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...more
Regional historical museum was discover in 1935 and this is the biggest and the oldest in the middle RhodopiIt 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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
Offers local food, ethno atmosphere, the food is very delicious. The only thing I didn't like were the prices - higher than average, but it is worth trying.
Smolyan has two bus stations. One at the Western end of town (bul. Bulgaria) with connections to Sofia and Plovdiv and another one in the opposite direction (Kvartal Ustovo, ul. Trakia) with connections to the Eastern part of Bulgaria. Both bus stations are connected by city buses as they are about 10km apart.
Traditional music and dances are quite popular in Bulgaria (at least a lot more popular than in Germany).
The weekend I visited Smolyan the town hosted an international festival for folk music and dances. It was really interesting to see the different colourful costumes (my hotel was full of participants) and to listen to the music all day. And that even for free...