Smolyan is a town in Southwest Bulgaria. It occupies the narrow gorge of the Cherna River in the East Rhodope Mountains, and has 34 000 residents. Once the Slavs' tribe of smolyani inhabited the area and gave the name of the settlement. The magnificent nature, mild climate, its closeness to the mountain and the Pamporovo resort attract tourists all year round.
It became a town in 1960 after unifying three villages- Smolyan, Raykovo and Ustovo.
Numerous houses and churches from 17th-19th centuries have been preserved up to the present day. Some of them are: "Pangalov’s house" (1860), "Sgurov’s house" (1866), "Alibeev’s town- hall" (1751), "Kelev’s house" (1860), etc.
The architectural and ethnographic reserve called Cheshitska mahala is located in the district of Raykovo.
There is a planetarium, an ethnographic museum and an art gallery.
Every year you can to visic International ETHNO-JAZZ festival "JULY JAZZ Smolyan " - in JULY. The festival meeting diferent art and crafts. Famous artists, young musicians and interpretators come to Smolyan to join in the festival. Wotk-shops: music, thetre, drama, dance, painting, crafts and iconograpfi. CHILD ART CAMP - "Work-shop for little 'big' people" started in 2008 and art and social pratform for discus for young people. Don't hasitate - come here! www.julyjazzbg.com
Tourists can be accommodated in two big and a great number of small private family ones.
Smolyan is a starting point for many mountain routes. The Smolyan lakes and the Smolyan waterfall are located not far from the town.