Favorite thing: If you want any information on planning your hiking in the Pirin mountains, or want to get maps, visit the Pirin National Park office in Bansko, at bulevard Bansko 4. (07443-2428) They will be glad to help you, however it is not a hiking agency, tourist office or a place to rent equipment. They can speak French.
Favorite thing: The Pirin mountains area stretches from the northwest to southeast. The area is 80 km long and 40 km wide and contains an area of 2585 km2 of natural beauty, that is, glacial massifs, 180 lakes and many high peaks. Most of the lakes are 2000m above sea level and many of them were created by glaciers. The most interesting lakes are: the Kremenskite lakes, the Valiavihkite lakes, the Popovo lake and the Bunderishkite lakes. Because of the contoured landscape and the Mediterranean climate there is a large variety of flora and fauna. In 1962 a part of the mountain area was proclaimed as national park. The park itself extents over an area of 27,400 ha and lies at an altitude of 1,008–2,914 m above sea level. It includes unique ecosystems and a large number of Bulgarian and Balkan endemites and relicts. Pirin National Park has a limestone Balkan landscape, with 70 glacial lakes, waterfalls, many caves, majestic abysses, cliffs and pine forests.