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Bulgaria became a bit of a buzz destination for expatriates a few years ago with many Brits lured to the country due to the low cost of property.
In a recent article for novinite.com, Andy Turver of Yantra Homes looked at the reasons beyond financial that foreigners may wish to move to the country and more specifically Veliko Tarnovo.
At present it is estimated by the British Embassy in Bulgaria that there are around 3,000 Brits living the expatriate lifestyle in the country.
Of these, around 20 per cent or 650 people have chosen the region of Veliko Tarnovo, making it the most popular destination within Bulgaria to start a new life.
Veliko Tarnovo benefits from being in a geographically enviable position right in the centre of Bulgaria.
This is particularly useful for expats as it is situated equidistant between the international airports at Sofia, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv and Bucharest in Romania.
The area has a rich past as it was the capital of the second Bulgarian empire between 1185 and 1396 and many remnants of this time remain.
Tsarevets Castle and the Patriarchal Cathedral are among the fascinating buildings dotting the landscape and adding interest to the backdrop.
The town of Veliko Tarnovo is sat on a hill overlooking the Yantra River, but has a relatively modern centre, offering all the amenities needed by most expats.
It has put itself forward for the prestigious European Capital of Culture 2019 competition, reflecting the diverse museums, galleries and theatres on offer.
An active life is also well supported in Veliko Tarnovo as leisure complexes, sports facilities, swimming pools and tennis courts are plentiful.
Getting out into the countryside is easy enough and the forests close by are home to deer, wolves, foxes, wild boar and hares.
Many of the expats who come to live here are attracted by the stress-free way of life, the clean air and the friendly locals.
Since pensions go a lot further and the cost of living is low, it is easy to see why Veliko Tarnovo has charmed so many expats in recent years.
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