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Smolyan is a small town, located in the southern part of Bulgaria, near the border of Greece. It is mostly known as a ski resort with a beautiful natural landscape and a popular tourist destination. Its population is about 30000, but it is larger during some parts of the year due to its reputation for having many visitors. It is only a three-hour drive from Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city.


Although it dates back to the second millennium B.C., around the 7th century the town was named by a Slavic tribe called Smolyani. During the Middle Ages, both Bulgaria and Byzantine ruled the city until it eventually fell into the hands of the Ottomans and stayed that way until the beginning of 20th century. During the Ottoman rule, Smolyan was called Pashmakli.



Smolyan is located in the valley of two rivers, Cherna and Byala, meaning Black And White River. The nature around Smolyan is amazing: forests, uprising mountains, and nearby Smolyan lakes make this city perfect place for vacation. If you did not already know, Smolyan is the highest town in Bulgaria and sits 1,010 meters above the sea level.



Smolyan lakes are 10 kilometers from the center of town, and they are one of the most amazing sites you will ever see. They are referred to as “emerald eyes”, and there are seven of them. They are very popular natural wonders and many tourists come to visit them each year.


Snejanka peak which rises above the town is connected with a rope lift, and you have to see the panorama view from it. Snejanka peak is 1,926 meters high and dominates the environment and nature around it, so you can imagine what view can be seen from its sides.



Around twenty caves are in this region. The most well-known are Golubovitsa and Uhlovitsa. Golubovitsa has a water lake in it, and Uhlovitsa has rock formations with various shapes. Both of them are very interesting places to see.


The majority of inhabitants are Bulgarians, so Eastern Orthodox Christianity is the major religion in this region. The biggest church in this region of Bulgaria is in Smolyan, the church of Saint Vissarion of Smolyan. However, the Pomak Muslim community also is notable here, which makes for a multi-ethnic environment.



The Bulgarian National Observatory is nearby, and the town also has the Rhodope drama theater.  Every summer there is an event called The Rodopi International Theater Laboratory where many actors from around the world gather here for one month to work with students and each other.

The Canyon of Waterfalls is located near the town of Smolyan where you’ll start your 6km hike in neighboring Sredoka. As you drive into Sredoka, proceed right and continue 1.5 km following the posted signs for ‘eco-path’ along the way. Once you arrive, park the vehicle and continue by foot into the wonders of canyon country.



Depending on your pace, the trail can be completed in roughly 3-4 hours. You could easily option for a full day if you decide a more leisure pace. Just don’t forget your camera and picnic basket full of water and tasty nibbles. To begin, you’ll start on the path and continue past the tourist information center before you start encountering the first of many breathtaking views the canyon.



The eco-path is well maintained and completely safe for all family members young and old. Throughout your walk you’ll be on secure ground, just use caution around moist surfaces as the waterfalls can cause slippery conditions when wet. Strategically placed steps along the trail are carved out to assist over the more challenging sections of the eco-path.





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