I'm travelling to Bulgaria, Bansko resort, in a couple of weeks for a winter vacation with my family. Can someone recommend me a good hotel to stay, places to visit or share his/her experience? While having our vacation we will try to buy a house or an apartment there. Any ideas of an estate agent?
Search this site www.housebulgaria.com. They have many properties in Bansko area if you intend to purchase there
Here is another website where you can search for properties www.allbulgarianproperties.com Many estate agents list their offers their. Hope that helps you.
I alongwith my husband and daughter are planning to relocate permanently to Bulgaria. We would be grateful if you could give us information regarding the visa and work permit process you encountered in Delhi, guessing that you went to Bulgaria from India. Where in Bulgaria are you located? Are you living there permanently with your family? Any information on Bulgaria and your experiences would be gratefully accepted. If you have any advise for us please do not hestiate to give it.
Sam & Aureen
Hi Sam and Aureen,
I have moved out to bulgaria, originally having bought an apartment in Sofia. I now live up in the mountain village Govedartsi, near the popular ski resort Borovets. I have to warn you about Bansko, as far as investment goes it is likely you will loose money, as it has been over-developed, to quickly and now expereinces things such as water shortages in the winter due to this. I went up last week, it is a dust pit! Couldnt have the windows of my car open because it was so dusty. Location is not great either it is over 2 hours from sofia airport, whereas Borovets is only about 1 hour, and much nicer. There are plans to expand Borovets, though already it is popular and very busy in the season. Some of the apartments built in Bansko will have to be pulled down, it is a nightmare!
I have bought 3 properties over here, but my advice to you would be stay away from Bansko, if you have no booked you accomodation yet. You could maybe go to Borovets, and take a drive up to Bansko to see it for yourself. I run a small B and B in Govedartsi, which is close to Borovets, so i have loads of experience about the area if you want to know any more. My main advice would be come over and take a drive around to see what areas you like, the country is so diverse. Also view anything you buy yourself, I know it sounds stupid, but a lot of people have bought off the internet, and found that the photos where very deceiving. Get in touch if you want to know anymore! I have travelled the country a lot looking for the right house, but well worth it!
Thanks for the information. When we come to Bulgaria we will be renting an apartment and then will be looking around for houses. Sam is a Teacher in Special Needs and has more than 20 years of experience in this field. We have decided to stay in or around Sofia coz' of job and english schools.
Are you an Bulgarian or another country citizen? Do you have any information regarding obtaining a Resident Permit. We are planning to come with a short stay visa hopefully valid for 12 months and during that time apply for a Residence Permit. We would like to know what documents they ask for obtaining a Resident Permit. How long does this process take?
Do you know of any Indians settled in Bulgaria? I am asking this since we can get full information regarding the visas and the process they went through at the Embassy of Bulgaria in New Delhi. Here in India obtaining a visa is quite difficult for any Indians. My husband is English and my daughter and myself are Indians.
Awaiting your feedback. Thanks
Well residents permits are not really available for expats now we are in the EU you if you have UK passport you can get 1 year stay permit. after which you reapply for a futher 3 years, but this seems to change as and when they feel like it! if you would like I could give the details of some bulgarian people who would help you find an apartement.
You can try a Nica (France) like place at the BUlgarian Black sea coast at very low price. This is bargain believe me if you want a quiet and nice summer holiday!
Look at rejser
to find more!
If someone want to go at camping in Bulgaria
- there are many good places to stay - at Black sea coast and in countryside.
There are so many nice places in . Try to avoid the big resorts like Sunny Beach and Golden Sands. They are offering only mass tourism and laks a real bulgarian atmosphere. In the small sea-town of Balchik, with about 13.700 inhabitants you will find a very beautiful place. You can find it here for instance. Look for instance for summer . holiday and here. Use the Google translater tool, and the site is in any language you prefer. Balchik offers 3 small sandy beaches and have many nice restaurants right at the marina. Try the turbot, but it must be fresh from the sea. Then you will have a perfect and inexpensive meal overlooking the beautiful black sea. A bottle of nice local wine will cost about 9 Euros and a draft beer about 1,3 Euros.
Hi, everyone. I'm a new member and i don't know how to post a topic (yet). So i use this topic. I have a question: If somebody know how get to Sofia from Ivaylovgrad ?
Its not that difficult no matter where you are in Bulgaria to get around to the main cities. for you it would be best to grab a local bus to kardjali and from there you can get a main bus or train to sofia depending on what your budget is.
Price for the local bus anything from 10leva to 20leva and for the main one anything from 20 to 40 leva same really with the train.
Hope that helps
ALL the best
Thank you Sokoni, i'm very grateful. Do you know if it work inversely (from Sofia to ....) ?
Are you travelling to Bulgaria soon? Need any help please write here and it will be a pleasure to help.
No matter what you are looking for travel guide, news, weather, where to shop, train and bus transport information there is a lot one needs to know and I understand if you are stuck no finding the information you need.
The reason can be as most of the information can be on the website but in Bulgarian Language.
So hold on and I am sure some one will help on this forum if not me
For all Indians travelling to Bulgaria, this is what I found that everyone needs to read it:
A travel advisory from the Indian Embassy in Bulgaria:
It cautions Indians against travelling to bulgaria.
Hi Amit Agarwal
Do you live in Bulgaria? Have you ever been or lived in Bulgaria? The embassy of India in Sofia had to raise such articles after a night out by students went a little to far and hence someone got into trouble...
If you are a foreign student in Bulgaria or any other country one should respect the locals and their way of life before jumping to conclusions and thinking you know everything...
Anyways My wife and myself went to Sofia recently for the weekend of Diwali where The Embassador and his family invited all Indians residing in Bulgaria to celebrate the festival with them which was great and the next day the Indians got together and had a great party without no trouble as a lot of locals and other nationals where invited to both the functions.
Hope to see more Indians in Bulgaria soon!!
I am not in bulgaria but i would rather respect the travel advisory issued by the gouvernment of india rather than taking risk by listening to the advice of just one person even though you may be rite
For you information there are over 50Indians living and working in Bulgaria. I may be the only one active on this forum and so I think I will drop this discussion as you do not even have a clue where Bulgaria is and what this country and people are like.
They are very kind and generous while welcoming all Foreigners and unfortunate that people have been through some ordeal which is not on the good side.
While saying that How many people come to India and have their belonging stolen when travelling on local public transport?
I think you should get that statistics right before posting again.
The crime rate of Bulgaria is a maximum of 10% do you know what that means? One of th lowest crime rate in Europe and i am sure you will get the figures right at some point...
Take care and not everything on the news front is as one thinks...
Don;t assume things what you hear until you do not have experience of the culture