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Although not full-time travellers, we do our best to achieve slow travel. Also, we are renowned for our love of spring and summer. So what were we thinking when we decided to plan a super short city break to Warsaw right in the heart of winter? Honestly, not much. We had recently won a couple of Ryanair tickets at a giveaway and travel dates had to be between 14 to 16 February. So we thought we’d give Warsaw a shot. Knowing that winter in Warsaw can be harsh though, we didn’t expect to see and do much. Oh boy, were we wrong! Our Warsaw city break proved to be one of our favourite short trips to date and we fell in love with the Polish capital the second we laid eyes on its magnificent skyline.

It’s no secret that Bansko is Bulgaria’s most popular ski resort. Ski lovers from neighbouring Romania and Greece as well as the UK and elsewhere flock to the picturesque mountain town every winter. Yet regarding Bansko as a strictly winter destination is a huge mistake. There’s so much more in this quaint little town than its famous ski slopes and it is worth visiting all year round. You can find many articles about skiing in Bulgaria and Bansko ski in particular, so we’re not getting into this at all. Here’s our list of the top things to do in Bansko if skiing is not your thing or if you’re visiting outside ski season. Which you should, by the way.