Smolyan and the Region

Why Smolyan?

Smolyan is a municipal and regional, administrative, cultural and educational center of the region of the Rhodope Mountains. The city occupies most of the basin of the Black River. On both banks of the river in the west-east are the three large districts - "Smolyan", "Raikovo" and "Ustovo." The mountain town combines modern construction and traditional Rhodope architecture.

Middle Rhodopes offer excellent conditions for tourism. Diverse terrain - high peaks, surrounded by beautiful meadows and conifer and deciduous forests, long ridges cut by trails, rivers and rapids with crystal clear and cold water, sky blue lakes, majestic rock formations and slopes are everywhere in this corner of Bulgaria. Tourists visiting for the first time Rhodopes remain fascinated by lush meadows dotted with colorful flowers, majestic forests of spruce and fir, interspersed with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

Smolyan Lakes - seven in number, are located in the town of Mount Pass and landslides in origin. They are one of the most famous landmarks in the area and its diverse plant and animal world attract many tourists and fishermen. The highest lake is situated below the peak Sechimeka. It is the most deep (4.5 m) and has a length of 150 meters.

The favorable climate and the beauty of the mountain in all seasons, rich cultural and folk traditions have made Rhodopes attractive place for recreation and tourism. With the mountain is connected ancient legend of the mythical musician Orpheus.

Thanks to its numerous tracks and facilities Pamporovo is one of the most attractive mountain resorts. A number of natural conditions makes the resort an ideal place for summer and winter recreation.

National Astronomical Observatory is the fourth power in Europe, the biggest on the Balkan Peninsula. There are four towers, of which the highest is 38 meters. The telescope is designed for images, rather than observations, the diameter of the lens is 2 meters.

World famous are the performances of musicians and singers from the region. Proof of this is folk singer Valya Balkanska, whose recording of "Izlel is Delio rebel '" travels in the space station "Voyager". The Planetarium is one of the most popular places in the city for tourists. In his "star hall" You will feel part of the universe and will get a chance to "step" on the Moon.

The Rhodope Mountains are the oldest mountains folded in the Balkans. The presence of extensive karst areas has favored the formation of numerous caves. The majority of the caves are a real challenge for lovers of different experiences. Access to them is only a guide-cavers and cave and mountain clubs in the area provide the necessary special equipment and equipment.

Wonderful Bridges is a natural phenomenon in the Rhodope Mountain rock formations resembling bridges. Narechen a large spa complex, situated 620 meters above sea level. It is characterized by mild mountain climate, which in combination with mineral water and stunning scenery is the reason many people prefer it for their vacation.

If you want to experience the magic of the Rhodopes, to experience something unique that long to remember must visit some of the sights of the mountain. At its heart are the Smolyan Lakes. From time twenty pearly - emerald Rhodope eyes are now left only seven. Time is overlay alluvial soils and rocks, and this has caused backfill some of them. The lakes are surrounded by spruce forests that give them impressive and dark green color.


Tourist Routes in the Rhodopes

The tourist package "2000 years in one day" allows for one-day tour to the interesting "Eagle Rocks", located south of Smolyan, at the foot of Mount Kainadina. From the panoramic site of its top is a spectacular view of the three centers of the city, moving from antiquity to the present day. Gaze reaches huddled Smolyan waterfall situated above the rock necklace formed by rocks Bride Tiklarnika, Red Rocks and Hen stone.

Participants in the tour are fortunate to visit and see the old Roman bridge, sculptural compositions "Orpheus and Eurydice" and "Orpheus and Rhodope" age-old plane, Smolyan Lakes and the monument of Colonel Serafimov - still emblematic of the city sites.A lecture "Two thousand years Smolyan" in the area Mound reveals interesting and unexpected facts about the city's development and continuity of faith. In the "mound" in archaeological excavations discovered early Christian basilica, which is now preserved and waiting time here will create an archaeological museum "Medieval Smolyan."

"At the foot of peak Ardin" is another value proposition, collected many interesting sites to visit, concentrated in a relatively small area. In the three days of his trip tourists have the opportunity to experience the cave Uhlovitsa - emblematic representative of the underground wealth of the Rhodopes.

Addicted to the adrenaline you can embark on a more interesting adventure - penetration undeveloped water cave Golubovitsa. Passing through an underground lake and river with boats and equipment waterproof overalls is an experience you remember for a lifetime.

In the transition is on a visit and the spring of the Arda River - a century-old beech, which gushes from beneath the icy water of the biggest Rhodopes river. The climb to the peak Ardin, examining Agushevi Konak Mogilitsa and exposure lima community center in the village will consolidate your ideas for welcoming tourist location Smilian - Mogilitsa - Arda.

Package 'At the foot of Orpheus rocks " enables chose it within three days to visit some of the most iconic objects of Smolyan - trail "Canyon Falls" Reserve "Soskovcheto" Orpheus rocks, rock phenomenon bride and recently restored fortress Smolyan and placements in close monastery "St. Panteleimon".

“Каньонът на водопадите” е истинска феерия от цветове, звуци, скални форми и красиви гледки. Екопътеката преминава покрай 46 водопада с различна височина и форма, създаващи особено чувство на възхищение пред могъществото на природата. Панорамните площадки и местата за почивка по маршрута са гаранция за добро и запомнящо се прекарване сред прохладата на боровите гори край малката река Герзовска.

"At the highest was in the Rhodopes"It is the best way to combine nature and culture, climbing Rhodope princes Perelik Shirokolushki glacier and considering huddled Rhodope village of Gela, Stikal, salts and wide bow. Wide bow is considered the cradle of the Rhodope folklore. There you can visit the National School of Folk Arts and museum in Zgurovski Konak and narrow cobbled streets and unique architecture will keep you in memory of your experiences in the Rhodope Mountains long time.

Tourist region "Rhodope Mountains" and Smolyan Municipality have for you and other interesting proposals related to tourism festival. Every year in spring Wide bow is held traditional festival of mummers and masquerade games "Pesponedelnik" in Smilyan autumn can take part in the "Feast of lima". Both package 'Mummers in Shiroka of Pesponedelnik "and" Try the most delicious beans in the world "with an emphasis on cultural events, but also enable touch to the atmosphere of the Rhodope Mountains outside the traditional summer tourist season - namely late autumn and winter.