It is ironic given Berbatov's first transfer fee in 1998 when he moved from local team FC Pirin
to CSKA Sofia in 1997 was part-funded by 20 pairs of football boots.
In winter, its good snowfall and position at the foot of the Pirin
mountains make it a popular skiing area.
After dropping our bags off at our four-star Hotel Pirin
- which I was thrilled to see had a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, which would come in handy if I proved to be a useless skier - we took a stroll into the heart of Bansko, which is full of traditional bars and restaurants.
SHREWD property investors looking for the next hot investment opportunity should look no further than Lavina Spa and Ski Lodge - an exclusive development of luxury apartments situated at the foothills of Pirin
Mountain in the picturesque resort of Bansko in Bulgaria.
In the neighboring Pirin
National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979) a more challenging hike leads to the pyramidal summit of Vichren, third highest mountain in the Balkans, whose name derives from the Bulgarian word for "whirlwind.
9 Bansko, Bulgaria: Bansko lies at the base of the Pirin
Mountains, which have World Heritage Status.
PACK your hiking boots in summer to experience Bulgaria's Rila, Pirin
and Rhodope mountain ranges.
The villa is at the foot of the Pirin
mountains, a great base for hiking, but within easy distance of Sofia.
We took a one-year-old wolf called Vucho into two schools in the Pirin
mountains to show children what the animals are really like as part of an education programme.
Ltd - Orion Retail Installations Ltd - Overbury PLC - PEL Project Management Ltd - Pirin
PLC - Poplar Hall Ltd - Powells Shopfitting Services Ltd - Primero Contracts Ltd - Profile Shopfitting Ltd - Promotions Incorporated Ltd - Propencity Ltd - Railston Design Ltd - Realhurry Ltd - Resultforce Ltd - Retail Basefit Ltd - Retail & Leisure Ltd - M G Retail Services Ltd - N.
Part of the new territory belongs to the Pirin
National Park and is within a protected area.
Surrounded by the Rhodope, Rila and Pirin
mountains, the area boasts excellent ski slopes, mineral springs and thermal baths.