Is one of the major towns in the Blagoevgrad Province having a population of around 22,500. Razlog is 6km from Bansko and has an elevation of 812m. The town is set around a large central square with shops, café’s and town hall. Razlog is predominantly a town of commerce although there are local hotels and a tourism industry.
Has an elevation of approximately 290m, a population of around 3900 and is approximately 5km from Bansko. There are many mineral springs and history going back to the Stone Age. It is currently developing as a tourism resort and is probably most associated with Bulgaria’s highest waterfall, the Raysko Praskalo (or Paradise Waterfall).
Is another major town in the Blagoevgrad Province with a population of around 24,000. It is approximately 30 minutes drive from Bansko and is mentioned here because it is believed to be the favoured site of the proposed new passenger airport. If permission for the new airport is to be granted, it would reduce the transfer time from around 2 ½ hours to 30 minutes.