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Surrounding areas of Bansko

Most impressive is the legendary Pirin Mountain. The greater part of the tourist flow heading for the mountain goes through the town. In the immediate vicinity are the Chalin Valog Ski-Centre, the Shiligarnika Ski-Centre - one of the biggest in Bulgaria (refer to the Pirin Mountain related section herein), Demyanitsa, Bunderitsa and Vihren Chalets as well as the highest Mt. Vihren (refer to the Pirin related chapter herein). 6 km south of Bansko is the village of Dobrinishte (final station on the narrow-gauge line from Septemvri). It is one of the largest villages in the country with a population of over 3000 inhabitants. There are 17 mineral springs with water temperature between 30o and 43 oC, as well as a big mineral public bath. The town is a point of departure to the Gotse Delchev, Mocharata and Bezbog Chalets and to the Bezbog Ski-Center (refer to the Pirin Mountain related section herien). There are a number of private hotels in the village as well as a Tourist House. There is a bus line to Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Razlog, Bansko, Gotse Delchev, etc. The bus station is near the railway station, about 1 kilometre east of Dobrinishte.

Of great interest are the following sights: the Basilica and the Necropolis in the Shipotsko Area; Bansko karst springs in the area of Murtva Polyana; a ceramic workshop dating back to late antiquity; the Stana Kale Fortress of late antiquity and a necropolis, a Thracian fortress and necropolis together with early Christian basilica in St. Nickola Area; Thracian mound in the area of Lisicha Mogila; the Birth of the Holy Virgin Church.

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