Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

BIO swimming pools in Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

1. Question: What is a SPA hotel?

Answer: SPA hotels are those that have spa centers occupying a minimum of 20% of the hotel area and offering different treatments – classic or non-traditional, aimed at rejuvenating, beautifying, mental and physical health, relaxation and anti-stress. A special MT Regulation was issued in January 2016 stating the specific certification requirements for spa centers, which then entitles them to be called a SPA hotel.

Nowadays visiting spa hotels or centers has become something very modern but also useful.

There are two versions of the word’s origin. According to one ancient Romans, they used the term “Salus per aquam” (SPA), thus describing the thermal springs with which they treated different kinds of diseases.

According to other sources, the term derives from the famous Belgian town of Spa, which in the 16th century was known all over the world with its mineral springs and as a place to rest and restore the physical forces of the body, charging with positive energy, curing diseases and Prophylaxis.

If you want to restore your strength to a modern and functional SPA center, visit Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax Aparthotel. The hotel offers a real spa with over 28 therapies, free chlorine-free pools, salt room, ice room. Hydrotherapy with the most modern combined tangentor bath, curative mud calotherapy from Kyustendil, hydromassage showers, fich massages, 6 types of saunas and steam baths, Jacuzzi, fitness.

Lucky Bansko | Picture of a bedroom in Executive+ Suite

2. Q: What does a double room in a hotel mean?

A: The double room is for two guests. The double room at the hotel accommodates two guests and can be twin beds or a bedroom.

At Lucky Bansko Spa & Relax Aparthotel there are studios that are the analog of a double room. The studios are larger in size and have a fully equipped kitchenette.



Photo of Studio Lux | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

3. Q: What is a hotel studio?

A: The studio at the hotel has a kitchenette. The studio is a one-room room with two single beds or a bed, a bathroom with toilet and a fully equipped kitchenette.





Facade and playground in Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

4. Q: How many rooms does Lucky Bansko hotel have?

A: Lucky Bansko Aparthotel has 115 rooms. Aparthotel Lucky Bansko has 67 studios and 48 apartments and they all have a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom with bathtub, SOS system and telephone.





Photo of the facade | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

5. Q: How much is the room at Lucky Bansko Hotel?

A: Lucky Bansko hotel room costs 65 Euro and includes: breakfast, use of the spa, children’s club with babysitters, parking, 24-hour reception service.





Living Room Executive Suite | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

6. Q: How much does the double room in Lucky Bansko hotel cost?

A: The double room at Lucky Bansko Hotel costs 65 euros. The double room rate includes bed and breakfast and free use of the spa.





Relax in Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

7. Q: Hotel Lucky Bansko is there a SPA?

A: Aparthotel Lucky Bansko has a modern SPA Center with numerous attractions, including BIO pools.





Borislav Malinov photo | Lucky Bansko Spa & Relax
8. Q: What is the owner of Lucky Bansko Hotel?

A: Borislav Malinov is the owner of the hotel.

He is a graduate of the University of National and World Economy, major in Economics and Trade Management. He started his business in 1993 with Politrade, and later founded one of the largest companies in Bulgaria for buying and recycling of waste – “Nord Holding”.

From 1995 to 2003 he is the manager of “Nord Holding”, one of the leading companies in the field of trade and recycling of waste metals in Bulgaria. Managing Partner of Stroyconsult EOOD and a consultant for economic and financial affairs in Lucky Bansko, part of the holding structure of Nord Holding OOD.

Malinov was the chairman of the Bulgarian Recycling Association from 2006 to 2010 and the deputy chairman until September 2011 when he was again elected as head of the association.


Flower Garden in Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

9. Q: What to See in Bansko? / What can be seen in Bansko?

A: There are many sights in Bansko – natural, cultural, historical. The town is situated at the foot of the Pirin mountain, the largest part of which is part of Pirin National Park, which is under the protection of UNESCO.

In Bansko there are historical museums, many antique houses with preserved architecture, churches, monuments dedicated to prominent Bulgarian Revival. There are also places for entertainment. In winter there are wonderful winter sports.


Rila Monastery near Bansko | Lucky Bansko

10. Q: How to visit hotels in Bansko?

A: There are many interesting places worth visiting:
– Rila Monastery, Rozhen Monastery and Rupite;
– Settlements of architectural reserves – Leshten, Kovachevitsa;
– You can visit Melnik – the smallest town in Bulgaria, with a unique natural pyramid pyramid phenomenon. Here you can taste the famous Melnik wine;
– Visit to a traditional ethnic house in the village of G. Draglishte;
– Visit of an 18th-century church in the village of Dobarsko – The temple “St. Teodor Tiron and Theodor Stratilat”;
– Dancing bears park in the town of Belitsa;
– Walking tours in Pirin;
– horse riding in the village of Bachevo;
– Paintball in the vicinity of Bansko;
– rafting along the Struma River;
– Fishing in the vicinity of the city;
– Play golf in Pirin Golf.


Mountain landscape from Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

11. Q: At what altitude is Bansko?

A: The height is 927 m above sea level, at the northern foot of the Pirin mountain.





Skiers of all ages | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

12. Q: How many ski runs in Bansko?

A: The total number of runs is 16.

The Bansko ski slopes are built in two main areas – Chalin Valog and Shiligarnika (1700 – 2500 m), on the northern slopes of Pirin, about 10 km. From the city. They are easily accessible, about 25 minutes by the new lift “Gondola”, which has a starting station in Bansko. The total length of the slopes and ski runs is 75 km. Of these: beginner runs – 35%, advanced tracks – 40%, trails for experienced – 25%. Their location allows for many combinations and drops with varying difficulty and slope.

For skiers and snowboarders there are 75 km of professionally prepared and reliably secure runs, as well as 22 km / 13.2 km long, 2.4 km ski lifts and 6.2 km cabin / modern high capacity lifts that transport quickly and comfortably until the start of Each runway.

A modern gondola lift – a gondola with eight seats, takes skiers from the city to Banderishka Polyana with a capacity of 2,400 people per hour. Equipped with artificial snow machines are 100% of the tracks, which guarantees enough snow cover from December to May.
The highest point of the ski center is 2560m and the lowest 990m.

The ski center offers a wonderful 16 km. Ski track equipped with artificial snow and lighting machines connecting the high parts of the resort with the town of Bansko.


Elephants at the ski lift in Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

13. Q: How much does the lift in Bansko cost?

A: The one-day adult lift card during the winter season 2016/17 did cost 58 BGN.





Picture of happy skiers | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

14. Q: When does the season begin in Bansko?

A: The Bansko season starts in the middle of December with a sumptuous party.





Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax | Picture of a jazz fest

15. Q: When is the Jazz Festival in Bansko?

A: The Jazz Festival in Bansko always in August, usually in the first half of the month.





Supermodern Ski Resort Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

16. Q: When is the world skiing in Bansko?

A: The first World Ski Cup in Bansko was on 27 and 28 February and March 1, 2015. In 2018 Bansko will have a World Ski Snowboard Cup.





Skiing in Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

17. Q: How long is the ski season in Bansko?

A: Snow in Bansko has until the end of April, but the ski season ends in early April.





Steam locomotive in Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

18. Q: How to reach Bansko?

A: Bansko is 150 km from Sofia, 220 km from Thessaloniki, 600 km from Istanbul, from Belgrade – 540 km, from Skopje – 200 km, from Bucharest – 600 km.
– From Sofia to Bansko there is less than 2 hours of international road E 79/120 km highway / of which only 40 km is not a highway.
– By Air – Sofia Airport and Plovdiv.
– By bus – there are regular bus lines to the most major cities in Bulgaria.
– The narrow-gauge from September to Bansko.


Baikusheva Mura | Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

19. Q: How to get from Bansko to Baikusheva fir?

A: Baykusheva Mura is located next to the asphalt road, which connects Bansko with the two chalets Banderitsa and Vihren. The tree can be reached along the marked paths to the h. Banderitsa and Ch. Vihren for about 4.30 hours on foot. Baikusheva’s pine forest can be reached by car along the road for about 15 km from the city.

Baikusheva Mura is located at 1930 m. In the Pirin Mountains. It grows near the Banderitsa chalet and Vihren hut. In 2004, the landscape was restored around the tree in order to preserve it.


Picture of the entrance outside | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

20. Q: Where to park in Bansko?

A: Lucky Bansko offers two free outdoor parking by the hotel with video surveillance. The hotel also has an indoor parking garage.

If you want to use the paid parking lots in the municipality of Bansko, please contact them at:
– “Tsar Simeon” Str. – from “Viktor Yugo” Street to “Bulgaria” Str. And “Nikola Vaptsarov” Square to the crossroad with “Economist Chuchulina” Str.
– “Pirin” Str. – from a crossroad with “Otets Paisiy” Str. to “Vazrazhdane” Square;
– “Ivan Vazov” Str. – from the service parking lot of the municipality to Tsar Simeon Street and the gorge between the two streets;
– Widening (parking) – between “Viktor Yugo” Str., “Dimitar Talev” Str. and “Louis Pasteur” Str. (behind the Polyclinic).


Main entrance of aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

21. Q: Where to relax in Bansko?

A: Lucky Bansko Aparthotel SPA & Relax is a wonderful place to relax during all seasons. This is the hotel where you will receive a guaranteed quality product, maximum comfort, great care and perfect service from all hotel staff.

There are over 350 hotels and accommodation in Bansko with a different star rating and a great price difference in the services offered.


Photo of Leonardo Restaurant | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

22. Q: Where to eat in Bansko?

A: In Bansko there are many places where you can taste delicious. If you want to try really tasty dishes prepared with bio products, visit the restaurant Les Bistro in Lucky Bansko Spa & Relax Aparthotel. In the summer, just for 24 leva you can choose 3 meals from the restaurant menu. In winter the price is 30 leva for 3 dishes of choice, but there are tasty dishes in 4 variants with aromatic, freshly baked bread, which are served to every guest.

The water that serves you at the Le Bistro Restaurant is water and is free.

If you love Italian cuisine, you must visit the Leonardo Restaurant, which is part of Lucky Bansko. In the summer you can enjoy the wonderful outdoor pool of the aqua complex, eat a delicious pizza or order a refreshing cocktail. The winter is cozy around the fireplace, and the dishes are superb.

Prices are higher, but service is more than perfect and worth it. The kitchen is according to original recipes, the pasta, the desserts and the ice cream are also prepared on the spot and are not semi-prepared.

The alpine restaurant Fondue – the first one in Bansko – is to be opened.

In the restaurants of Lucky Bansko you can also find tasty gluten-free food and bread, which is not so common.


Horse Sports | Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

23. Q: What is the climate / weather in Bansko?

A: The climate is mountainous, with excellent conditions for winter sports.

The first snow falls in early December and the snow cover lasts until the end of April. Summer is warm, with cool evenings.




Old photo of Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

24. Q: When Bansko becomes a town?

A: In 1912, after the liberation of Bansko from Turkish slavery, awake public figures from Bansko filed a petition to the National Assembly. This is the year in which Bansko is officially declared a town.

In the 15th-16th centuries, several neighborhoods were united and formed Bansko as one settlement. For the first time we have a documentary record of Bansko in the Ottoman register of the shepherds (shepherds) of 1576

Economic and spiritual upheaval occurred in the 18th and 19th centuries, as seen in the acts of local self-government. The Bansko Bulgarian municipality was founded around 1850 as a continuation of the village community formation in 1833 for the construction and printing of the church “St. Trinity “(illuminated in 1835).


Map of Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

25. Q: Where is Bansko located on the map of Bulgaria?

A: Bansko is located in Southwestern Bulgaria, about 80 km. From the Greek border, Exohi (about 1.5 hours by car).

Bansko is situated at the northern foot of Pirin Mountain. The town is located at 925 meters above sea level, 150 km from Sofia and 96 km from Blagoevgrad.



Shuttle to the center | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

26. Q: Where do the buses stop in Bansko?

A: The buses in Bansko stop at the bus station. Bansko Bus Station is 500 meters away from the city center. The bus station is located on main road 19. The bus station is only 3 minutes walk from Lucky Bansko Spa & Relax Aparthotel.




Mountain bikers | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

27. Q: In what area is Bansko?

A: Bansko is Blagoevgrad region. Bansko is situated in Southwestern Bulgaria, near Razlog and is the administrative center of Bansko Municipality.





Beautiful Lake in the Pirin Mountain | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

28. Q: In what mountain is Bansko?

A: Pirin mountain is located in Bansko. Bansko is situated at the foot of Pirin mountain, but it is only 15 km / 16 min from the Predela locality, where 3 mountains – Pirin, Rila and Rhodopes are gathered.





Active holidays in the mountains | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

29. Q: Which river passes through Bansko?

A: Glazne river passes through Bansko. The Glazne River, 11 km long, consists of 2 rivers – Banderitsa and Damianitsa.





Establishment of a municipality in Bansko | Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

30. Q: Where does the name of Bansko come from?

A: The name of Bansko comes from the name of one of the first settlers in the region – Banyo Marinov. Banyo Marinov is a Bulgarian revolutionary, one of the leaders of the Kresna-Razlog rebellion.