Bansko 2

Walking trail village of BANSKO - OLD WATER TANKS – village of BANSKO

The walking trail is very interesting to climb, because while walking one can see beautiful landscapes, created by nature, as well as and extremely important buildings of the rich history and culture that Strumica valley is abundant with.

The trail starts at the village of Bansko. Here, nature has not spared its generosity, but has drawn unique landscapes filled with different scents of nature.

The walking trail continues upwards through the new water pipeline of the village of Bansko, passes through beautiful river, whose water can is also portable, as it comes from the slopes of Belasica Mountain, and it continues upwards by steep (natural) stairs, then it turns left, and after a narrow goat trail reaches the place called “Old water tanks”, at the village of Bansko.

The surrounding area is rich with greenery, covered with pine forest that will impress you with its natural beauty, extraordinary and beautiful experience. Due to the exquisite beauty and abundance of vegetation, there is an exceptional opportunity for landscape photography.

If you want, here you can taste the freshness of the morning, abundant with air bath, or you can fall asleep under the open sky in a quiet night, or you can just feel the spirit of history. From here the trail descends along the forest road, passing through the hotel, and returns to the starting point in Bansko.

  • Flora and fauna:

The walking trail is rich in diverse flora, fungi, and fauna. The grass flora is rich and allows collecting of diverse types of flowers, tea, and fruits. There is also short stemmed forest including: raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries, dog rose. There are also different types of mushrooms: chanterelles – cantharellus; champignon- agaricus bisporus and parasol mushroom - Macrolepiota procera.

The lower parts of the trail are prevalent with deciduous trees including: betuala alba – birch; tilia sp. – linden; acer sp. – maple. The evergreens, present in the upper parts include: pinus sp. – pine; juniperus sp. – juniper; and thuja sp. - thuja.The richness and heterogeneity of types of eco-systems found here are the result of a favourable climate and specific geographic location. Fauna that can be spotted on the trail include: rabbits, wild boar, wolves and foxes. Among the birds that can be seen are: nightingales, pheasants, partridges, eagles and falcons, and there are also various kinds of insects.

  • Additional opportunities for using the trail (eco-tourism, rural tourism, thermal tourism, archaeological tourism, walking and jogging, herbal tourism).
  • The following rules should be observed when walking along the trail:
    • Always take waterproof clothing, even in mid-summer, and wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Wear a hat or cap and sun block in summer. Weather changes rapidly.
    • If lost or forced to stop because of bad weather, stay together and remain in one place. Find the closest shelter from wind and rain.
    • Stick to well-used paths, which will be indicated on the Park's hiking map and read the warnings on this map. Don’t take shortcuts and especially don’t wander into ravines.
    • Always take enough water, especially in summer, and food in case of a delay. Watch the weather and time, and turn back before you start running late or if bad weather threatens.