Bansko – A Mix of Ancient History and Modern Style

Bansko is a rare combination of immensely beautiful landscapes and Bulgarian national revival atmosphere. Guests of the town have the privilege to experience the pure authenticity and the unique culture of the town. Throughout the entire year, the resort offers opportunities for mountain and wellness tourism.

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    Pirin National Park

    Pirin National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site within close proximity to Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko. The national park was established in 1962 and received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. Pirin National Park covers around 40,000 ha and gives tourists an amazing opportunity to discover Bulgaria’s natural beauty. Climb the mountain and enjoy a unique and breathtaking view over the valley or fall in love with the untouched nature at the famous Pirin National Park.

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    Along with the beautiful Pirin Mountains, the town of Bansko offers many sites connected with the history of the dwelling, as well as numerous spots of natural beauty. Just a few of the places that must be seen are the Bell Tower, the museum-houses of Neofit Rilski and Nikola Vaptsarov, the Velyanova House Museum, the monument of Saint Paisius of Hilendar and many more.

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    Holy Trinity Church

    The “Holy Trinity” Compound Temple is one of the greatest historic and cultural landmarks of the town of Bansko. The church presents a masterpiece of beautiful synthesis between architectural space, woodcarving, frescos and icons. Its impressive silhouette is in perfect harmony with the 30 m high bell tower built in close proximity.

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    Lake “Okoto”

    There are 186 lakes in the Pirin Mountais and Lake “Okoto” (The Eye) is one of the most impressive. It is the closest lake to the hotel and is relatively easy to access thanks to a mountain road. This glacial lake has its deepest point at an impressive 5.4 m. Lake “Okoto” provides ideal conditions for a summer picnic outing from Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko!

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    Baykushev’s Pine

    The oldest coniferous tree in Bulgaria is situated in the Pirin Mountains. It is approximately 1,300-years-old. Baikushev's Pine is named after Mr Kostadin Baikushev, the forester who discovered it. Don’t miss out on visiting this famous tree during your stay at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko.

  • Golf


    Grab your clubs and head on down for a round of golf amidst the pristine Pirin nature!

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    Ski activities

    It is no surprise that Bansko is known as the winter capital of the Balkans. The ski resort offers excellent slopes and unrivalled opportunities for skiing and snowboarding during the winter. Come and experience it for yourself!