Guest post by Karen Field
I’m not sure what I expected but it wasn’t this. The view from Bezbog lake in the Pirin National Park looking back towards Bansko was breathtaking – surrounded by mountains offering great hiking and good value accommodation.
The two-seater chairlift up to Bezbog was grey and functional – no gloss here but somehow it fits right in. This area is still relatively undiscovered but to those in the know it provides a stunning summer destination teeming with wildlife.
Brown bears and grey wolves are still found here in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pirin National Park although you’d be very lucky (or not!) to see them – our host James said they live deep in the mountains; he’s been here for 20 years and has yet to see either.
But if you’re looking for more friendly fauna and flora, you can find over 200 species of butterflies, over 400 species of birds and over 3000 plant species. This is a country with unspoilt countryside and traditional methods of farming.