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Considering the move

# 1
Misha Fitt
Hi I'm New here

My British husband and I (Non-EU) are considering the move to Bulgaria.

I'm hoping someone will be able to inform me of whether it is in fact a good idea, the best villages to consider and any other info that I can use to research this big move.

Any books or blogs you could recommend?

5 January 2014 17:34:04 Reply Quote
# 2
Suggest you go on .gov website first for legal information of sorts for requirements of how long you are staying ,visas etc.
10 January 2014 23:05:40 Reply Quote
# 3
The first question is are you looking for work, stay around Sofia. If not, avoid Sofia.... go to the coast or Veliko Tarnovo
7 May 2014 09:42:31 Reply Quote
# 4
The first question is are you looking for work, stay around Sofia. If not, avoid Sofia.... go to the coast or Veliko Tarnovo

^^ a point well made!

If you have time, research Bulgaria. There are so many 'hidden-gems' of wonderful amazing villages for you to choose from. All depends upon what is of primary importance, for example:
Mountain views - nearly everywhere - I love Velingrad for that SW
Rivers - Ruse overlooking the Danube and other similar cities NE
Sea views - Varna / Burgas East-Coast
Preference between North/South or East/West
History and archaeology - more or less all over - Veliko Tarnovo is amazing

Once you get an idea of your preferred location, to then find a 'suitable' village is much easier. Be warned, do research the different ethnic-Mixes. Some villages will be totally unsuitable for Ex-Pats!

What I have found is most Brits who have 'bitten-the-bullet' (if you will), settle-in quite quickly and make the village 'their-own'. They embark on inclusive activities with the local villagers and are generally welcomed.

There is so much to Bulgaria to see, do and experience. Once you've found your place, travel by car/city-to-city buses is relatively inexpensive. On these travels, no doubt, you will wish that you have a 2nd/3rd/4th home. All dotted around the country. The scenery is breath-taking, the air very clean and fresh, so much natural flora sprouting absolutely everywhere. Little to no pollution, heavily under-populated and hardly any traffic to speak of!

Bulgaria really is an addictive country!

Good luck wherever you finally decide to settle. Property prices are ridiculously inexpensive as you've no doubt found out!!

13 May 2014 23:11:30 Reply Quote
# 5
1.> Wiki is still a good source and relevant

2.> For sheer inspiration - check out this photo gallery:
13 May 2014 23:14:17 Reply Quote
# 6
Hiya, u don't mention ur ethnicity which could be important as many areas have racist enclaves.
Pick a village with a strong mayor and few Roma and you cant go far wrong.
It all depends what type of environment you wish to live in. We got exactly what we hoped for. Lots of empty homes, very quiet, 2 acres, views of mountains, stream at the bottom of the garden, forest 5 mins walk. All for 7,000Eu.
Go back to blighty with crime, crowding and stress? Not on ur nelly.
Main gripe is medical, closer to third world unless private which with pre existing conditions is only for the wealthy!
17 May 2014 09:55:27 Reply Quote
# 7
Lynda Watts
Hi........I am new to the site and, like Misha, am considering the move ................from Turkey (my husband and I are both Brits).
The comments so far have been very helpful and exactly the sort of information I'm looking for ................. please 'keep 'em coming' !
11 July 2014 09:04:16 Reply Quote
# 8
Hello Lynda,
If you are thinking of coming to the Burgas Region our company would be pleased to assist. Please see our website for further information and you can contact us through our website:
20 July 2014 04:33:57 Reply Quote
# 9
Depending on your age (medical assistance and possibilities to go out) I would consider the surrounding of a little bigger city. I have a house near Troyan in the mountains, but Veliko Tarnovo is better for younger or older people. Dont go directly to the coast, life is more expensive. If you go have a look around Kaliakra which is calm. Dont go to Ruse and Pleven (air-polution).
21 July 2014 23:01:47 Reply Quote
# 10
odd can`t get your link to open ?

31 July 2014 21:19:50 Reply Quote
# 11
martin tina
Eric we live and and have worked in ruse area for over 7 years in a village called Babovo air pollution what are you on the city is not polluted or the area . we bout here because it was so clean the air . any city on a busy day can have bad air . any one wishing to check out Ruse area for property we have a two bed self contained apartment attached for guests only 150 lev a week . or just stop in for a chat and a cup of English tea . martin & Tina
13 September 2014 14:52:54 Reply Quote
# 12
Hi Tina and Martin,
Thanks for the invitation, but my holidays are over, was 1 month in Troyan area in my new house. Lots of thermal baths, was superb.
I was only once in Ruse, but I am really in love with Tarnovo.
By the way, as I am not English, I prefer Rakia
18 September 2014 22:54:41 Reply Quote
# 13
www.bulgarianbritishpartership.co.uk has a typo
should be
18 December 2015 10:53:16 Reply Quote