Opinions about whether Russians live well or badly in Bulgaria can be heard radically opposite. It all depends on how much time has passed since emigration, in which city the family has stayed, what do the adults do and where they work. When planning a move to this part of Europe, it is important not to confuse the life of a migrant and a tourist and make allowances for the fact that the euphoria of “how everything is better here than at home” will someday pass.
According to the National Migration Service, which regulates and guides this process, in the period from 2000 to 2021 about 5200 people from the CIS countries moved to Bulgaria. Most of them managed to legalize on the basis of Bulgarian roots.
Moldovans take the lead in the overall ranking. The general list of countries-suppliers of migrants looks like this:
A separate group should include those who have just received the status of a residence permit. Most of them are students or property owners.
In general, the Russian diaspora today is the third largest in the Bulgarian territory. Russian settlements in Bulgaria can be found in Sofia, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv.
The bulk of the immigrants are middle class or wealthy Russians:
How Bulgaria treats Russians in 2021 and how it was 50 years ago have completely different contexts. The older generation still remembers the former friendship and the Soviet past that united the peoples. Young people have to shape their views in modern realities, in conditions of political instability and the migration crisis.
And yet, according to those who chose this country as a new homeland, they did not feel any obvious difficulties in relations with the local population. Bulgarians are still friendly towards Russians, with due respect and understanding.
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How to get Russian up to 200,000 euros from the European Commission. Rural tourism program. PRSP
We are starting a new project in Bulgaria from the new 2015 year. The aim of the project is to get the maximum amount under the Euro-financing - Rural Development (RRDP) program in Bulgaria. Go through all stages of the "Development of rural tourism in Bulgaria" program yourself, from the moment of purchasing land to obtaining all permits and licenses. The so-called “soft 312 PRSP” is the creation of jobs in rural areas and employment of rural residents.
Time flies. Many people want to get a residence permit in Bulgaria. Many also receive a residence permit in Bulgaria through a representative office of a foreign company - as the most optimal and budgetary option for the whole family. Many people living here also help a Russian to open a business in Bulgaria.
We chose this Eurofinancing program - PRSP - because it is interesting for us to develop rural tourism and combine it with small production. And in the past, we have opened two projects for the construction of photovoltaic parks based on this 312 code. We know how to open mini-hotels and hostels from scratch, and in 2014 we opened 4 units in Sofia for our clients. We will create a new blog in which we will describe all the steps from scratch to develop rural tourism, until we receive real Euro-financing to the account. You will have enough funds to start a project
The place was chosen on the Danube in the Lomsk region. Plot 3000 m2, the house has a renovation house needs, from the Danube 100 meters waddling with a fishing rod. Although you can choose another option, practically throughout Bulgaria, in the countryside, according to the list existing in the European Commission.
Before I got to the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria was associated with me exclusively with tomatoes and rose oil. But here I was not on the well-known to us, Russians, the Black Sea coast, but in the mountains in the south-west of the country, on the border with Greece.
The population of this Bulgarian region is overwhelmingly rural. They grow vegetables, graze sheep and cows, make feta cheese and yellow cheese, which is called kashkaval here. Here, almost every house has a vegetable garden, as in Russian villages. In the summer after work, local teachers, mechanics, and builders rush to "the second shift" - to water, weed, and spud.
Of course, it was very interesting for me to look behind the fences and see what is being grown here. By the way, this could be done completely openly - the locals are friendly and responsive, and many middle-aged people know a little Russian, which they learned at school in Soviet times. So they showed us everything, told us everything, and even treated us to it!
The three main cultures of the area, the three main dishes on the menu are potatoes, beans and corn (the prince, as she is called here). Every self-respecting owner has beds with these plants. Vegetable gardens can also be located outside the village: here and there along the road or along rivers you come across potato fields, corn thickets or picturesque scraps of bean ridges.
But tomatoes here, as in the Russian central lane, are planted in hotbeds and film greenhouses: the coolness that comes down from the mountains in the evenings, which this culture does not like, affects.
The village of Smilyan in the Rhodope Mountains is considered "the main one for beans". There is even such a thing as "Smilyansky bean", which is born here so large that it got into the Guinness Book of Records! In October, they harvest here, and in every house all the free space - rooms, attics and terraces - is occupied by beans and corn folded to dry. And in November there is a festival of beans, and in local mehanas (tavern-like restaurants) the hostesses organize culinary competitions. What they do not come up with - salads, and soups "fasul chorba", and beans in breadcrumbs, and beans in pots, and boiled and stewed, and even a cake made of beans!
Potatoes are no less popular here. Moreover, local varieties, as they say, "national selection", turned out to be incredibly tasty. I already forgot when I tried these potatoes!
Of course, here you will have beans, or potatoes, or corn for lunch. Since the cuisine is not only vegetable, but also shepherd's, one dish here can be full of food for a long time. For example, "trahana" - meat stew with the addition of beans, corn, onions. Unpretentious, but very thick - both the first and the second course together! Or “kachamak” - corn porridge, also very thick (it can be cut into pieces), which replaces bread here. It is eaten not only with feta cheese, meat, cheese, but also with honey or jam.
One of the most interesting Rhodope dishes is patatnik, a large potato pancake. This dish is the size of a frying pan, of course, not for one - it should be enjoyed in a warm company of friends or family members. It is very tasty to eat it with "kiselo mlyako" - Bulgarian yogurt.
Bulgaria is a very special country! There is everything you need here: the mysterious East and beautiful mountains, fields, forests, lakes, rivers and the sea.
Sights of Bulgaria and tourism
The variety of natural landscapes gives a special flavor, warm winters and long summers make your vacation unforgettable. Any trip to Bulgaria will be a pleasant discovery. After all, there are remnants of all the main civilizations of the ancient world: the Thracians, Byzantines, Greeks, Romans, and even the sites and cities of ancient people.
In some places in Bulgaria, special places have been created, where to this day the traditions and customs of the ancient Slavs are preserved in the form of rituals, festivals and distinctive folk culture.
Traveling with a Russian speaking guide will facilitate the journey and ensure safety and comfortable communication. After all, a Russian tourist is viewed by the local population as a bag of money, and without proper accompaniment can get into a very unpleasant situation.
People who want to move to Bulgaria for permanent residence, such a trip will broaden their horizons and help with the choice of the final place where they would like to live.
Services of ordinary travel companies may not be affordable for ordinary people, what should you do in this case? Is it possible to save money on travel and excursions in Bulgaria? The answer is yes - "YES!"
Bulgaria is a country of contrasts, golden sands and well-groomed nature.
It combines ancient architecture and modern monuments, magical landscapes and huge amusement parks, art and globalization. Its inhabitants are cordial and hospitable, and nature will help every city dweller to truly relax and restore health. Here you can find a quiet and peaceful corner to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. But, as in any country, there are nuances here that should be taken into account when planning your trip.
Bulgaria is a country created for more or less budget holidays.
Despite frequent changes in exchange rates, prices are still acceptable here. It makes no sense to pay a few thousand euros here to live in a good hotel by the sea, eat delicious food and choose entertainment to your liking.
Here you can have a hearty meal for 20 euros for two, including drinks and alcohol, and at the bar you can pay only 3 euros for a bottle of wine.
Besides, large portions are a priority for Bulgarian restaurants: one dish will be enough to fill you up. Specialties: fried cheese, local baked fish (served in the morning) and seafood dishes.
If you want to cook yourself, it is better to buy food in the markets. It will be more expensive in local stores and supermarkets, and the fruits there, most often, are stale, and the cost of berries is prohibitive.
Note: if you live somewhere in the city, far from the sea, take a look at the spa services.
Prices in urban centers are much lower than in seaside ones, and service and quality of procedures are much higher.
There are exceptions, but they are rare.