- beginning April to middle/end June
- beginning September to end of November
Old name of Sandanski is Sveti Vrach (Saint Healer) - the sunniest Bulgarian town with average sun shining 2450 hours per year. It is one of the best places in Europe for healing pulmonary diseases due to the low level of allergenic particles in the air. Climate is influenced by Mediterranean Sea. The small town is located in South-western part of Bulgaria. The hot natural thermal springs in the area make a significant recreational feature. What more is necessary for a perfect active holiday? Oh, yes! Mountains, and mountain forests and peaks, of course! The town itself is located in the southern slopes of the second highest Bulgarian mountain – Pirin, which is nearly 3000m and National park with 2 UNESCO reserves. Just nearby in the valley is Belasitsa Mountain Natural Park and 4 different mountains that vary from 1800m to 2300m. All of them are shining; all of them are made of crystals. They are full of trails for ALL LEVEL Mountain Biking, hiking, running - a real PARADISE. Small isolated villages, local people, local rural life, donkeys, tasty fruits and vegetables, GREAT LOCAL WINE…. are some of the unique features of that amazing area.
There is a lot of history here as well. An ancient land, Sandanski is the native place of SPARTACUS according to all antique historians. IN SITU is well shown a Roman center complex, including bishop's basilica as well as some of the biggest surface of mosaics in Bulgaria. Not far are the ruins of Heraklea Syntica – another big Roman town on the Balkans…
Here you can pick up some (or all ;-)) of my guided itineraries...
Pirin mountain – Sandanski area
Easy to explore some of the very nearby hills and villages around Sandanski located on the southern slopes of the imposing Pirin mountain. It will be a nice panoramic mixture of cheeky ascents and fast descents.
1 day, 2 ascents, 2 descents. Uphill on cheeky dirt roads and downhill on virgin singletracks with lots of switchbacks. Fantastic panoramic scenery towards Pirin mountain and, of course, crossing of small isolated villages where time is having a different measurement.
Belasitsa – Kongur Peak
Belasitsa’s ancient name is Orbelus which means shiny mountain. Ascent depending on the physical level of the riders but not less than +700m. From the Bulgarian-Greek border on the ridge follows 1700m downhill. not less than 2/3 is on single track.
Pirin mountain – Melnik area
Transfer. Ride uphill towards Pirin hut and the nice single tracks with dirt road section to the town of wine – Melnik. Transfer back.
Kresna area/Malishevska mountain
Another day with panoramic rides on the technical singles with panoramas towards the Kresna canyon and Struma river valley. 2 ascents, 2 descents on single tracks. Option for more prolonged ride.
A cocktail of different landscapes ride between the two mountains. As usual dirt road uphill and ride down on virgin single tracks. Visit of the ruins of Heraklea Syntica, the hot thermal springs of extinguished volcano Kojuh and the nice complex founded by the very famous Bulgarian prophet Vanga who passed away in 1996.