The tourists who visit Bansko, are at about 500 thousand per year on the average. During all the seasons they are attracted by the unique mountain scenery, the modern facilities, and infrastructure, all the modern conveniences for complete relaxation, the numerous entertainment options both in the resort as well as in the mountains.
Here come tourists from all over Europe – Britons, Spaniards, Frenchmen, Austrians and others, and of course – from the neighboring countries of Serbia, Greece, Turkey.
Traditionally, Bansko is chosen by Russians, Israelis, even people from Japan and Australia. At that the interest for Bansko does not stop expanding geographically – after the World Snowboard Championship held here in January 2018, there are inquiries from one of the richest countries in the world – the state of Qatar.
The headquarters of several teams were interested in the opportunity to conduct their team training here. Apart from that, because of the organizers’ experience in Bansko during the organization of World Winter Championships, the resort concluded a memorandum with Beijing, the capital of China, for personnel training. As it is well known, in Beijing in 2022 will be the next winter Olympic games.
All this makes Bansko an exceptionally “colorful world”, there are people from different cultures, religions, traditions, including culinary traditions. The tourist business of the resort has been tailored to suit the different tastes and at the same time to offer the most popular national cuisines that tourists usually want to try.
Besides the unique local cuisine at the choice of Restaurant in Bansko, each tourist has many possibilities. There is offered, for example, Mediterranean cuisine with dishes from three continents – Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as Greek and Italian specialties; there are restaurants for Armenian dishes, Japanese, classic restaurants offering international cuisine, pubs, and so on. Of course, as in an alpine resort, during the winter season, there is also a kitchen from the Alps, which specializes in Restaurant Fondue Bansko.
The Unique Cuisine Of Bansko
When talking about delicious food in Bansko, special attention should be paid to the local cuisine. It is famous for appetizers, sausages, stewed dishes that are unique. They are prepared according to ancient recipes and with ecologically clean products. Towards Bansko’s ‘trademark’ direct even the names of many local specialties – Banska Kapama, Banska Karvavitsa/Blood-pudding, Banski Sudjuk/Flat-sausage, Banski Starets, Banska Kustureta, Banski Kachimak/Hominy and others.
People from Bansko are masters of specialties of lamb – barbecue, dishes of lamb inwards and others. Which is natural, as sheep breeding has been a traditional livelihood for centuries. The presence of rivers and lakes has led to the development of fish culinary, while the mountain-wooded areas around Bansko have “given” a variety of game dishes.
In many cases, the people of Bansko have a unique taste by combining products and create a pleasant surprise for tourists. For example, for the Kapama is used rice, sauerkraut, specific local beets, blood-pudding, chicken, pork, veal, game, spices. The dish is very tasty and is among the most sought after in the local cuisine. In the hominy prepared for the Bansko style, there are appetizers – liver, blood-pudding, ribs.
Besides in restaurants and taverns, the attractive Bansko cuisine can also be tried in an attractive way among nature. In the warm seasons, there are organized excursions in picturesque places around Bansko, where local specialties, wine, brandy are served against the background of a folklore show with theatrical elements and lavish folk costumes from the region. In the warm seasons, there are organized excursions in picturesque places around Bansko, where local specialties, wine, brandy are served against the background of a folklore show with theatrical elements and lavish folk costumes from the region.
Besides the traditional songs and dances of Bansko, the spectacle also includes the recreation of old-time rituals and customs, which are extremely impressive for the tourists. Besides, if they wish, they can be “kidnapped” by handouts-rebels with colorful carts and horses to the glades around Bansko, related to legends from the time when the locals fought against the Turkish conquerors.
Thus, the people from Bansko lay out their kitchen among the most essential for displaying to tourists, along with the arts, ethnography, beliefs, style of living, history.
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