Dobrinishte is serviced by a single two-man chairlift which takes you up (after tackling the ropey drive to the base station) to a whopping 2500m and boasts one of the longest runs in Bulgaria!
The chair is literally the best place to start exploring the Pirin National Park and right at the top you have a pretty spectacular mountain lake (or ice pool…depending on when you visit).
There are a couple of hotels around the base of this chalet but our advice is head back into Dobrinishte because there are many self-catering options and some guest houses that are literally half the price of Bansko, only six km down the road.
There was some talk of connecting the peaks at Dobrinishte and Bansko together but this may have been property investors’ speculation more than fact. Keep in mind it took about 15 years to get the floundering Super Borovets scheme past the tree-huggers, so we doubt it’s worth waiting for this to happen before visiting this pretty, unspoilt little town.
As with Panichishte near Borovets, Dobrinishte not only benefits with its close proximity to Bulgaria's premier ski resort of Bansko but it too is also a location where therapeutic thermal spring water can be found in abundance with many of the small family run hotels having their own pools filled directly from the source.
Excellent value for money with all the trappings of Bansko less than a five minute drive away if you are looking for more.