I’m happy to current a brand new Solo Journey Vacation spot Submit from Lia, a member of the Solo Journey Society on Fb. Lia is from Romania, and submitted the next report about her journey to Bansko, Bulgaria. Do you have got a solo journey vacation spot that you just wish to advocate? Submit your description right here, together with a couple of pictures, and share it with fellow vacationers!
Solo journey score: 1 (1 is best, three is most troublesome. Please see chart under)
Languages spoken: Bulgarian, English
Prices at Vacation spot: Affordable (native transportation, eating, excursions, occasions, and sights)
Causes to Go to Bansko
If you’re an inexperienced skier and also you need to follow and have enjoyable on the slopes, then Bulgaria’s ski resort, Bansko, is the place to begin. I’m a newbie degree skier and for six days I began to grasp the artwork of snowboarding.
I didn’t analysis a lot earlier than heading to Bansko, however I heard good opinions from associates and folks on the web. One of the best time to go is both in February or March. Apparently, in March, even when it’s a off-season, you get contemporary snow. I went there in February. The climate was altering through the day, so you possibly can have heavy fog early within the morning and sunny blue sky at mid-day. It was a problem and I cherished it, as I may expertise snowboarding below completely different situations.
You will discover many ski/snowboard rental retailers close to the gondola, so be happy to decide on any of them. If you’re searching for ski classes, I warmly advocate Sankiy Ski College, simply 2 minutes from the gondola, with pleasant workers, skilled instructors (thanks Peter), and professionalism. I booked my ski classes prematurely on-line and Bobi, the supervisor was very useful and even purchased the ski move prematurely for me. They’ve tools for hire as nicely and I heard solely the perfect opinions earlier than deciding on a ski faculty. So, be trustful and look no additional.
The Gondola begins working at 9 am, however in excessive season it’s open beginning at eight am. The queue would possibly get lengthy, so right here is an inside tip: between 9 am-11 am, each day, in entrance of the gondola is a free bus shuttle that can carry you to the highest in roughly 10 minutes. You solely want a sound ticket or ski move. I’m undecided if many vacationers find out about it, as a result of they had been at all times queuing on the gondola, even ready 40 minutes in line.
The ski chairs are very nicely linked so you’ll be able to attain the slope you want and get to the highest (2600 meters) shortly. As soon as on the high the views are exceptional and breathtaking.
Blue, pink, and black slopes are nicely maintained with snow cannons at each nook making the snowboarding extra comfy.
The eating places on the slopes are fairly costly and never superb, however while you take the ski street to resolve the slopes, you’ll find 2 small eating places, the one ones on the left aspect, that are very cozy, with good meals, pleasant workers, pleasant vacationers and locals (largely the ski instructors, stopping to eat after ending their schedule). The locations are crowded however don’t be scared, as they serve the meals shortly and you’ll share the desk with different vacationers and locals alike, making it much more satisfying. I at all times like to fulfill new individuals and share experiences whereas touring solo.
You may have drinks and dinner within the middle of Bansko with a whole lot of bars and eating places to select from. Après-ski actions ought to positively embrace taking a heat, enjoyable mineral tub after a protracted day of snowboarding. If you happen to keep longer and have time in your fingers, go to the close by village of Banya, solely 5 km from Bansko, and loosen up in a thermal tub. I haven’t been there personally, however the locals advisable it to me.
To expertise conventional Bulgarian meals, select the native taverns known as Mexaha, and check out the Shopska salad (a typical salad of chopped cucumbers, onions, peppers, and tomatoes with white cheese), grilled meat, completely different sorts of sausages (Sujuk), moussaka (an eggplant or potato-based dish), or gyucetch (spicy vegetable stew). For the drinks, I like to recommend Mavrud, the native Bulgarian pink wine.
Tips on how to Get There from Sofia Worldwide Airport
From Sofia Worldwide Airport you’ll be able to hire a automotive, or prepare for a personal or shared switch to Bansko that takes round 2 hours, relying on the visitors. I discovered a European switch firm, Solar Transfers, that works with native Bulgarian corporations. That they had the perfect costs and choices for switch and had been very skilled. For one particular person, I paid 35 euros return. For a private switch from the lodge, the costs go up drastically, so for a personal switch by automotive, 2 individuals need to pay 70 euros a method.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to catch the general public bus from Sofia central bus station which prices 16 Lev per particular person to Bansko bus station and takes three hours.
When to Go
The gondola operates from December 15 – April 5, however February and March are the perfect occasions to go. In March, it normally snows, so no extra synthetic snow.
In comparison with Austrian ski resorts, Bulgarian ski holidays are cheaper. That doesn’t imply it is rather low cost although. For instance, a dinner begins at 30Lev (round 15 euros) per particular person for a salad, fundamental course, and a drink.
A ski move is round 23 euros/day and the ski tools could fluctuate a bit from one rental firm to a different. You will discover extra details about costs right here.
The place to Keep in Bansko
Relating to lodging, strive to decide on a lodge that’s near the gondola, even when all the lodges supply a free or low-cost shuttle bus, as a result of it will likely be simpler to go for a stroll and dinner within the middle within the night.
Solo Journey Vacation spot Ranking System
Security – 1 (1 very secure, 2 secure in most areas, three be cautious always.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English audio system simple to search out, three English audio system uncommon)
Navigation – 1 (1 simple to navigate by transit or automotive, 2 poor transit, automotive needed, three not simple to get round)
Tradition – 1 (1 Just like North America or Western Europe, 2 Completely different from above however relaxed and simple, three Difficult)
Common Ranking – 1 (1 is best, three is most troublesome)
Final up to date: 16th February, 2018