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Bansko is a town and popular ski resort in Bulgaria. It is located at 925 metres above sea level and has about 10,000 inhabitants.
The Bansko Jazz Festival is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria. The concerts take place in an open-air stage at the central square of the town and are free for the public. The 5-day festival has a programme that features styles and groups representing most of the jazz trends. It is held every year from August 8 to 13.
|Avalon Hotel||No. 4 El Tepe||Hotel||-|
|Gondola Apartments & Suites||4-6 Lazar Trenchev Str.||APARTMENT||87|
|Hotel Aneli||Rila street No 10A||hotel||87|
|Hotel Bella Vista Bansko||El Tepe str. 20||hotel||-|
|Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena||96 Pirin Street||hotel||-|
|Knights Lodge||Vardar Bansko||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Moravsko Village||Predela||Hotel||92|
|Prespa Family Hotel||19 str Patriarh Evtimii Blagoevgrad||guesthouse||90|
|Rahoff Hotel||Stefan Karadja 82||hotel||91|
|SPA Hotel Villa Roka||37 B Glazne Str.||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel IDA||Lazar Trenchev Str. No 1||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Donchev||8, Knyaz Aleksandar Batenberg Str. Bansko||HOTEL||-|
|The Old House||Garibaldi 15 Bansko||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cheap Hostel Bansko||Bansko||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Snowplough Apartments||9 Khan Asparuh str.||APARTMENT||-|
|Evergreen Aparthotel & Spa||Valevitza 4 Street Blagoevgrad||APARTMENT||-|
|Belmont Hotel||2 Georgi Nastev Str.||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Eagle’s Nest||Angel Kunchev str||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Grand Montana Hotel||1 Georgi Nastev St.||HOTEL||-|
|Mont Blanc Aparthotel||11 Dobri Chintulov Str||HOTEL||-|
|All Seasons Club||Section 308||HOTEL||-|
|Redenka Holiday Club||Redenka Area||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mountview Lodge||51 Bunderitsa str||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|White Peaks Hotel||34 Yavor str||Hotel||-|
|Snow Pearl Residence||99, Nayden Gerov str.||Guesthouse||-|
Internet access is widely available in Bulgaria, although about 60% of the population has regular access. Broadband internet is available through cable, ADSL, fiber optics, WiMax and LAN connections. You can also access internet with your mobile phone, via GPRS or 3G. Speeds are pretty fast in the capital. Outside Sofia, speeds are significantly lower. Internet cafes are available in most towns and cities, and in some villages. Computers are usually not available in libraries, or in public places such as train stations, but free wireless access is often available in such public places and in gas stations. Many pubs and hotels will also have WiFi that is free of charge to use. In recent years, wireless access has been growing, especially in biggest cities, but is still rather limited. Paid wireless access is also available. Speeds in Bulgaria are surprisingly good! In fact Bulgaria is in top 10 of the countries with fastest wireless Internet speeds worldwide.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Bulgaria is: 359. To make an international call from Bulgaria, the code is: 00
There are three mobile operators in Bulgaria: Globul, MobilTel & Vivacom. You can buy phone cards from post offices, kiosks and other street vendors.
The pan-European standard number 112 for all emergency calls is working everywhere in Bulgaria since September 2008. If, for some reason, you can not connect to 112, dial 166 for police, 150 for ambulance and 160 for the fire department.
Bulgarian Posts is the national postal service of Bulgaria. Services are fairly reliable and have been getting better and faster of the years. Still, it takes anywhere from days (domestic) to weeks (intercontinental) to send postcards, letters and/or parcels. They also have a very handy price calculator for all items, both priority as well as non-priority. Bulgarian post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though some are also open on Saturday (mornings) or keep longer evening hours (mostly the central post offices in big cities or in tourist areas along the coastline). You can buy stamps and postcards at the post offices or at newspaper kiosks. Single stamps for domestic services start at 0.45 leva, for international destinations prices vary by region. For sending packages, you can also use more expensive but faster courier services offered by for example UPS or DHL. TNT and local ones like City Express or Econt are also options.
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