Quick guide to Bulgaria European Property Location

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A Guide to Life in Bulgaria Introduction

Bulgaria is one of the most exotic countries in Europe due to its stunning beaches surrounded by the Black Sea, rich culture, beautiful churches and winter sports activities. Bulgaria is steeped in history, with the first Bulgarian Empire dominating most of the Balkans in the 9th and 10th centuries, Bulgaria was also under Ottoman Rule which began in 1393 and ending in 1453. Bulgaria, since then, has grown economically and culturally, a major achievement for Bulgaria was joining the European Union in 2007.
 

Living costs in Bulgaria
Bulgarian money is called Lev, which is broken down into 100 stotinki for each Lev. The exchange rate fluctuates of course, however the Lev is pegged to the Euro at 1.95583 (12/09/2012), which of course will differ depending on where you exchange your currency and the fees that they charge. Bulgaria''''s cost of living is around half the price of Western Europe, with leather items and clothing being some of the most cheapest goods to purchase. You will be able to enjoy a 3 course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant for under 20€, a pint of local beer for around 1.05€ and even pick up a packet of cigarettes for about 2.50€ (Cheaper if you pick them up from one of the many roadside cafe/shops dotted across Bulgaria). These are excellent prices if you are used to the cost of these items in Western Europe and are planning on taking a holiday in Bulgaria. If you are thinking about moving over to this beautiful country, then the can find yourself renting a one bedroom, city centre apartment for under 250€ a month, astonishing when you compare that with the prices of accommodation in somewhere like the UK! Buy a property on auction and you could own a home for less than £5k!


Top places to visit in Bulgaria
Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria and one of the most visited places in Eastern Europe. With so much to see and do, it''''s no wonder that people come back here time and time again. The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is one of the number one attractions in Sofia and the whole of Bulgaria due to its stunning architecture and gardens, as well as the hundred year old history behind it. There are also plenty of churches to see in Sofia such as the Boyana Church which is now a World Heritage Site and a must see for those visiting this enchanting city.

For those that prefer sunny beaches and buzzing venues then the third largest city in Bulgaria, Varna, is the place to visit. Renowned for its busy night-life, including parties on the beaches that go on until the early hours of the morning, as well as the activities that these beaches provide in the daytime, it won''''t take long to work out why Varna is called the Summer capital of Bulgaria.

An interesting location is Gabrovo which is in the centre of Bulgaria and the perfect location for those who want quick access to other Bulgarian cities, the Balkan mountains and the ski resorts in Uzana. There are many museums, monasteries and galleries to visit in Gabrovo or you can use it as your base to visit Veliko Turnovo and other popular Bulgarian cities.
 

Conclusion

There is so much to see and do in Bulgaria, from the historic city of Sofia with its many beautiful buildings, to the bustling summer city of Varna that is packed with activities and night-life. The cost of living in Bulgaria is at least half the price of much of the UK and other Western Europeans countries, meaning that whether you are just visiting, or planning to move over to this Baltic beauty, you can be sure that you can enjoy yourself for a lot less money.

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