Pirin Street

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NimbusMonmouth
Monmouth56 contributions
First time in Bulgaria so did not really know what to expect. Bansko is an easy 2 ½ hour drive from Sofia Airport and a really pleasant surprise. Best mix of old and new – ski gondola in the middle of town with bars, restaurants, gift shops and fast food huts all around. You can eat at every level and all give you good value and good quality. The street kebabs, crepes and pizza are delicious and so cheap. The bars, restaurants and traditional Mehana are all welcoming and great value. More than enough variety to entertain a family for a week and you will spend significantly less than any other European resort. The exchange rate and the healthy local competition make this a highly recommended option for a family ski trip.
Written January 4, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,267 contributions
My 3 star rating means neutral, as we've visited this street during the Covid era when it certainly didn't have it's normal appearance.
From many friends of mine who visited it in the previous years I was told this is a lively and interesting street with great fun and dining options. The same I've read in travel forums.
However, during our visit in Feb 2021 it looked depressive with all the restaurants closed (only takeaway was allowed) and with empty souvenir shops with no customers, only sad looking owners.
The highlight was a terrific Holy Trinity Church which is somewhere in the middle of it.
Written May 4, 2021
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slinkymalinkyvw79
Suffolk, UK9 contributions
I went for a wonder down Pirin street. Lovely street with plenty of shops and character. At the end off to the right of the church is some alley ways, these lead you through Old Town, what a treat that was. Imagine a town/village untouched by modern society, it was like stepping back in time
Written March 2, 2020
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John Dolan
Chester, UK42 contributions
Family
Pirin street takes you from the bottom of the old town right to the top of the new town. Lots of quirky little shops, food outlets, pubs and so on. Very pleasant street for a daily walk, and a good people watching spot too.
Written March 5, 2021
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Rebecca424
Bristol, UK17 contributions
Couples
It's as if the Bansko local government saw Ibiza on the TV and assumed all tourists are after greasy grub, nasty lager and paid-for sex.

Early in the day, Pirin Street is nice. You can get some great bargains at the ski and snowboard shops, and it's really quite pituresque. There are plenty of fakes, but also some really cool snowboard shops. Head up the hill towards the gondolas, and down towards the main square and quaint old town.

Then the hawkers come out. Scores of men who exist to get you into their pubs and tavernas. There are some really cheesey fake British pubs serving really disgusting-looking fried breakfasts, and if they hear you speaking English they just will not leave you alone. Same goes for the authentic tavernas. Within five minutes you will have pockets bulging with 10% coupons. It is virtually impossible to get through the street without being hassled.

After dark the place lights up with tacky neon signs for the sex shows and pole-dancing clubs. Families were walking bemused small children down there to get between the hotels and restaurants!!! As a couple, we were approached several times to go into these clubs. At one point I got fed up and shouted to a guy "I don't want to watch naked women!" to which he thought for a second and then replied "No problem! We'll get some naked men!" Other times, guys would nod knowingly and wish us a "very sexy evening."

In the end, we stuck to the tavernas off the main square, and the less-seedy bars around the gondolas.

I've stayed in plenty of cities with a red light district or British tourist drinking culture, but it's always been confined to a district which I can avoid if I wish. Bansko is like an entire town made out of Amsterdam's red light district, London's Soho or Hamburg's St Pauli, with none of the class.

There are people in Bansko trying to market it as a luxury destination. These people need to organise fixing the pavements and not p*ssing off the customer.
Written January 12, 2014
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
Family
Pirin street is the main and longest street of Bansko, full of souvenir and ski gear shops with lazy shop assistants. Plenty of expensive, like everything in Bansko!, taverns with touts in front of them trying to attract clients. The only good thing about that street is the view of Pirin mountain which earned the second star of the rating.
Written April 29, 2018
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stonesy1959
Swansea20 contributions
Family
The bedrock of the ski zone with many bars , cafes and souvenir shops for everyone to enjoy . Check out the genuine UGS discount store and treat your Mrs..
Written February 20, 2017
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TripMember12102014
Leeds, UK28 contributions
Friends
Club after Club after Club, This street Reminds me of Blackpool/Benidorm all over again and not in a nice way.
I am supposed to write 100 words or more to give this review any value.
It really is" less said the better."
Though do visit old Bansko town with a lovely church and typical Bulgarian restaurants.
Written February 16, 2017
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Nick L
Montreal, Canada186 contributions
Solo
Used to be the main tourist street connecting old town with the new one. Restos, boutiques and people. Old and new houses and small family hotels.
Written September 6, 2018
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,180 contributions
Couples
We got off the narrow-gauge railway train at Bansko after riding for almost five hours from Septemvri. Bansko, a thriving winter resort, almost resembled a ghost town at the end of June. We saw few people anywhere as we walked from the station along a road that quickly became Pirin Street. None of the shops or restaurants on the street in this old part of town beckoned, though there is the usual array that one would expect on a major shopping street. We stopped a few times, however, to admire some earlier-era buildings' architecture or to comment on inviting gardens by eateries that may have enticed us had we been hungry. We eventually chose to go off into side areas and did not walk the entire street.

I think the most interesting structure that we saw on Pirin was the Church of Sveta Troitsa. A 12-foot high stone wall deliberately hides it from view. The wall conceals the dimensions, which are bigger than what the Ottomans allowed at the time of construction (1832). A huge stork's nest decorates the roof.

We pushed open a gate in the wall and found ourselves in a lush green garden with a variety of plants and trees. When we entered the church, I was surprised by how light and airy it is inside, especially after visiting so many gloomy church interiors in Sofia. Big columns, icons on walls and a wood-paneled ceiling adds to the atmosphere. For those who are not shoppers, this is a lovely place to come when taking a stroll on Pirin Street.
Written July 28, 2015
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