COVID-19 changed everything so much. The virus hit Bansko hard last season when the Bulgarian government put the town in total lockdown. The summer looked promising as the situation with the spread of the virus was mastered. Once autumn was back, COVID made a lot of changes: restaurants closed, face masks are obligatory in closed areas, malls are not open. One of the questions tourists never think about when leaving for Bansko is how and where they will eat. But this is one of the pressing issues in the resort so far. On the other hand, what to do once in the ski zone? Can you eat something? Are there restrooms open? Can you go inside when outside is -22C? Here are some answers!
Restaurants and bars in the Ski Zone and in town
The restaurants in hotels are allowed to work. You will be able to eat in your hotel, so make sure you pick a good one as hotel food can sometimes be a bit ropey. All other restaurants, cafes, and bars are scheduled to re-open on the 1st of March. If you are staying in an AirBnb or a small hotel without a restaurant, there is another option for you! A lot of restaurants are offering take-away food or do deliveries.
The most popular restaurants in the ski zone: Bla-Bla, 180, The kettles and Peshterite on the Ski Road are open! And they are swarming! It’s not allowed to eat inside, so the outside areas look always full! There are a lot of benches in the surrounding areas of Banderishka Meadow so you can easily find a spot to rest!
However, there are not a lot of places where you can warm yourself up, so we are strongly recommending warm clothing, gloves, and a hat/helmet. As in closed areas and on the lifts, face masks, scarfs, and bandanas are obligatory, I will not mention them.
Don’t forget to protect yourself and protect others around you!
Bansko ski zone is operating at full speed even if there are fewer guests in comparison with previous seasons. Safety measures are on the spot and the resort management is strictly following them. From tomorrow, Friday the 29th, all travelers who are entering Bulgaria should have a negative PCR test done less than 72 hours before departure. This is how Bulgarian Health authorities will try to stop the new strain of COVID-19 to enter Bulgaria.
For the second week in Bansko is operating a laboratory for PCR tests. Everyone who needs a PCR test to enter back their home country can do a test at the place, located 10 minutes walking from the gondola. The tests are taken every day between 8 am and 1 pm and the results are ready on the next day.
Ski & Board Traventuria is a leading provider of lift passes, equipment rental, airport transfers, and ski school for the Bansko area. To book your next ski vacation in Bansko with us, please check our website – www.skibansko.bg