko: Traditional Folklore Experience

4. Bansko: Traditional Folklore Experience

You'll begin by arriving to the meeting point, where you'll meet your driver and board your vehicle. Following a 25-minute drive, you'll arrive to the nearby small village of Gorno Draglishte. This village is a place filled with history, tradition, and culture. The starting point of your activity is the guest house of Deshka, where you'll be greeted by the cheerful and energetic babi (grandmothers). You will then participate in traditional local dances, weave a razboi, and dress in traditional local nosii (folk costumes). There's going to be plenty of traditional local dishes to eat, which will guarantee you won't stay hungry. There's also going to be locally brewed rakia, which is a traditional Bulgarian alcoholic drink.

Musala Peak, Rila Mountains: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Sofia

5. Musala Peak, Rila Mountains: Full-Day Hiking Tour from Sofia

The majestic heights of the Balkans await you on this hiking day-tour to Musala Peak; the pinnacle of the Rila mountain range with its 2925-meter (9596 feet) summit, 6th highest in Europe. Wander a path leading above deep gorges, past 150 crystal-clear glacial lakes, in a panorama of crests extending before you like a stormy seascape. Starting the day early from Sofia, transfer to the famous Borovets Resort, and ride the gondola lift to neighboring Yastrabets summit. From here the hike begins as the path leads towards Musala Peak via stops at the Musala chalet, and Ledeno Ezero(icy lake) mountain shelter, and onto the last stage of the trek to Musala Peak. Rest and take in the surroundings before returning on the same route. Witness the breathtaking mountain panoramas, and pristine lakes on this moderate difficulty hike; for anyone in good physical condition with a passion for supurb vistas.

Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

6. Sofia: Pirin National Park Hike & Bansko Visit with Lunch

Hike to admire Banderishki Lakes and see the highest peak of the mountain, Vihren. Go down to the biggest ski resort in Bulgaria, Bansko, to tuck into a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Take a guided walk in the historical part of the town and learn about the history and architecture of the Revival period. At 8:00 AM, be picked by your guide from your accommodation in Sofia. Enjoy a 2-hour drive on a very beautiful scenic road. See the highest mountain on the Balkans—Rila Mountain—on the way. Then, reach the starting point of your hike, Vihren hut. The hiking takes approximately 3.5 hours in both directions, during which you pass by 3 of the Banderishki Lakes. When back in your vehicle, head towards Bansko Ski resort, just 15 minutes from the parking. Upon coming down from the mountain, relax in Bansko, nestled in a valley. Have a Bulgarian lunch in the heart of the historical part of Bansko. Afterward, join a 30-minute walking tour of the place. Be introduced to the local Revival period architecture. Learn about the beginning of the Revival period in the 18th century. At around 04:30 PM, start your journey back to Sofia. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

From Bansko: Rila Monastery Half-Day Tour

7. From Bansko: Rila Monastery Half-Day Tour

Meet your driver in Bansko and board the air-conditioned vehicle to travel to Rila Monastery. Relax during the 1.5-hour drive as you admire the beautiful Bulgarian landscape. Arrive at the monastery at approximately 3 PM, giving you plenty of time to explore the complex inside and out. Admire its balconies and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostasis and enjoy the fabulous mountain views. Stop at one of the 2 restaurants in the complex to have something to eat or drink. Take the opportunity to discover more at the museum, or purchase souvenir icons and other items in the nearby shops. The departure time from Rila Monastery will be between 5 and 5:30 PM. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Bansko.

Bansko: Rare Bulgarian Pets Experience

8. Bansko: Rare Bulgarian Pets Experience

During a special 3-hour guided experience, discover rare breeds of domestic Bulgarian animals that have been rescued by animal welfare enthusiasts. Get introduced to these creatures by a local expert guide. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the association has been working to save the authentic Karakachan dog and two other breeds of Karakachans (the sheep and the horse), all of which were on the brink of extinction during the socialist rule of Bulgaria.  Learn all about these lovely creatures: how they should be cared for and what makes them special. Hear about their history, their unique nature, and their breeding habits. Take part in a fun photo session with these furry creatures and snack on some delicious organic food from the region.

Bansko: Guided Pirin Mountains 4x4 Tour and Thermal Baths

9. Bansko: Guided Pirin Mountains 4x4 Tour and Thermal Baths

Journey to the outskirts of Bansko mountain resort, situated at the foot of the UNESCO listed Pirin National Park, where you will partake in a tour of the mountains with a local guide. Visit the St. Nikola archeological complex and the “Nameless Settlement”, dating back to the end of the II century AD, enjoy lunch at a restaurant with own Balkan trout fish farm situated at the shore of a picturesque mountain lake and relax deeply at the end of the tour in the thermal spas fed by hot spring waters in Banya, or Dobrinishte village.

Bansko: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

10. Bansko: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Тake a two-hour walking journey throughout Bansko's historical district. Absorb the culture while reliving the lifestyle of the 18th century. By exploring the hidden corners of the Old Town, you will explore its history, legends, and the unique architecture of its fortified houses. Experience daily life in the Old Town, feel the spirit of the past, and dive into the local cuisine by hearing about local recipes shared from generation to generation. Admire the hand-painted murals of the Holy Trinity Church to discover the local art of Bansko. Learn about the first days of Bansko's history as a ski resort and how it reached the popularity of today, while finishing up the tour at the newest pedestrian street in the town.

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What people are saying about Blagoevgrad Province

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 30 reviews

It was an amazing experience, definitely recommend it. Despite not great weather conditions we had a great time. Our guide Georgi was quiet knowledgeable and had the patience to answer all our queries. We explored many lakes and the beautiful Bansko, but unfortunately the town was quite, due to off season, however our guide gave us a tour around the town and it was nice to walk around.

Everything went smoothly, all staff were very nice, great to see how all the animals are well kept. And you could see the relationship between the owners and horses . Great break from skiing, with beautiful views ♥️

Me and my mum had the best day with our guide, Ivo. He was so lovely and answered any and all of our questions. A super day, with a super guide :)

It was very cool and very beautiful! I am very grateful to the organizers and I recommend it to everyone!

Really good place to go definitely worth the trip would advice anyone to take a trip