Razlog is a beautiful small town near Bansko, the most popular ski resort in Bulgaria. Bansko is known for its long ski slopes, traditional cuisine, and typical architecture but also Razlog has its unique charm. Both towns are located no more than 15 kilometres from each other, but those who visit Bansko because of its fame should not miss visiting Razlog. In many aspects, it is even better because the atmosphere is more authentic and relaxed as they are fewer tourists.
The pictures that I have included in today’s article are from a few years ago, from the time when I lived in the town with my family. A nice period of my life that I remember fondly and with an appreciation for the friends I found there.
1 – LOCATION
Razlog is located exactly between the three most prominent mountains in Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin and Rhodope Mountains. This makes the climate very healthy, nature interesting and the tourism varied. (Check this guide about out of the beaten path hiking in Rila Mountains, Bulgaria).
2 – LIFESTYLE
It is located in close proximity to a popular resort but has retained its authentic look and atmosphere. There, more than in Bansko, you can see the local lifestyle and get an idea of the local culture.
3 – CARNIVAL
On 1st January each year the town hosts a carnival for which the local people both young and older start preparation from the previous year. Mummers in masks can scare visitors on the streets during that day, and infant children also in costumes will make you smile fondly.
4 – TO AVOID THE CROWDS
If you want to avoid the crowds of skiers in Bansko, you can go to the local ski slope of Razlog, located in “Kulinoto”. The price of a one-day card is 12 lev, which is quite acceptable and even much cheaper than the card price on the slopes in Bansko. If you are a beginner or with young children this track will be ideal for you because it is much smaller and easier than those in Bansko.
5 – ALFRESCO CAFES & RESTAURANTS
The town centre is filled with greenery, summer cafes are inviting places for relaxation and a lot of the surrounding buildings have architectural and historical value.
6 – LOCAL HISTORY
Razlog has an interesting past, which you can learn more about at the Museum “Parapunov’s house”.
7 – BETTER PRICES
The hotels in Razlog offer lower prices than those in Bansko and the gated communities in the area.
8 – DAY TRIPS
Within a short drive away from Razlog, you can reach ski slopes, golf courses, mountains, villages-museums /such as Kovatchevitsa/, and the regional capital Blagoevgrad (known for its youthful atmosphere because of the two large universities situated here) is not far away.
9 – LOCAL FOOD
Kapama is a traditional dish that is quite profusely because is made of meat, rice, and wine, but I personally prefer shoupla, a dish with cheese similar to pancakes.
10 – GREAT TO VISIT IN EVERY SEASON
You can enjoy visiting Razlog in both winter and summer seasons. In winter you can indulge in winter sports and in summer can walk in the mountains, climb peaks, but also sunbathing around the swimming pools of the local hotels. In all cases – you win!
Razlog is a picturesque little town in the mountains of Bulgaria. Each season here has its own charm but there is something magical about Razlog covered with freshly-fallen snow. Because the snow is one of the things that can make us happier people, isn’t it?