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.
Veliko Tarnovo was awarded the prestigious award for the most comprehensively developing tourist destination for 2015. Recently the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association awarded its 20th annual awards for professional achievements in the field of hotel and restaurant management.
The Old Bulgarian capital was honoured for his significant contribution to the development of a tourist destination with permanent season, for the substantial improvement of tourism infrastructure and attractions and for increasing the quality of the tourist and catering services.
Highly praised was the effort of Veliko Tarnovo and local tourism enterprises working consistently for a concept that turns the town and region in a prestigious, authoritative and desirable destination that virtually offers all year round tourist season with good prices and high quality services.
The role of the Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo Municipality was also noted – he is the only acting mayor of a municipality in the country that has profound experience and considerable contribution to the development of tourism. Before being elected Mayor of Veliko Tarnovo, Daniel Panov was manager of the Tsarevgrad Tarnovo Municipal Tourism Agency.
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.
Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) will release the new 2 leva coin on December, 7th. It has a diameter of 26.5 mm and bears the image of Paisiy Hilendarski. BNB has minted 12 million leva in 2 leva coins waiting to be put into circulation.
The National Bank also stresses that banknotes with a nominal value of 2 leva (1999 and 2005 emissions) will continue to be legal tender after December, 7th.
The lifespan of a bill is between 13 and 14 months whereas a coin lasts 30 years.