Bulgaria at a glance
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5 Places to Visit in Bulgaria in your Photo Tour
A surprising country on ancient land, Bulgaria is a place of contrasts. You can still find vestiges of the old Thracians as well as medieval castles and Communist-era buildings. The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, is a big city where skyscrapers pierce the clouds and walls are covered in street art. A mere couple of hundred kilometers from it, you will discover ancient mountain villages in spectacular unspoiled natural areas. A Bulgaria photo tour will take you on a montage russe of emotions and will become one of those life-changing experiences that you never forget.
It was difficult to select only 5 places to visit in Bulgaria, but we trust that you will find this information both entertaining and enticing. Keep on reading to see our favorite locations for a Bulgaria photo tour.
The breath-taking Kardzhali Dam
Deep in the Rhodope mountains, surrounded by lush vegetation and snow-capped mountain peaks lies one of the most spectacular views – the Kardzhali Dam. Seeing a picture of it will not prepare you for the sense of wonder you will feel when you get there during your Bulgaria photo tour. What’s better, of all the places to visit in Bulgaria, the Kardzhali Dam is relatively unknown. This means that you will be able to enjoy its peace and serenity and get the time to take extraordinary photographs. Whether you are going on a Bulgaria photo tour or on your own, this marvelous location is a must.
The ancient Trigrad village area in the Western Rhodope mountains
Far away from civilization and located in an extraordinary beautiful mountain meadow, the Trigrad village area is one of the best places to visit in Bulgaria for many reasons. The archaeological finds in the area suggest that this village has been there since ancient times. You can see cave dwellings and settlements that belongs to the Thracian civilization. During your Bulgaria photo tour, you will also get the chance to capture unique landscape photographs. The Trigrad village area is situated in a magnificent and ancient pine tree forest with lush meadows of colorful mountain flowers. What’s more, near the village there is a complex cave system where you will find the famous Devil’s Throat Cave. Supposedly, this was the cave that Orpheus used to reach the Underworld in his search for Eurydice.
The Ortsevo area & the Pomak people
One of the best places to visit in Bulgaria if you want to discover interesting traditions is the Ortsevo village. Located deep in the Western Rhodope mountains, this picturesque village holds a fascinating community of Pomaks. During your Bulgaria photo tour, you may get lucky and witness a Pomak wedding which is one of the most interesting traditions. During a wedding, the Pomaks paint their faces in extraordinary ways and have a series of dances and rituals that will fascinate anybody.
Visiting Rila Monastery during your Bulgaria Photo Tour
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage, Rila Monastery is a stunning construction founded in the 10th century. As opposed to the other places to visit in Bulgaria we mentioned, Rila Monastery is, usually, packed with people who have come to marvel at this spectacular building. However, this shouldn’t stop you from visiting it during your Bulgaria photo tour.
The medieval charm of Veliko Tarnovo
With its fortified walls, cobbled lanes, and magnificent Tsarevets Fortress, Veliko Tarnovo is one of the most charming places to visit in Bulgaria. Whether you are going on a Bulgaria photo tour or are visiting this beautiful country on your own, Veliko Tarnovo should be on your list. Discover the medieval beauty of the City of Tsars, the breath-taking pine forests around it and the old crafts shops on the charming cobblestone streets.
CULTURE & TRADITIONS
It’s hard to travel to Bulgaria and not be impressed by the depth of its tradition, culture, and art. From ancient Pagan Kukeri festivals to spectacular cathedrals, Bulgaria is awash with cultural experiences to rival anywhere else in Europe. As you will discover in your Bulgaria photo tour, even in the smallest rural villages, ancient churches are home to beautiful religious iconography and the most magical of festivals. Experiencing the mythical dancing of the Kukeri under fire light will transport you to another world. All of this is set amongst incredible landscapes of high alpine mountains, sheer cliff faces and mighty rivers which you will get to see during your Bulgaria photography tour.
WEATHER & CLIMATE
Some of the best places to visit in Bulgaria are in the mountains, which is why the temperatures you will experience during your Bulgaria photo tour will be lower than the daily average for that time of the year. Bulgaria is cold during the winter, especially in the mountains where temperatures can reach -10 C/14 F. Sometimes, there are cold air outbreaks from Russia and the snow can get really high. In the spring, the temperatures are mild, with daily averages between 15 C/59 F to 21 C/ 70 F. The summer is very hot in Bulgaria, with peaks of 40 C/104 F. The autumn is the ideal time to visit Bulgaria for a photography tour as the temperature gets cooler, but not cold and there aren’t many showers of rain.
Bulgaria is situated in the heart of the Balkans, bordered by Romania to the north, Macedonia, and Serbia to the west, and Greece and Turkey to the south. Bulgaria’s total land area is approximately 42,800 sq miles. Given its relatively small size (approximately equal to that of Iceland), it has a wide variety of landscapes from the Danubian plains to high plateaus, the Rila, Pirin and Balkan mountains to low-lying basins and deep river valleys to the mild and sunny Black Sea Coast. During your Bulgaria photo tour, you will get the chance to experience this beautiful variety of landscapes and discover the best places to visit in Bulgaria.
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Ghost Villages of the Borovitsa Reservoir
During your Bulgaria photo tour, take a moment to appreciate the eerie beauty of the remote villages of Borovitsa and capture unique moments of the small communities gathering supplies for the upcoming winter.
The Spectacular Devil’s Bridge
An impressive medieval construction, the Devil’s Bridge offers multiple composition options. Play with the water trails, reflections and slow shutter speeds to capture stunning photographs during your Bulgaria photo tour.
Go black & white in the Pirin village
With only 100 inhabitants and deserted stone houses, the Prin village is as beautiful as it is melancholic. It is the perfect location to try your black & white photography skills to evoke the haunted feeling of this remote mountain village.
Portrait photography with the Pomaks
During your Bulgaria photo tour, you will meet the Pomak people. You will get the chance to capture stunning portraits of the people living in this fascinating community and, if you are lucky, you may even witness a Pomak wedding.
The narrow-gauge mountain train
Experience a unique trip with the narrow-gauge mountain train and use the occasion to take beautiful photographs. Capture the people singing on the train, the lush scenery and the spectacular views.