Sofia, Bulgarian's capital, is about 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Sandanski.
While it can be tempting to limit yourself to just the local sights when holidaying in Sandanski, remember, Bulgaria's abundance of scenic wonders lie just beyond your doorstep. Examples of places in the vicinity of Sandanski are Bansko, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southwest, and Razlog, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the southwest.
To get a real sense of a region, it's good to revisit the past. Bulgaria's rich old towns are a marvellous place to start. The area around Sandanski has been blessed with some wonderful churches, sure to move both atheists and the faithful.
If the best vacation for you and your family is focussed on the outdoors and enjoying the cold weather, Bulgaria will be perfect. Skiing is popular here. Snowboarding is also available in the area. If you feel like kicking back a little, why not try out sunbathing or bird watching.
Long-time travelers know that regional foods are a good technique to truly experience a destination. Kiselo mlyako (yoghurt) and kashkaval (yellow cheese) are just two key ingredients. Try out the popular menu items including shkembe chorba (tripe soup) and tarator (cold soup). Mliako s oriz (rice pudding) is a good way to finish your meal. Kick back and try zagorka, a much-loved beer in Bulgaria. To try a typical non-alcoholic drink, try mineral water.
When you are ready to pack up and say "Doviždane" to Sandanski, you'll have plenty of happy memories to take home.