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Rural and Urban Life

Rural and urban life are the choices when considering a move to Bulgaria. If you are not familiar with the county it is best to visit as often as possible.

Consider renting for a time to get a general feel of the country and it will give you the chance to search a wider area in your hunt for the right property.

The country has a vast amount of open scenic space with cities and villages scattered often some distance apart. The main population is spread between the towns and cities, and rural villages are left with an ageing minority. There are numerous points to consider before committing to purchasing your dream home after all it is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make in life relocating, so ensure it is the right choice. Here we list the advantages and disadvantages to rural and urban life in Bulgaria.

The Rural Life - Pros and Cons

The rural life can seem appealing when you visit Bulgaria, the peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, being away from it all especially if your life has been dominated by work and the rat race of the west. There is more open space with the options to have the extra pets, and chickens, grow your own vegetables, and maybe install a swimming pool the list is endless with a village house as many come with large amount of land. An option if raising children for a safer environment and teach them a different culture.

Most houses on the market in rural areas require some attention, from modernising to total renovation work. Delivery charges for large items and running a car can be an added expense if you have a strict budget.

Large villages often have a local shop selling amenities, a doctor, a school, a post office and a bus stop and are often some distance to a larger town. Smaller hamlets have nothing.
Living in the country enables you to pursue outdoor activities and hobbies that you may not have had time for.

If you have children the village schools age group is from 7-14 years, and then school is in the nearest town or city. Bulgarian children either stay with relatives, or pay a small fee to rent a room to stay in town for the week and return to the village at the weekend.

Heavy snowfalls can even make getting out the door for firewood a task, but a chance to catch up on indoor activities such as reading and cooking. Snow ploughs can be slow at clearing the roads, and shops run low on food until delivery vans can get from larger towns.

Bulgaria is prone to water shortages relying on reservoirs nearby which in the heat of a long summer can dry up. Be prepared to have a reserve system, or struggle with containers like the locals to the springs or wells to collect water daily you will find them in most villages.

Visiting local shops and bars will help, but remember drink driving laws are strict, so life can be restricted to the village unless you order a taxi. The community spirit can be enchanting with fewer people, like elsewhere neighbours don't miss a thing. Integrating is easier as the locals are often older and want to find out about the new foreigners. Invitations to test neighbours homemade food and drink, gifts of excess produce from their well stocked vegetable gardens and invitations to special celebrations will all come your way to enjoy in a village.

The Urban Life - Pros and Cons

Opting for a busier life in a town or city will be a complete contrast to the rural life in Bulgaria.
The main type of accommodation in the centre of towns and cities are apartments. If you are busy with work or retired and do not want the extra work of gardening, and maintenance on a large property this is a good choice. Apartments can offer lower costs on bills, compared to a large rural dwelling. Central Heating systems in apartments can be powered by electric, gas, oil or wood.

A car can be a hindrance in the city, there never seems enough allocated spaces for parking, especially if your neighbour has visitors. As with getting around, it is often easier and cheaper to use public transport. Many towns and cities like other parts of the world are heavily congested with few spaces to park.


Choosing a busier area will give you everything on hand schools, Hospitals, Restaurants, shops, theatres and cinemas.
People living in larger urban areas may not have as much time to be interested in you as in a village. A noisier environment, surrounded by neighbours may not suit some people especially if you are relocating and looking to change your lifestyle.


Cities also have problems with water shortages, and maintenance problems but not as frequent as rural areas. The winter can still cause havoc, but streets are cleared more often, so daily lives are not affected as much. The summers offer a relaxed atmosphere with bustling streets lined with pavement cafes, events such as carnivals and concerts and people enjoying the city life.

Bulgarian people, often have a good balance with an apartment in the busy city for the working week and a visit to family homes in quiet villages at the weekend. Renting can be inexpensive and may save a mistake purchasing in an area that does not suit you.When making your decision between rural and urban life try to sample both before buying.