Nature in Bansko
Because of the unique biodiversity and spectacular natural formations of Pirin, the Government of Bulgaria has established over 40,000 ha of mountain protected area – Pirin National Park. It is a piece of nature that is a priceless Bulgarian and world heritage and is included in UNESCO’s “Man and the Biosphere” program.
The Dancing bears park is located in Rila Mountain at about 180 km south of Sofia. The park hosts 24 former dancing bears which were held in captivity and later rescued by volunteers and “Four paws” – the animal protection organization. Dancing Bears Park Belitsa, was founded in year 2000 and after the expansion work in 2003 to 2004, it now covers over 120,000 sq. m. of natural terrain. Until 2007 all of them were rescued and set free in the park.