Welcome to Pirin Mountains


From Bansko’s southern edge spreads Pirin National Park (Unesco-listed in 1983), where 176 lakes glint among 400 sq km of fragrant pine forests and granite peaks. Fang-toothed predators make their home here – bears, wolves and jackals – but hikers are more likely to spot the park’s abundant birdlife: wall-creepers, peregrine falcons and four types of woodpecker number among 170 species seen here.

West of the park, along the well-maintained route E79 running south from Sofia, lies pleasant student town Blagoevgrad; further south, encircled by dramatic sandstone towers, is wine-producing tourist favourite Melnik.


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Pirin Mountains activities

$71.89 Tours & Sightseeing

Melnik and Rozhen Monastery

The smallest Bulgarian town Melnik offers an amazing scenery. The town is at the foot of a unique nature phenomena – the Melnik sand pyramids. In the year 1215, Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav. The ruins of his fortress near the town are preserved till the present days. The houses in Melnik date from the National Revival period, with their interesting and typical architecture.The region of Melnik is famous also with its specific sort of grape. The town is the perfect place for wine tasting, and there are numerous very special wine cellars in the area, where one can learn the history of the magic drink. Rozhen Monastery is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria. It’s one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries, well-preserved until today. The unique architecture of the monastery makes it a popular tourist destination. Enjoy this tour of the medieval Rozhen monastery, the picturesque town of Melnik and the best wines of this beautiful corner of Bulgaria.Itinerary: This tour starts from your hotel. After a 2.5-hour transfer, we will reach the town of Melnik for a 2-hour tour. Next is a visit to famous wine cellar for some wine tasting. After lunch there is a short transfer and visitation to the Rozhen monastery (1.5 hours). Transfer back to Sofia – the tour ends at your hotel.

$96.26 Day Trips & Excursions

Pirin Mountain, Melnik and Rozhen Monastery Full Day Tour from Bansko

You will be picked up from your hotel in Bansko at 9am and head straight to the Roshen Monastery. It is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria and one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries.After touring the monastery and admiring its unique architecture, continue to Melnik, one of Bulgaria's smallest yet most scenic towns. In 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav, and the ruins of his fortress can still be seen close to the town. In Melnik itself, you will have chance to admire the National Revival period buildings, enjoy views of the dramatic Melnik sand pyramids, and stop at a local wine cellar for a wine tasting. Your tour ends with drop-off at your accommodation in Bansko.

$113.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Bansko 4x4 Tour to Melnik with Wine Tasting and Monastery

The smallest Bulgarian town Melnik offers an amazing scenery. The town is at the foot of a unique nature phenomena – the Melnik sand pyramids. In the year 1215 Melnik emerged as a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexis Slav. The ruins of his fortress near the town, are preserved till the present days. The houses in Melnik date from the National Revival period, with their interesting and typical architecture. The region of Melnik is famous also with its specific sort of grape. The town is the perfect place for wine tasting – there are numerous very special wine cellars in the area, where one can learn the history of the magic drink. Rozhen Monastery is the biggest monastery in Pirin Mountains, in the southwest of Bulgaria. It’s one of the few medieval Bulgarian monasteries, well preserved until today. The unique architecture of the monastery makes it a popular tourist destination. Enjoy this tour of the medieval Rozhen monastery, the picturesque town of Melnik and the best wines of this beautiful corner of Bulgaria

$63.18 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Half-Day Pirin Mountain Tour from Bansko with BBQ Lunch

Your tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Bansko.Set out on the scenic drive to the Pirin Mountain, one of the highest in Bulgaria, and spend some time relaxing, hiking in the countryside or admiring the views. Then, sit down to tuck into a traditional Bulgarian BBQ lunch, gazing out over the mountain landscapes. After lunch, return to Bansko, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

$121.35 Day Trips & Excursions

Yagodinska Cave Tour from Bansko by Private Car

Meet a driver at your hotel in Bansko, then make the 80-mile (129-km.) trip to Yagodinska Cave in a private vehicle, passing great views of Ropi Mountain and the Rhodopes.Upon arrival at the cave, which stretches 6.5 miles (10.5 km.) into the hillside, you'll join a tour through the labyrinthine tunnels and formations, searching out the cave's most remarkable formations. Following your time at Yagodinska Cave, this tour concludes with return transfer to Bansko, and drop-off at your hotel. 

$104.44 Outdoor Activities

Pirin Mountain Fishing Trip from Bansko with Lunch

The tour will start from your hotel in Bansko at 09:00 am, from where you will be picked up. The transfer to the first stop for the fishing will take between 1 - 2 hours, from where will start the real adventure in the day - fishing with experienced fisherman.You will have the opportunity to enjoy to the scenery of the picturesque Pirin Mountain during the tour, which is the highest Mountain in Bulgaria.During the tour you will have guide with you, light lunch and all the equipment for fishing.

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