A map of Bulgaria showing the 3G and 4G coverage of one of the mobile operators. Veliko Tarnovo, where we are based, also benefits from the 4G connection.
As promised our new blog is about mobile phone networks, operators and plans. There are three major mobile phone operators in Bulgaria – Vivacom, Telenor and Mtel. The services and prices they provide are comparable. Within each provider prices per minute vary – you have to choose a mobile plan and decide what you want included in it and then see how much they will charge you. Generally speaking the longer the contract – the lower the price, the higher your monthly fee is – the lower prices per minute are. Also you can receive different amount of free minutes to spend talking and MB to spend surfing (we will talk about the internet in another blog but we now have 4G connection in Bulgaria) again depending on the monthly plan you select. These operators also have additional services like providing TV and landlines so combining them with you mobile plan means you will get even further discounts.
As everywhere around the world here you can have a pay-as-you-go SIM card or go for a contract. As expected prices per minute will be much favourable if you choose the contract. An important note to make here is that to get a prepaid SIM card you have to register it to your name – that is when you are buying it you have to show a valid ID. Top up vouchers can be purchase across the country virtually from everywhere – gas stations, post offices, supermarkets, newsstands, mobile operators’ offices
Here are links to the three major mobile phone operators:
Telenor http://www.telenor.bg/en the best site in English of all three.
Mtel https://www.mtel.bg/bg no English version here, sorry.
As a whole Bulgaria’s mobile phone network is extensive, covering the entire country. Mobile reception is generally very good; problems occur only in very remote and mountainous areas.
Next time we will tell you more about how and where you can pay your bills.
Gorna Oryahovitsa Aiport
Civil Airport of Gorna Oryahovitsa Consortium was given the concession of Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport, according to the draft decision of the Council of Ministers, addressed to the Mayor of Gorna Oryahovitsa Municipality, Dobromir Dobrev. The concessionaire was the only participant in the procedure for granting the right to operate the airport. The draft decision has yet to be voted at a meeting of the Council of Ministers which is imminent to happen. In two months’ time after the decision is passed the concession contract has to be concluded between the Minister of Transport, Ivaylo Moskovski, and the Consortium. The concession period is 35 years. The investments that the new operator will make for the duration of the concession will be not less than 32.1 million leva.
Although it took quite some time, things are really happening now so hopefully everyone from Veliko Tarnovo area will be able to fly to and from Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport. We will keep you posted with any updates!
So it’s all decided now and you are moving over to Bulgaria permanently? Great news! Sure you are wondering about the way of living here and how things are getting done. No worries! We are going to tell you about different aspects of everyday life in a series of blogs.
Tsarevets Fortess in Veliko Tarnovo
Today the blog is about the supermarket and superstore chains which you can find in Bulgaria. Many of the world renowned brands are represented here. We are based in the beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo or VT as some call it; the town and the area are highly liked by foreigners looking for the perfect place to relocate in Bulgaria. So we are going to tell you about the names you can find nationwide and those of them which are based in Veliko Tarnovo itself. Bulgaria is not a big country so getting to any of the places which you can’t find in VT is easy and won’t take long.
Organic Food Producers have voiced their request for a specially designated Farmers Marker where there can sell their fresh produce. According to them it will be best if it is held once a week at a place allocated by the Municipality. Talks about the exact location are underway now; farmers hope that it will be a lively spot which can be visited by everyone interested, like Marno Pole Park or Buzludzha Neighbourhood. Fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products will be offered at the Organic Farmers Market. Most likely the first edition of the event is going to be around Veliko Tarnovo’s Official Holiday – March, 22nd.
People in Bulgaria are nice and outgoing
A map of Bulgaria and its traditional styles of architecture
Have you thought about moving to Bulgaria? You have? So then probably one of the first things which come to your mind and you want to know is the cost of living here. It is definitely cheaper than living in the UK. Much cheaper.
The cost of some of the basic goods like eggs, milk and bread is around 30-40% less than in UK: a loaf of bread is a 0.33 p, 1 litre regular milk is 0.64 p and a pack of 12 eggs (although here they usually come in packs of 10) is 1.02 p. Prices of fruit and vegetables vary according to the season. In the summer time you can get 1 kg of tomatoes or cucumbers for as little as 0.30 p. Potatoes are within the 0.26 – 0.50 p range on a yearly basis and apples are selling between 0.30 and 0.80 p/kg. And with the approaching of the Christmas season prices of citrus fruit are falling – tangerines and oranges cost 0.45 p/kg and bananas are 0.80 p.
The ice rink
An open air ice rink covering 400 sqm is now operating in Veliko Tarnovo. It opened doors on December, 9th. The facility is set up in the parking lot at the northern entrance of Ivaylo Town Stadium. Last year the ice skating rink was placed in front of Vasil Levski Palace of Culture and Sports.
The owner of the rink keeps the good tradition he established and children from orphanages in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality skate for free. The fee for pupils and students is 3 leva per hour and for adults – 4 leva. A pair of skates can be rented for 2 leva per hour.
There are 250 pairs of skates available, ranging from size 27 to size 47. Also there will be free lessons for those who are not confident in their skating skills.
Let’s hope we have some snow for Christmas…
It is every child’s dream for Santa Claus to visit them in their homes and bring them the most wanted and awesome presents. They all hope they were really good during the year so that Santa doesn’t skip them in the night when all wishes come true.
Tsarevgrad Tarnovo Municipal Tourism Agency has come up with a brilliant idea – citizens of Veliko Tarnovo now have the opportunity to invite Father Christmas to visit their homes and to bring joy and delight to their children on 24 and 25 December 2015.
The stopover of the joyous, white-bearded man can be prearranged at the Tourist Information Centre Street at 5 Hristo Botev str and/or by phone – 062/622 148, 062/600 768 and 0887 659 829. The fee is 25 leva.