Monthly Archives: October 2013

Rousse – The Modern City And The Beautiful Nature Parks

Rousse is a city of many contrasts. It once was one of the most important cities along the River Danube but with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire its importance waned. It has, however, been blessed with a legacy of some of the most wonderful examples of Central-European architecture dating back many years. Not for little reason has it been called the Little Vienna. Unfortunately this grandeur is only found around the centre of the city whilst the suburbs have been modernized under the communist administration. The city of Rousse has a population of about 150000. It is situated 320 km North-East of Sofia, 200 km North-West of Varna and 100 km North of Veliko Turnovo. The closest airport is the Bucharest one at a distance of about 70 km.

The surrounding area offers variety of recreation opportunities and one can enjoy the beauty of the region. The most outstanding natural feature is the Roussenski Lom Natural Park which is in essence a meandering river that has carved a deep gorge through the landscape. The result is a scattering of small villages that are either perched on the cliffs overlooking the gorge or are nestled at the foot of the gorge. In both instance the views are quite spectacular and unique.

There are lots of beautiful spots:

The ruins of the Mediaeval Town of Cherven – the key town of Northeast Bulgaria in the 14th century. Because of the great historical importance of this place the property prices start from 15,000 EUR for an old house that needs entire renovation. The nearest villages Koshov, Tabachka and Nisovo are also of great interest. Here you can check severalgood examples of properties for sale in this area: a typical house for renovation , a renovated property , another renovated property , a house in need of finishing works .

The archaeological reserve “The Rock Churches” where the visitors can see well preserved frescoes of the mediaeval art from the 15th Century. It is included in the list of world Cultural and Historical Heritage of UNESCO. Ivanovo village is preferred by people who consider the close proximity to the city as one of the most important features together with the excellent roads which lead to it. Property prices are similar to these in Cherven, Koshov and Tabachka.

Basarbovo Rock Monastery: It is 12 km from Rousse, in the rocks close to the village of Basarbovo. One property which deserves attention is this great newly built house just 13 km from Rousse.

Orlova Chuka Cave which is 50 km long and reaches Romania beneath the river Danube. Near the cave there are many villages: Chilnov, Ostrica, Shirokovo , Koprivets and Pepelina. The prices of the properties in this area are cheaper because it is farther from the city. You can find an old rustic house at a price starting from just 8,000 euro. An excellent property can be bought in these areas for under 30,000 eurosuch as this ready-to-move-in 2-bed house. Cheaper deals are also available.

Considering the broad and diverse attractions of The Roussenski Lom Nature Park every visitor can find something of interest. There are signed routes for hiking, cross-country riding and biking, eco- educational trails and places for observing birds and predatory mammals.

The Lipnik Forest Park is the city’s closest recreation area. It is a wonderful place for fishing, water sports and outing. The most expensive in this area are the properties in Nikolovo village which stands on a lake and provides excellent views. The prices there normally start from 50 – 60 000 EUR for a modern big house with stunning panorama. In this area most of the houses are recently built and more luxurious in comparison to the old styled houses along the Roussenski Lom River Valley. A sample of a lovely house in this area very close to Rousse is provided here.

EU Citizens Are Allowed To Buy Land for Residential Purposes in Bulgaria in Their Name

The regime of ownership of land plots for residential purposes was changed in Bulgaria in the beginning of 2012. Now citizens and companies of all EU and EEA countries are allowed to own residential land in their name without the need to register a Bulgarian company. The change happened after the expiration of the 5-year moratorium which was allowed by the Treaty of Accession of Bulgaria to the EU.

The change of the legislation applies to plots of land which fall into the settlement borders – towns, villages and hamlets – and which are often referred to as regulated plots of land. The regime for ownership of land with different status such as agricultural plots and forests is not changed and foreign individuals and companies will not have the right to possess such plots until the end of 2013.

For all other foreign persons, who are not citizens of EU or EEA countries, the overall restrictions to buy land in Bulgaria are still valid, which means that they need to register companies.

As this is a new regulation of the market, there are some differences in the procedures in the various regions of the country.

If you own property in Bulgaria through a company and would like to understand the particulars, please contact us to discuss your situation and advise you about your options.

Off The Beaten Track: Vitosha Mountain

Vitosha is the most visited Bulgarian mountain. It is situated just above Sofia – within an hour you can be far away from the noise of the capital. Many people accept it as a big park where one can walk following signed paths and enjoy nice landscapes. However it is a high mountain and should not be underestimated – the highest peak Cherni vrah is 2290 m (the meaning of its name is ‘black peak’). The access points are from the fringe quarters of Sofia where rich Bulgarians have built luxury houses at the mountain foothills – Dragalevtsi, Simeonovo, Boyana, Vladaya, Knyajevo and others.

One easy way to get there is using the lift starting from Simeonovo quarter and reaching Aleko hut. The area around the hut is quite developed and can be even crowded during the weekends. There are few ski slopes for beginners and advanced skiers. From Aleko hut to Cherni Vrah is less than 2 hours – for those who like challenges.

The other lift which can be used starts from Dragalevtsi and reaches Goli Vrah /meaning “the bare hill”/. This is a plateau area suitable for long walks. Those who are not afraid of climbing can get off at the middle station and walk through the pine forest until they reach the flatter top area. There is also a nice monastery within 40 min walk up the hill from Dragalevtsi.

One of the most beautiful destinations is Zlatni Mostove – about 2 hours walking distance starting from Vladaya. This is a natural phenomenon – a rock river. The big rocks are covered with golden lichens which give the name of the place meaning “golden bridges”. You can climb on the rocks for fun and try to “walk up the river”, have a sun bath on them or just enjoy a lazy picnic in the open. You can reach Zlatni Mostove also from Aleko hut passing through Vitosha Plateau and going down – it is 2-3 hours easy walk without steep descends.

Another interesting tourist track starts from Boyana. There you should definitely visit the Boyana Church with its preserved medieval frescos – it is listed as a world cultural heritage from UNESCO. The aim is Boyana waterfalls – there is a bit of climbing but the walk along the river and the final destination deserve the effort.

There are so many other places to visit. We are sure that once there you will find your way. It is also very easy to say “Dobar den” to the smiling elder tourist who walks slowly following his usual path and you will get loads of information where to go, what to see, how far it is and so on.