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Moving House to Bulgaria – A Guide to Sofia

It is estimated that Bulgaria has at least 9,000 British expats living in the country, and a large number of professionals – including top managers – have organised moving house to Bulgaria to live in the capital, Sofia. This is the largest city in the country and is home to 1.4 million people. Some of the reasons why so many people from the UK are so keen to move to Sofia include pursuing a career or greater business opportunities – while others simply fall in love with the city.

Certainly, there are plenty of reasons why people organise removals to Sofia. The city which lies on the Balkan Peninsula, is a centre for education, media, culture and business, and is dotted with historical buildings, ancient ruins and breathtaking architecture, including orthodox churches and Ottoman mosques. And, if you move here, you are never too far from nature as it lies at the base of the hikers' paradise, Mount Vitosha – a much frequented tourist spot and ski resort on the Balkan Peninsula.

Dolphin Movers specialise in removals to Europe including home and office moves to Bulgaria. We organise house moves to all parts of the country including the most popular places for British expats to settle such as Sofia, and Veliko Tarnovo. Whether you are moving to one of the upmarket areas in the capital, or settling in one of the quieter areas outside the capital, we will provide a competitive removals quotation that will suit your needs. Contact us today to find out about more about how Dolphin Movers can help with your European removals from the UK.

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Where to Live in Sofia

There are some sought after areas which are popular with expats and are close to all the amenities. Many people who move to Sofia do so for work reasons and stay temporarily in rented accommodation. If you are moving house to Bulgaria, to live in Sofia, Tsarigradsko Shose Boulevard – the largest street in the capital – is one of the places where expats live and the street has seen recent construction work. Part of it borders Sofia's largest park, the Borisova Gradina, and it is also close to the Istok quarter, the most exclusive area of the capital.

Other places expats choose to live are Mladost 4 which is a modern, rapidly developing district near Mount Vitosha and is near the city's business park. It is seen as a clean and safe area of the city and is well served by public transport, cycle paths, schools and the most significant hospital. Raspberry Valley and the Monastery Lawns sector has plush apartments, although there has long been a need for improvements to facilities in these two areas in terms of roads, schools and medical facilities.

Working in Sofia

Sofia is an attractive place to live for professionals and business people as it is the commercial hub of Bulgaria; many international companies have a base here, and the Bulgarian Stock Exchange is situated in the capital. It is also a centre for manufacturing and an outsourcing destination for major, well-known companies such as IBM, Siemens and Hewlett-Packard.

Teaching English in schools is among the popular occupations for British expats to take up, if they are moving house to Bulgaria, along with jobs in customer service and sales. If you are moving to Bulgaria to be with a partner, there are various job sites advertising posts for English speakers online.

International Schools in Sofia

If you are moving to Sofia as a family, there are some good international schools and local private schools. These include the Anglo-American School in Pancharevo village, which accepts children from nursery to Grade 12; the British School of Sofia, for children from nursery to 18 years, follows the British national curriculum; Darbi College teaches lessons in English and provides A-level qualifications and the American College also offers schooling for secondary level pupils.

Shopping in Sofia

Sofia has some good shopping streets, centres and markets to splash out in. The most expensive street is Vitosha Boulevard where many of the tourists also shop. Shopping centres include The Mall, which is the biggest centre in the country, Paradise Mall and Serdika Mall. The largest outdoor market – for fruit and vegetables and cheap clothes – is Zhenski Pazar.

Brief History of Sofia

Sofia has its roots in ancient times and was once ruled by Alexander the Great. The city is said to have been established because of the superiority of its mineral water springs; there are seven of them in total.

In the 12th to 14th centuries Sofia was a wealthy city with a reputation for its trade and crafts. It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the late 14th century and over the next two centuries mosques and bathhouses were built. In the 1940's it was invaded by the Soviet Red Army and the People's Republic of Bulgaria was founded.

From then on it saw a rapid growth in population and many new residential areas were constructed. The Republic of Bulgaria was established in 1990, and the country became a member of the EU in 2007.

Places to Visit in Sofia

Sofia has a number of museums, churches, historical buildings and open spaces to visit. Among the most popular attractions is the awe-inspiring Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is one of the world's oldest Orthodox churches. Open daily, it also has a museum to visit. The medieval Boyana Church is another must-see and is a true gem with its fascinating ancient frescos. The Museum of Socialist Art – with its outdoor sculpture park – is an interesting insight to Bulgaria's past, while art lovers will enjoy spending time in the National Art Gallery. If you are moving to Bulgaria with children, the zoo is always a big hit for youngsters and adults alike; and adults who like to solve puzzles, should try out their problem solving skills in the Escape Rooms.

Food in Sofia

Some of the food in Sofia is similar to Turkish food and includes grilled meat, stews and main meals with yoghurt. Among some of the dishes you will find are Banitsa, which is filo pastry layered with various fillings such as mincemeat or spinach, moussaka and stuffed cabbage. A common drink to be found in Bulgaria is a yoghurt drink called ayryan.

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