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Bansko

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Meet Bansko

A small mountain town set within one of Bulgaria’s most stunning national parks, Bansko is a highly affordable and yet relatively unknown digital nomad paradise.

Bansko is most well-known as Bulgaria’s prime ski resort that can rival the likes of France and Switzerland for a fraction of the cost. Set within Pirin National Park, there are truly few more beautiful settings to base yourself for a few months. The town has been inhabited since at least Roman times and contains plenty of medieval remains that makes it perfect for history-lovers. At the same time, it’s grown into a modern and fully-equipped town that is becoming a haven for the digital nomad community. Nomads love the fresh air and outdoor activities that this small mountain town can offer. Unlike other ski resorts, it’s incredibly affordable, as is every Bulgarian town and city. Despite its seemingly mountainous and remote location, Bansko is well-connected to other cities like Sofia by a direct bus service. This is a globally connected city with plenty of English spoken and a welcoming attitude towards foreigners.

Where to live in Bansko

Bulgaria is the EU’s cheapest country in terms of living costs, meaning that you can afford to be picky about where you live. Nevertheless, in Bansko, you don’t have to be. There are no particularly dangerous areas or places to avoid. You’ll find that the whole town is welcoming and each neighborhood is connected to each other. Instead, try to find a home with the best views. That will make for the best experience while in Bansko.

Best Neighborhoods in Bansko

Many people will want to live as close to the Old Town as possible. This is where you’ll find a large number of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as the major tourist attractions. For most visitors, this offers a convenient way of life. If you find a place nearer to the suburbs, you’ll have a quieter living environment free from tourists. You’ll also have easy access to the mountains, especially if you live near a ski lift. Bansko is so small, though, that you should spend more time thinking about the quality of the property itself than where it’s located.

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We've been rounded up the best housing options in Bansko. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

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Quick Facts About Bansko

Bansko is a fascinating and somewhat unique town. It’s historical, yet modern; low in resident numbers, yet hugely popular with tourists. If you’re trying to wrap your head around this place, then it helps to learn some facts about it. What makes Bansko different from other Bulgarian towns? This list of quick facts is here to help you get to know the town a little better.
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Work in Bansko

Jobs for English speakers in Bansko generally revolve around the tourist industry. If you’re a keen skier or mountain climber, you might be able to land a job in this area. Alternatively, you could work in one of the bars or restaurants. Bansko became economically successful due to this emergence as a top tourist destination. However, the influx of digital nomads has meant there’s been a rise in tech startup jobs. This includes top digital marketing employers such as Idea Studio and Luau Group.

How good is Bansko for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Bansko. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Bansko for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Bansko

Bulgaria is famous for having high-quality vegetables and dairy products, many of which can be found in Bansko. For traditional Bulgarian cuisine, try booking a table at Chevermeto or Zehtindjieva Kashta. Then there are a number of dishes unique to the town of Bansko itself, including Banski Starec cold cut, Chomlek, Skewers, Kapama, Sache. If you don’t know what any of that is, don’t worry. You’ll soon become familiar with it. Being a town with plenty of tourists and ex-pats, you’ll find a global food selection when in Bansko. There’s the Queen’s Pub, which offers a wide selection of food from around the world, as well as the Smokey Mountain Bar & Grill that specializes in hearty barbecue dishes to keep you warm in the winter. There’s also plenty of Italian restaurants and Irish pubs. In Bansko, you certainly don’t have to worry about a lack of choice. When it comes to drinking, Bulgarians - like the rest of the Balkan states - favor rakia. This is a kind of strong brandy with a fruity grape or plum flavor. You’ll likely meet locals who have brewed their own, claiming that it’s far better than what you’ll find in the stores. If that’s not to your taste, though, Bulgaria has a wonderful selection of locally-made wines and beers.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Bansko

Bansko is a town for nature-lovers so find an outdoor activity that you feel comfortable doing. In winter, this probably involves skiing and bathing in thermal pools while the summer months are reserved for hiking and horseback riding in the mountain trails. There are also plenty of other tourist attractions including the Rila Monastery and the House Museum of Nikola Vaptsarov. Outside of motorcycle tours and helicopter rides, find time to discover the fascinating culture and traditions of the Bulgarian people. Lose yourself in the ancient history of this increasingly modern Bulgarian mountain town.

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Baikushev's pine

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Banderishka meadow

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