Welcome to the forum
We have been living in a very popular village (with Brits and Bg's alike) near Yambol, since Dec 2006.
I kept a diary of our move here and the first year, which you might find helpful, and we are still here now despite the difficulties we all seem to be faced (with builders mostly) we enjoy our new life here.
The region is very rural, but the town of Yambol, though not as pretty as some, has all that you need with some of the bigger stores arriving recently in the town.
The area is not built up with big villages and towns, and is mainly rolling hills which is great for walking and cycling as pretty much flat (apart from the rolling hills) but where we are we do have very good views of the Stara Planina mountains and the old Monastery hills, and there are plenty of forests, lakes, nature reserves and local historical sites.
We are 2 hours from Greece, 1 from Turkey, and 1 and a half from Bourgas airport and the sea.
We walk our dog everyday through the sunflower fields and don't usually see a soul, apart from the odd donkey and cart occasionally.
The community is one where everyone knows everyone and everyone's business.
The people are very friendly and nosey, but helpful most of the time, they can be as frustrating as they are fantastic.
They are very proud of their history and they celebrate everything with great energy and passion, which is wonderful for us to be part of.
They mostly live off the land, and there is a kind of local bartering system going on, we did grow our own veggies last year, but we seem to be given more than we grow.
I am sure you will be able to arm yourself with enough information from the site, but if you want to ask me anything at all don't hesitate.
Enjoy the forum