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Smolyan, Zlatograd
Pamporovo, Chepelare, Momchilovtsi, Rozhen
Batak, Tsigov Chark, Rakitovo
Peshtera, Bratsigovo, Krichim, Perushtitsa, Vacha
Devin, Dospat
Asenovgrad, Bachkovo and Arapovo Monasteries
Trigrad, Bujnovo, Yagodina
Croses peak, Narechen, Chudnite Mostove

Smolyan was created in 1960 by the three villages: Ezerovo, Rajkovo and Ustovo. Ezerovo was to Smolyan lakes. In XVII vek Turks impose Islam here and kill some of the local population. Converted to Islam created a new settlement Pashmakli near Black River, then renamed of Smolyan, in honor Slavic tribe Smolyani. Other villages Raikovo and Ustovo - commercial and craft centers.

In Smolyan are Meramovata, Sarieva and revival houses, Historical museum and art gallery. The Black River bridge is 3 centuries. Smolyan Planetarium is the largest in the country. Landmark in the neighborhood Raikovo is Pangalova House (1860) and the old Konak (administrative building of the Turkish Empire). Here is the Monument of the lives for the liberation. Church Sv. Nedelya is a richly decorated iconostasis. In Ustovo is Mednikarskata bazaar (old market for copper products) and the Church of St. Nicholas with rich paintings and original architecture.

The Smolyan's lakes are called “The Emeralds eyes of Rhodopes”. In the past they has been 20, but today are only 7. The deepest and the most beautiful is "Mutno leak". Here there are a seat lift through peak Snejanka. Near its is Smolyan’s water-fall.

Zlatograd is 300 km. from Sofia, 150 km. from Plovdiv and 70 km. from Pamporovo. Around it, along its southern hills crossed the Bulgarian-Greek border. At the entrance of the city is magnificent monument Hajduk Delyo. Zlatograd is old history. Are stored over a hundred monuments of culture from the Renaissance period in the largest architectural reserve in the Rhodope. Traditional houses impress with their whiteness, round chimneys and the peculiar combination of architectural elements. The oldest church in the Middle Rhodopes is the Assumption.

Chapels St. Atanas, St. Sunday, St. Elijah and St. Constantine and Elena are four top above the city. Were built as a cross and believe that protected the city. As eco-marked trail leading to the historic reserve St. Sunday. If the weather is clear, hence can be seen in the Aegean Sea. Other scenic spots for relaxation are the Varbitsa river and Dam Zlatograd, located 3.5 kilometers west of the city.

Pisanitsa village is southeast of Pamporovo, about 6 km north of Smolyan. The village was founded about 300 years of Bulgarians fleeing from the Turks. According to local legends, courageous woman Mara has kept up the approaches to the village and killed every Turk who dared to go to him. Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was consecrated in 1885.

Golyam Perelik Peak (2191 m) is the highest peak in the Rhodopes, 20 km west of Smolyan, one of the most snowy places in Bulgaria (snow lasts about 7 months). Avalanche danger is low. Hut Large Perelik the highest Rhodope hut (1960 m), works only in summer. Are built around the hut and several bungalows.

Smilyan village (1600 inhabitants) is 15 km. south of Smolyan, in the valley of the Arda River and is the largest in the Smolyan region. The first written report about the village is the Tipik in Byzantine military commander Gregory Bakuriyani, founded in 1083 Bachkovo Monastery. To conversion to Islam during the XVII century, in the village was located Smolyan bishopric. The mosque was built on the ruins of a burned in church 1670 in St. Peter and Paul. Today the village is one of the biggest Churches in the Rhodope Mountains.

Agriculture is the main occupation, there is growing popular large beans. The village produced some of the most delicious cheeses and Yellow cheeses in Bulgaria. In late August is organized a large fair, which is a contest for the most beautiful and milk cows. Arda River and its tributaries are the favorite spot for many fishermen.

Mogilitza village (460 inhabitants) is close to the border with Greece, on the Arda River, 25 km. south-west of Smolyan, 920-950 m altitude. During the Byzantine Empire came here for hunting and recreation representatives of the highest aristocracy. Near the village there are remains of three forts and the road from Thrace to the Aegean. South of Mogilitsa in the Protected area Padala. Caves Uhlovitsa, Borikovska, Nadartsi, Goluboitsa are a small part of the study in area caves.

Unique feudal castle Agushevi Konatsi is only preserved in the Southeastern Europe, built in the middle of the XIX century to the local ruler Agush Aga. Agushevi konatsi was the summer residence of the rich Turkish ruler, represent a complex of buildings, many courtyards, tunnels and secret chambers. The complex is surrounded by thick defensive wall with towers. One of the towers is very high, with small windows and beautifully painted interior walls and eaves of the roof.

Uhlovitsa Cave is one of the underground palaces of the mountains, 3 km. northeast of Mogilitsa. It has a very beautiful formations that resemble sea coral. Nature over the centuries has created a true pageant of corallites and helicates. The cave ends with 7 beautiful lakes that early spring is filled with water. Largest lake to descend the stone spurts of brilliant summer waterfall. The cave is 1040 meters above sea level, the temperature inside the whole year was 10-11 degrees.

Arda village is a small beautiful valley not far from the source of the Arda River, 30 km from Smolyan and 2 km. from the border with Greece, 900-1000 m altitude. The village is surrounded by wooded rocky hills and broad meadows. The climate is cool in summer, beautiful sunny autumn, snowy winter and spring flower. In clear weather in the distance is visible the blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the island of Thassos (only 47 km.). There is a sanctuary of Dionysus, the ruins of the early Christian church and many caves.

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