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Balkan Jewel Hotel – the hidden treasure at the foot of the mountain

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Balkan Jewel Hotel is located between Razlog and Bansko and is a great choice for a short or longer holiday in the mountains. The hotel offers not just a place to spend the night, but real comfort at the foot of Pirin. It has comfortable and luxurious studios, comfortable 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as cozy 3 bedroom cottages.

Tourist attractions worth visiting

As the hotel is located in a mountainous area, it offers assistance for your tourist experience. You can combine your personal or family vacation in Bansko with games, outdoor fun or hikes. Pirin Mountain is a preferred destination for tourists from all over the country. You have the choice to visit Lake Okoto, near which is the oldest tree in Bulgaria.

Transitions you can choose from:

-passage to Okoto, Muratovo and Ribno lakes;

-passage to Damianitsa huts, Yavorov.

Crossing in Pirin area

Bansko is a fabulous place for organizing treks, walks and relaxation for sporty types. Whether you are a young explorer seeking to discover new horizons or an experienced mountaineer conquering new peaks, this is your place!

Possibility of an individual trek or a trek with a guide

If you are ready to embark on the adventure of exploring Pirin on your own – do it. However, if you want pleasant company and gaining knowledge about the area – you can contact the hotel to offer you a guide. The guide will not only take you through the most picturesque corners, but also tell you their fabulous stories. You have the opportunity to visit Vihren peak (2914 m) – the highest peak of Pirin, and the trek takes about 5-6 hours.


The usual route is via Vihren hut. The hut was built in 1939-1941. It is an honor and pride to climb this peak. It is included in the Hundred National Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. There are 4 ways you can reach the top.

The first route is through Vihren hut on the so-called “Royal Path”. The second way is through the Kazanite area. On this side is a wall with a height of up to 300 m, on which there is an organized route for climbers. At the foot of the area you can see a small piece of eternal glacier measuring about 90 by 40 meters. The third option is through Mount Kutelo, which is the second highest in the Pirin Mountains. And the last route is designed for climbers with experience in conquering new peaks and hard-to-reach locations.

Lake Okoto

The lake is part of the large lake group Banderishki Lakes in Pirin. There are 5 lakes, and their names are: Frog Lake; Long Lake; Ribno lake, Muratovo lake and Okoto lake. The road to the lake itself is fascinating and picturesque and takes about an hour and a half.

Mountain cycling

Apart from trekking, you can also opt for cycling, which also allows you to explore the area. The options are many, one of them being the well-known “Road to Nowhere”, including paths passing through forests, eco-paths. The length of the paths intended for cycling is nearly 200 km.

The rest after the long trek

At the end of the day, when you need to relax and feel at home after a pleasant walk, head to the Balkan Jewel Hotel. This will be a vacation in Bansko that will stay in your mind for a long time.

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