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The St Ivan Rilski area is a short drive (or long walk!) to the East of the main town. It’s the highest residential zone of Bansko and as such offers breathtaking views, peace and quiet and fresh air.
Sufficiently close to Bansko for easy access to the gondola and array or restaurants, bars and Mehanas, yet far enough away to avoid the crowds. it’s a good option for those looking for a bolt-hole as the apartments on the main developments in this area are well constructed and attractive. They also represent excellent value in general.
Who was St Ivan Rilski (John of Rila)?
Saint John of Rila (Bulgarian: Свети Йоан (Иван) Рилски, sveti Ioan Rilski) (876 – c. 946) was the first Bulgarian hermit. He was revered as a saint while he was still alive. The legend surrounding him tells of wild animals that freely came up to him and birds that landed in his hands. His followers founded many churches in his honour, including the famous Rila Monastery. One of these churches, “St Ivan Rilski” was only discovered in 2008 in the town of Veliko Tarnovo. Today, he is honoured as the patron saint of the Bulgariansand as one of the most important saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
- Semi-rural and very peaceful
- Fabulous views and fresh air
- Excellent value
- Little bit further from Ski Centre
- Potentially Lower Rental Income (Short term)