Dobrich city guide
|Europe property market - Bulgaria|
30 km west of the Bulgarian Black Seas Coast lies Bulgaria's 8th most populated town – Dobrich. First settled somewhere back around the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, the city has a long and rich history.
Dobrich was believed to have been a thriving town until the 11th century when Pecheneg invasions completely destroyed the interior of the city and left it uninhabited for centuries. Finally the city was resettled in the 16th century by the Turkish merchant Hacioglu Pazarcik. In fact, the city bore his name until 1882. From the 17th to the 19th centuries the town developed as a place of unrivalled handicrafts and trade and became renowned as an agricultural centre. It was famous for its weaving, home-spun tailoring, coppersmith’s trade, leatherwork and agricultural products.
Dobrich saw an influx of immigrants at the beginning of the 19th century when refugees from Eastern Bulgaria arrived to settle in a less volatile part of the country. Although the region was briefly governed by Romania, it was quickly reclaimed by Bulgaria in 1940.
Today Dobrich is the second largest economic area of Bulgaria’s North East region. It has exceptionally good support services for people looking to start businesses in the city and will go out of their way to encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners. In this respect, Dobrich is an ideal spot for expats looking to relocate. If you are interested in opening a business or being self-employed, then Dobrich is one of the best places to be in Bulgaria.
Similar to other parts of Bulgaria, the cost of living in Dobrich is very reasonable when compared to many of the bigger cities in the country. It is also far more affordable compared to European or western standards. However, do not be fooled into thinking that everything in the city will be less expensive than back home. Certain aspects of life in Dobrich can be quiet expensive.
Amenities such as local and long distance telephone calls, heating and electricity and water usage are under strict control. Each telephone call is billed while heating and electricity are subject to power cuts in the winter and can become very expensive because Bulgarian winters can be cold and the homes are poorly insulated.
Although there is currently not a very big expatriate community living in Dobrich, there is a sizeable number of people settled there for those who may be a bit homesick or just need a helping hand when settling into their new surroundings.
Dobrich is an interesting and lively place where an expat can get plenty of support if they want to open a business, find work or simply live.
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