10 Things to Do in Blagoevgrad Province That You Shouldn't Miss

August 31, 2017 Layne Dawes

Blagoevgrad Province in Bulgaria, from Europe region, is best know for Mountains. Discover best things to do in Blagoevgrad Province with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Blagoevgrad Province

1. Vihren

Bansko, Bulgaria
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Vihren

Reviewed By Bucketgob - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

No doubt that the scenery there is stunning as the journey from Bansko up to the hut was through a heavily wooded area. We could not leave the car however due to an invasion of flies that literally covered the windscreen as we pulled up.. Such a shame..

2. Rozhen Monastery

Rozhen, Melnik 2820, Bulgaria
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Rozhen Monastery

Reviewed By Andrew G - Thessaloniki, Greece

This little monastery is situated 6km outside the city of Melnik, in the small city of Rozhen (which means Born). The only way to get there is by car through some really narrow roads, but it's worth it. In this small monastery, there are frescos from the 16th and 18th century, which were reserved after the several attemps to burn it. It's really interesting to see the fresco that is outside the church of the monastery which depicts the scenes for the judgement day, and it is said that it is the only one in Europe that depicts it in this way.

3. Kordopulova House

Melnik, Bulgaria +359 74 372 265
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Kordopulova House

Reviewed By Kathleen K

Melnik was a little bit hard to navigate for us since all of the signs are in cyrillic letters. Luckily there were several friendly locals who told us that the view from Kordopulov house is very nice. We went to the trail on the left side of the building instead of visiting the house first to get a bird-eye view of the village.

4. Bansko Ski Mania

Pirin Street 115, Bansko 2770, Bulgaria +359 87 867 6012
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Bansko Ski Mania

Reviewed By ness_956 - England

After contacting a few ski schools in Bansko, Ski Mania had the best communication and were reasonably priced with good reviews.
Had the pleasure of being taught by Teddy for 4 days every morning for 2 hours whilst visiting Bansko for a Skiing holiday with friends. I had pre booked the lessons 2 months before hand as I had gone on a skiing holiday the year before and had a bad fall. I wanted to learn how to ski properly and although it was slightly more expensive, I would highly recommend booking a 1:1 lesson. I saw huge groups of 10+ people and they were barely moving as there were so many of them. In saying that, private lessons in Bansko are much cheaper than private lessons in England or Ski Dubai.
I had previously had a few lessons so I was able to snow plough and slightly turn. By the end of the 2nd lesson, Teddy was showing me how to parallel turn. It’s amazing what progress you can make in just a few hours and I felt extremely safe and comfortable when he was around. He took me on blue runs on my 2nd day, which is something I thought I could never do so quickly. If you are learning to ski, or need some lessons to brush up on your skills, 1:1 private lessons are the way forward
The ski school was very good with hiring. They let me collect my ski stuff the day I arrived even though I was going to start skiing the day after. You can also store your ski gear there overnight and leave your shoes in the shop during the day. The shop is around the corner from the gondola and it opens at 7:30am.
Half term is extremely busy and we made the mistake of starting the queue for the gondola at 8:30 when we were told it opened. It took us 1.5 to reach the top of the gondola (which should be a 25mins journey in the gondola). What they didn’t say in the shop is that we should start in the queue from 7:30, the gondola opens just before 8am during half term. I missed the 1st hour of my first lesson and luckily they didn’t charge me for it.
Dropping off ski gear and picking up was very quick and easy. I needed to change my boots after the first day and this was fine with no hassle.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Bansko and especially Ski Mania. I would highly recommend them and if you’re learning how to ski, Teddy is your guy!

5. Villa Melnik Winery

The road between Melnik and Gotse Delchev | 7km from Melnik, Harsovo 2819, Bulgaria +359 88 484 0320
Excellent
95%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 105 reviews

Villa Melnik Winery

Villa Melnik Winery is a family-owned winery with about 75 acres of vineyards. Visit us to learn more about the journey of the wine: from the soil and the grapes, through the oenologist's hands at the production facility, and finally on the table. We offer tours of the winery and the vineyards and wine tastings daily. Nearby attractions: the Melnik sand pyramids, Kordopulova House, Rupite, Baba Vanga's church, the Rozhen Monastery, Zlatolist.We welcome visitors and wine lovers for tours and tastings - every day including weekends.

Reviewed By FInfanfun - Sao Paulo, SP

I've been to many wine tastings and it's easy to tell when the exhibitor is only working and when there's passion involved, which is this case. I highly recommend (if you like complex and strong wines) to taste their beautiful Chardonnay aged in oak barrels...MoreThank you for your inspiring post. Your feedback helps us continue and improve. The young lady's name is Eva. Indeed she loves her job and tries to pass her passion to our guests. Hope to see you soon again. Nikola Zikatanov Owner

6. Dancing Bears Park

Adrianov Chark, Belitsa 2780, Bulgaria +359 88 786 6189
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Dancing Bears Park

Reviewed By Janelle H

Visited the park today which rescues brown bears who have been kept in captivity and used as entertainment. Very cruel tradition in Bulgaria and other parts of Eastern Europe which is now outlawed. To see the bears in fantastic surroundings following some harrowing years was fabulous. All being given the opportunity to use their natural instincts of food foraging, digging caves and hibernating.
6 lev per adult with a guided tour of the complex. Takes about 1 hour once you've watched the video. Well worth a trip out about 40 mins from bansko.

7. Pirin Street

Pirin Street, Bansko 2770, Bulgaria
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 329 reviews

Pirin Street

Reviewed By SanPiter - London, United Kingdom

Near the gondola are the main bar and restaurant attractions, with trendy music and food options from as little as £2 for street food up to £20 at a trendy restaurant. However not all places accept cards.
Please head down Pirin st into town and try a local Mexana. These have a great and more traditional atmosphere, some with live music, and local food. The shashlik is just awesome (giant skewer). But not many veggie options. Other than bars and restaurants there are some crafts shops with some interesting stuff.

8. Townpark - Градски парк

Sandanski, Bulgaria
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Townpark - Градски парк

Reviewed By Tsvetelina B

The park is so lovely, green, well-maintained, peaceful and beautiful. Recently they have built a tree house with surroundings for a couple of peacocks living there now. A couple of new/recently renovated kids Playgrounds can be found. The town lake is amazing to visit and relax around. Swans and ducks should be seen around. The park extends further up to where the mountain road begins. Perfect for early morning walks or jogging and late night walks when the heat has cooled off. Must see! :)

9. Ski Bansko

Pirin Street 119, Bansko 2770, Bulgaria +359 88 851 6931
Excellent
39%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Ski Bansko

Reviewed By Les666 - Crawley, United Kingdom

yes there are some easy runs BUT, there are sooooo many people on narrow runs its impossible to do anything except watch the skiers... Summed up by school lessons which are held ACROSS the slope instead of to one side, never seen such bad ski etiquite... never going back.

10. The Melnik Pyramids

Pirin Planina, Melnik, Bulgaria
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

The Melnik Pyramids

Reviewed By Bucketgob - Cheltenham, United Kingdom

These are easily seen from the roadside on your journey from Melnik to the Rhozen Monastery. A large number of sandstone hills cut away by the wind and rain over several centuries. We did not take in a walk due to the excessive heat on the day we visited but certainly saw what we needed to see.

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