In the stars hall of the Planetarium are shown more than 70 programs(sessions ) - programs-tails for the kids , learning sessions and thematic for a wide auditory There are programs for foreign guests - Russian,French,German,English,Greek and Turkish.There is a cycle of special programs - music and poetic and they are injecting the variety of star performances.
Regional historical museum was discover in 1935 and this is the biggest and the oldest in the middle Rhodopi
It has around 150 000 museum articles found in the years in the Rhodopi Mountain.
In the exposition there are archeological ,historical and cultural objects.The earliest date from before the middle paleolithic (100000 - 70000 year B.C.).
There is permanent exposition caflled "Cultural historical heritage from the antiquity to nowadays" including Prehistory,Traki and Middle ages and ethnografic expositions including - Ritual Props,Traditional Rhodopi craft,Rhodopi architecture and Traditions.
Uhlovitsa is the name of the cave in an area called Blue Pools near Smolyan.It is one of the 100 national touristic places in Bulgaria.
Its length is around 460m , 330 of them are well-explored. It is located 1040m above the sea level.The temperature is 10-11 degrees.You can see the White waterfront at the end of the cave and also you'll find corallites .
it was discovered in 1976.The name of the cave comes from the Bulgarian word of street-ulitsa.
This is the highest peak near Pamporovo(ski resort)-1926m.On the peak there is TV tower.On the top there is a cafe where a wonderful view opens out to the mountains Rhodopi,Rila and Pirin.Even if the wheather is fine you can see the White Sea.
The popular ski resort of Pamporovo is situated only 15km to the North of Smolyan and if you're into skiing it's the place to go. Otherwise you can also just take the lift up to the Snezhanka tower from where you have fantastic vistas over the surrounding area or go hiking.
During my summer visit a lot of construction work was going on here, so it wasn't such a pleasure to walk around.
The planetarium in Smolyan was the first of its kind i found in Bulgaria. It has a couple of different shows throughout the week. The one I visited gave an explanation of the night sky and a tour of our solar system.
Admission is 2 BGN for the show in Bulgarian and 5 BGN for shows in other languages.
The Historical Museum is housed in one of those ugly concrete blocs in the centre of Smolyan. The exhibits range from archeological finds (lots of Thracian goods) to tradional costumes and tools.
There are labels in Bulgarian and English aswell as information sheets in a few other languages for each room.
The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and admission is 3 BGN.
The planetarium offers star shows in Bulgarian at 3 pm every day but Sunday and at 11 am on Sunday independant of the number of visitors; Additionally for groups not less than 15 people there are possibilities for shows at 9.30 am, 11 am, 3 pm, 4.30 pm; for foreign visitors the show is at 2 pm. (except on Sunday when the planetarium is closed). The program lasts about 40 minutes. After the program you may participate in a discussion with physics working at the planitarium.
There are possibilities for observations with telescope of the sun every day and of the stars on Wednesday nights.
This church is difficult to be missed. Located on the main street in New Smolyan district it is so massive (and ugly in my opinion). It is named St. Visarion Smolyanski.
There is mixture of architecutre style but still there are many typical Rhodope houses in Raykovo, Ustovo and old Smolyan districts.
It is called from the locals Roman Bridge but it dates from 18th century. As you can see on the picture the bridge is still in use.