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Bulgaria is the pearl of Europe, which many people are looking for!

 

Few countries in the world have such a rich history, nature, an abundance of attractions, and many unique traditions as Bulgaria. 

And most importantly, this country is attractive not only for diverse tourism but also for year-round comfortable accommodation. Read on, and you will definitely find strong positive arguments to buy property in Bulgaria and enjoy the gifts of this truly paradise! 

 


Let us start with the main facts.

Founded: in 681. - The first Bulgarian kingdom

Area: 110,993.6 km2

Climate: continental in the north and Mediterranean in the south. 

Capital: Sofia

Population: approximately 7 million (2019)

Language: Bulgarian

Religion: Orthodoxy 

Currency: Bulgarian lion (BGN)

Bulgaria is a member of political organizations: EU, NATO, WTO, BSEC, OSCE, UN, Antarctic Alliance, Council of Europe

Time zone: EET (UTC+2, summer UTC+3)


➛ Bulgaria is located in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula in south-eastern Europe, at the "crossroads of worlds" between Europe and Asia. It shares borders with Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, and Romania, with the Black Sea in the east and the Danube in the north as its natural borders. 

➛ Four major airports: Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas and Varna. 

The two main seaports are Varna and Burgas.

Bulgaria is only 3 hours of flight time from all major destinations in Europe, Russia, and the Mediterranean region.

➛ Bulgaria ranks second in Europe in terms of the richness of its natural mineral springs, which number more than 700, second only to Iceland. That is why Bulgaria is a paradise for every spa enthusiast! The springs can be cold to 37 degrees, warm to 37 to 60 degrees, and hot to over 60 degrees. Mineral groundwater is available in Hisar, Haskovo, the village of Banya, Stara Zagora, Velingrad, and other cities.

There are nine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List in present-day Bulgaria.

➛ The longest rivers are the Danube 470 km and the longest is the Iskra 378 km. The rivers Kamchia, Ropotamo, and Veleka flow into the sea.

There are about 400 lakes in Bulgaria. In the Rila Mountains area, the largest Smdlivoye Lake, with an area of 212,000 sq m, and the deepest lake, Lake Okoto, with an area of 38 m. In the Pirin, the champion is Popovo Lake.

➛ There are over 4000 caves in the country. The most popular and well-known cave is the Passageway Cave, also known as the Eyes of God thanks to the natural "windows" in the vault, which have original shapes and resemble the shape of big eyes. Magura Cave has an abundance of stalagmites and stalactites and is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria, about 3000 m long. With its natural beauty, Devetashka Cave makes an indelible impression on any visitor, as if transported to another planet. Ledenika Cave is a kingdom of ice waterfalls, and Bacho Kiro Cave is like a mysterious labyrinth. 

➛ Bulgaria's highest mountain, Mount Rila, is also the highest in the Balkans. Its peak is Musala Peak (2925 m). The Balkan mountain massif (now Stara Planina), which gave the Balkan Peninsula its name, stretches across Bulgaria and divides the country into North and South, and on Cape, Emine meets the Black Sea.

➛ Ski resorts are perfectly equipped for lovers of active recreation in Bulgaria. The length of the slopes in Bansko is 70 km, in Pamporovo 30 km, in Borovets 42 km, and on Vitosha 29 km. The pistes are open for skiing on average from December to March, but sometimes you can glide down a snowy slope in May, and after 3-4 hours you can lie down on the Black Sea beach.

➛ The length of the sea coast in Bulgaria is 378 kilometers. In summer, from May to the end of September, Bulgaria offers an unforgettable holiday on the golden beaches of the Black Sea coast. Many beaches have won the Blue Flag international award for their cleanliness and quality seawater. The main cities and resorts that are popular with those wishing to invest in property on the sea are Sunny Beach, Nessebar, Albena, Golden Sands, Varna, St. Constantine and Elena, Obzor, Ravda, Elenite, Aheloy, Pomorie, Burgas, Sozopol. 

➛ The number of sunny days on the coast reaches 300 days per year.

 


Economic and other advantages when buying a property in Bulgaria:

 

Bulgaria has some of the most stable political and economic conditions in South-Eastern Europe;

ease of starting and running a business;

low tax rates for buying property, as opposed to Greece, for example;

company registration takes 3-7 days;

according to the IFC index, Bulgaria ranks 9th among Eastern European and Central Asian countries in terms of ease of doing business, much higher than neighboring Romania, Turkey, and Serbia.

The country ranks 8th among 183 countries in terms of ease of credit.

Bulgaria is among the top ten countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that best protect their investors.

EU funds worth approximately €1 billion have been allocated until 2020 for the development of infrastructure and rural areas. 


The Bulgarian economy has maintained positive trends in spite of global problems and the corona crisis;

Stable national currency and a two-year transition period for integration into the Eurozone has now started.

Favorable migration conditions for students, entrepreneurs, and pensioners;

The possibility for investors to obtain the right to long-term residence or permanent residence in a country that has joined the European Union, which is practically impossible in other European countries!

The country is compact, from west to east of the capital Sofia to Burgas and the sea, only 380 km along the high-speed highway.

Every year, work continues on the construction and renovation of road infrastructure, and it is a pleasure to drive a private or rented car here.

 

 

Interesting facts that few people know.

 

Bulgaria is one of the oldest countries in Europe and the only one that has not changed its name since it was founded in 681.

The oldest gold treasure in the world was found in Varna. In 1972, almost 300 graves were discovered in a necropolis in the industrial zone of the Bulgarian capital of the Black Sea. The artifacts date from 4600 to 4200 BC!

Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. For most of its 8000-year history, it was known as Philipopolis. By comparison, Rome is only about 2800 years old.

Two Bulgarian scientists, St. Cyril and Methodius, invented Cyrillic, which today is the third official language in the European Union. 

The Valley of Roses, located between the Stara Planina and Sredna Gora mountains, produces about half of the world's rose oil. Bulgarian rose oil is a protected geographical name. The season of collecting roses and festivities in the area at the beginning of June each year ends with the crowning of the Queen of Roses.

Bulgaria is the only country in the world that saved its Jews during the Second World War. Although the country was on Germany's side, Jews were never sent to concentration camps.

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the oldest Slavic Orthodox Church. 

 

If you are a nature lover

Bulgaria will impress anyone! There is a wonderful mountainous area - the Central Balkans (Stara Planina), the Rhodopes and Rila, Pirin, and Vitosha. Beautiful views, friendly people, and a great variety of wildlife, including those unique to the local flora and fauna. There are hundreds of hiking trails, campsites, and small family hotels with affordable prices. The sea and beaches, lakes, rivers and waterfalls, mountains and ski slopes, forests, and caves are all in a compact area with quick access to travel and excursions. 

 

A world heritage that is breathtaking

 

Thracian tombs in Kazanlak and Sveshtari

The Ancient City of Nessebar

Madarsky Horseman

Ivanovo Rock Churches

Boyana Church

Rila Monastery

Pirin National Park

The city of Melnik and Rozhensky Monastery

Belogradchik rocks

Central Balkan National Park

Natural Monument Stone Forest

and much more!

 

Bulgarian cuisine

Of course, the food here is very tasty, which you have probably never tasted before!  People often compare local cuisine with Greek and Turkish.  Strong wine and meat traditions, natural and healthy dairy and sour products, fruits and several harvests a year as in neighbouring Greece, a variety of authentic dishes. The country's location at the crossroads of cultures and its rich history have created a unique culinary paradise in Bulgaria.

 

Bulgaria is the largest wine producer in the world. Wine growing on Bulgarian soil has a long history that dates back to the Thracians. Fans like Sir Winston Churchill loved Broad-Leafed Melnik - rumor has it that he ordered 300 liters of pious nectar annually.

 


Culture

Bulgaria has a rich, centuries-old cultural history. With the adoption of Christianity in the 9th century, Bulgarian culture became an integral part of European culture, but nevertheless, its authenticity remains to this day.

There are many Bulgarian traditions and festivals that often receive a "Really?!" response from foreigners. For example, dancing on hot coals - Nestinars, which is held only in one region of Bulgaria on the southern Black Sea coast. Many of them originate from pagan rites or have Christian roots and have been strictly observed over the centuries. Bulgarians are very proud of their traditions, culture, and heritage. Love for their history is reflected in everything from food and songs to dancing and jewellery.

 


Religion

There is no official religion, and most religious Bulgarians are adherents of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Religious minorities include Muslims, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Gregorian Armenians. The Protestant minority includes Great Commission Christians, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals. 

 


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