If you fancy taking a day trip out of Bansko, there are lots of options.
The villages of Kovachevitsa and Leshten are UNESCO protected and offer fascinating cobbled streets where the 18th century houses jostle for space above the narrow streets.
You can take a narrow gauge train ride to Velingrad – a popular spa town in the mountains and enjoy a dip in the healthy mineral waters.
Bridget Bardot sponsors a bear sanctuary in Belitsa – it became illegal to have dancing bears in Bulgaria in 2007 and the sanctuary is now home to a number of rescued bears. The government has gifted a large part of the national park to the sanctuary for as long as the bears need it and there are several walkways over the enclosures for visitors to watch the bears.