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Things to do in Smoljan

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“"The wonderous bridge" is a collection of natural arches that are up to 50 meters high and provide for beautiful views and a lovely place to stroll in the Rhodope mountains..”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Magical energies abound in these mountains south of Plovdiv, offering its own culture worth experiencing! Pine trees, mythology, rock formations, and ski resorts. You must try "patatnik"!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cave
“Yagodina cave is situated 50 km away from Pamporovo. It is located in the rocks of the longest Bulgarian gorge – the Buynovo gorge, 9.5m long and shaped by the Buynovska river. The Yagodina cave is one of the most famous and most-visited caves in Bulgaria. Buinovo gorge was shaped by the destructive river power, digging the marble layers throughout the centuries to the point of creating the amazing natural phenomena. The rocks around the gorge are hundreds of meters high and at their narrowest point are called “The wolf’s jump” – locals say in winter the hungry wolves cross the gorge there to attack the nearby sheep farms. Just a legend though, yet, it is fact that at some point the two gorge banks are so close, they almost touch each other. The Yagodina cave is third longest in Bulgaria and the longest in the Rhodopes – 10km. The cave has 3 main floors and 2 intermediate; only the third (the lowest) is open to public and with electric power. There are 3 entrances, 2 of which are human made. The natural cave entrance leads to the first floor. The annual temperature of the opened to tourist section varies between 6 and 8°C, humidity is 90%. Sea level at the entrance is 930masl, 937 at the exit, vertical drop – 7m. The cave exploring started in 1963 from Chepelare speleologists. 5 meters away from the natural entrance a prehistoric dwelling was discovered – it dates back to the 4th millennium B.C. The ancient cave inhabitants left artifacts as ceramic oven, ceramic pottery, weights for a vertical loom and other tools. The cave is popular with its unique cave formations – sinter lakes, dendrites, ‘curtains’, ‘leotard skin’ (different in colour layers), multiple stalactites, stalagmites, stalactones and the unique cave formations – the cave pearls. There are 22 cave forms out of 28 total. Some of them resemble different characters and are named after them – Santa Claus (Diado Koleda), Snow white, The Virgin with the Child, animals and fantastic creatures.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Premise
“The Smolyan Lakes are located on the left slope of the valley of the Cherna river and north into the Orpheus rocks and Mount Snezhanka (1926 m asl) in the Rhodope Mountains. The lakes are scattered throughout the whole valley, from the Orpheus rocks to the town of Smolyan. In the past, the lakes were about 20 in number, but today only seven are well formed, whereas the others have turned into swamps. During the spring and fall, in the place of some of these marshes, small lakes reappear. Others are transformed into fishponds.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“The mystical Devil’s Throat Cave is located 50 km away from Pamporovo, in the marble rocks of the famous Trigrad gorge. The gorge is situated along Trigradska river basin, encompassed by magnificent in shape and size rocks. It is an area under protection. At some places the distance between the two banks is 300m, but at the very gorge they are 100m from each other. The West bank rocks are 180m high, as the East banks they reach 300 – 350m height. These vertical sizes make the Trigrad gorge third in Bulgaria, coming to size. The first attempt to enter the cave is made in 1962. The cave is an abyss, created 175 000 years ago following the natural process of earth sinking as a huge tectonic opening has taken course. The waters of the Trigrad river are going down the gorge, falling from 42m rock, forming the highest underground waterfall on the Balkans. Because of the thundering noise, the cave’s main hall with the waterfall is called also “The Thunder hall” (Buchashtata zala). The cave is the second largest in Bulgaria. RIt is 110m long, 40m wide and its height comes up ti 35m. 400 meters from the entrance the water disappears down a sump, more than 150 meters deep, and when it emerges from the funnel into another cavern about 60 meters long, the underground river exits the cave and flows out among the mountain peaks through another cave. The tour begins in an artificial gallery that leads visitors along the waterfall into the “Hall of Thunder.” There are 301 breathtaking steps descending alongside the thundering waterfall. The view of the roaring water and the enormous space of the cavern below are truly impressive. There are three impressive man-made sculptures. The first is at the cave’s entrance and resembles a devil’s head, and down its throat rushes a massive waterfall that from ancient times has captivated imaginations and given birth to numerous legends. The second is a man’s figure, carved in the stone of the Buchashtata Zala. There is a small spring with a tiny altar with Holy Virgin on it. An interesting fact about the cave is that nothing carried into The Devil’s Mouth Cave by the river emerges from it. Many attempts have been made to track pieces of wood and other material through the cave, but they all vanish without a trace on the underground river, arousing curiosity and tantalizing the imagination. Experiments performed with dyes have shown that it takes more than 1, 5 hours for the water to traverse the short distance from one opening to the next, fueling speculations about an extensive system of underground streams in the cave.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Neviastata Ecopath is situated in a very accessible place on the road between Smolyan and Pamporovo and leads to one of the symbols of the town - the Neviastata rock. You will easily find it, as there is the entrance of the St. Pantaleim Monastery and the road to the Smolyan Fortress. There is a convenient car park where you can leave your car. It's good to bring water because I did not see anywhere on the way.”
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“For groups of at least 6 persons. Day and night sessions possible. Prices vary between five and ten leva per person.”
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“The biggest Planetarium with an astronomical observatory in Bulgaria is located in Smolyan. It started operations in 1975 and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the town.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“At 1928 m above sea level the Snezhanka TV tower offers grand views over the Rhodope mountains. There are a number of small restaurants and tea-houses where you can grab a bite. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Premise
“The bridge was built in 1515 - 1518 upon the remains of an ancient Roman bridge on the road, linking the Aegean region with Northern Thracian valley through the Makaza pass. Great place for picnic! :)”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“The National Astronomical Observatory of Rozhen is located on the Rhodope peak of Rozhen, at an altitude of 1,750 m. The observatory was established in 1981. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“The name of the bridge is not a coincidence. An interesting marked path reaches the bridge for around 1.5 hours hike from Galabovo. Great for a summer day trip from Slivka.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Traditional restaurant placed at the peak Snejanka offers traditional fresh food & beverages. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“An Old house,build in the typical bulgarian Revival style, there is a small dining rooms decorated with original artefacts.And you can enjoy a delicious Rhodopean meals!The best one : "Sach","Cheverme" and "Patatnik "!”
  • 1 local recommends

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