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A Quick Look at Property in Bulgaria

Affordable skiing, beach resorts, an old-fashioned rural lifestyle lost to Britain long ago, property in Bulgaria costs as little as £5,000. We could be talking about Spain or France of 30 years ago.  

Eastern Europe is still an unknown quantity for many British property hunters, but it shouldn’t be. Prince Charles was so bewitched he bought a couple of country homes just over the border in Romania a few years ago (paying a not very princely £12,000, apparently). Bulgaria is also an exciting choice for an inexpensive countryside property, or a ski apartment, or a real “getting away from it all” option, among exceptionally friendly people and with the lowest living costs in Europe.

There was a flurry of British interest in Bulgarian investment properties in the mid-2000s. Sadly, not many people made any money from it, but it left behind an infrastructure of English-speaking agents and property professionals to smooth your purchase now. 

Bulgaria is a beautiful and vibrant country bursting with potential. The population of seven million lives in a country the size of England. In the west is the capital, Sofia, with a million people. Once described as a “shabby Vienna”, it’s not shabby any more but has wide leafy boulevards made of yellow cobbles and attractive czarist-era buildings. An hour or two’s drive from Sofia are the ski resorts of Bansko, Borovets, Plovdiv and Pamporovo. Go in summer and those mountain resorts are still open, but for golf, spa weekends, wine-tasting, hiking, cycling and climbing.

In Bulgaria’s hills you’ll come across a life largely unchanged for centuries: shepherds using huge dogs to guard their flocks from wolves; horses and donkeys a perfectly normal mode of transport. There’s fantastic wildlife too. You might hear wolves howling at night but don’t worry, along with the bears, wildcats and jackals, they stay well away. You’ll see pelicans roosting in rooftops, however, eagles and vultures above and beavers in the rivers.

In the east of Bulgaria is the Black Sea coast, several hundred kilometres between Turkey and Romania and including such well-known resorts as Sunny Beach, Golden Beach and Burgas. There’s more to the Black Sea than soft sand and warm sunshine (the climate here is a little less hot than southern Spain in summer), there are more bohemian towns like Sozopol and ancient ruins in classy, pricy Nesebar. Big resorts like Sunny Beach are packed in summer but the season is fairly short and they tend to close completely off-season, so for permanent relocation be careful to see it in winter.

There are year-round flights to Sofia and charter flights to the coast in summer.

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