Bulgaria is most often recognized as a summer or winter travel destination. However, that is far from everything that this beautiful land, neatly nestled on the Balkan Peninsula has to offer. For the more creative and inspiration-seeking travelers, the ones who are not afraid to step off the beaten path of mass tourism, Bulgaria can be a total wonderland in every season. And because we don’t expect you to simply take my word for it, we are ready and more than happy to prove it.
Before we started writing this post, we knew that to successfully convince you in our words, we would need extra help from someone who sees and captures Bulgaria in a unique and powerful way. Luckily, we didn’t have to search long, as we knew the perfect guy for the job. Meet, Alexander Sandev from Alexander Sandev Photography.
Born into a family of artists in 1974 in Sofia, Alexander’s childhood passed in between multitudes of albums with reproductions of classic masterpieces and endless conversations about art. His first passion was drawing, but in a moment’s notice photography took over and has had him in her grip ever since. As the years passed, he graduated the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” and continued to follow his passion wherever it took him. “Often, the photography aspect of my life, takes priority over my work and that really makes me feel alive and genuinely happy with what I do…and with the opportunity to share with everyone, all that I see.” As per his friends’ suggestion, this past summer, Alexander led his very first Photography course for beginners in Sofia. “It turned out to be a very exciting and fulfilling experience, especially when one gets to see the daily progress of his own students.”
A picture speaks a 1,000 words. In that spirit, today we are letting a small collection of Alexander’s truly breathtaking photographs of Bulgaria do all of the talking. Who knows, they might even inspire you enough to book a ticket, pack a bag and head over to some of these places and see them for yourself?! If that happens, make sure you don’t forget to come back and tell us all about your journeys. We’ll be waiting. 😉
Now, go on, scroll down and discover “Bulgaria in Every Season” as it was seen through the lens of our friend and very talented photographer, Alexander Sandev!
(note: click on any one of the images for a stunning resolution)
A sunny and fresh winter morning in Sofia with majestic views of the Vitosha Mountain in the background. “As strange as it might sound to some, it is this exact view that keeps me coming back to Bulgaria after every trip abroad”. -Sandev
January walk through Sofia’s “South Park”. It’s a frosted, winter wonderland!
The highest point in Vitosha Mountain, Cherni Vruh (translation: Black Peak) ironically in the winter turns into a fluffy, soft whiteness. The skiing conditions here are exceptional.
Spring in the gorge of the rivers Erma and Iablanishka, near the town of Tran in Western Bulgaria. “Every year, if not even twice per year, I make it a point to stop by this region. In the Spring, the two rivers are the fullest and most beautiful.” -Sandev
Early morning, the April sun gently stroking Belogradchik’s reddish rock formations, while in the background, the Balkan range, also known as Stara Planina (translation: Old Mountain) is proudly showing its snow-capped peaks.
Take an April walk in the Iablanishka river gorge near the town of Tran. Your next adventure surely awaits you just around the corner.
An enchanting waterfall, located a few feet behind the Etropolski Monastery also known as Holly Trinity and one of the most beautiful ones in Bulgaria. It is situated in the Balkan Mountains, 5 km from the town of Etropole and 81 km NE from Sofia.
Summer outing though the Balkan range and especially in the foot of the Raiskoto Praskalo (translation: Heavenly Waterfall) is always an excellent idea and a total treat.
“The Pony” in July. A mystical and magical peak in the Pirin Mountains. If you are feeling adventurous, this is an excellent place to “take a walk on the ledge of the world” and cross it off your bucket list.
A two in one virgin beach in Sinemorets presents you with a choice of two waterfronts: the Veleka river or the Black Sea.
In August, the majestic peak Vihren and highest point in the Pirin Mountains is a refreshing refuge from the heat below. Head out for a great day of hiking, breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air.
Summer evening near Belogradchik.
The last warm, summer waves roll from the Black Sea onto a beach near the village of Sinemorets, as another September day quietly winds down. Great opportunity for a romantic walk on the beach.
This serene and golden October oasis in Vitosha Mountain National Park, can be found just 20 minutes outside of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital and largest city.
Warm Fall afternoon on the rolling hills of the Rhodope Mountains. This is one of the most picturesque regions of Bulgaria.
The Turn– the most photographed place on the banks of the Arda river and dam Kurdjalii.
To see more of Alexander’s work visit Alexander Sandev Photography and/or Alsand Photography .
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