Shiroka Laka Village is located in the Rhodopes, 23 km northeast of Smolyan and 16 km away from Pamporovo. The name of the village derives from the old Bulgarian word “laka” – curve, bend, river meander, probably describing the river basin, around which the village is located.  Shiroka Laka was founded in the 17th century and today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bulgaria. The village has preserved its architecture from the Bulgarian Revival Period, its musical culture, beautiful landscapes, and rich history. It is declared an architectural and nature reserve.

Shiroka Laka is popular with its beautiful, authentic Rhodopean houses, rounded around the both sides of the Shirokolashka river. The old houses are built in the typical Rhodopean style – two-storey, bay-windowed buildings with wooden stairs. Most rooms are wide, with small windows and wooden benches by the walls.  Some of the most famous are the Zgurovska, Uchikovska and Grigorovska houses.

Shiroka Laka was declared an architectural reserve and it is a part of the 100 National Tourist Sites of Bulgaria (No. 87).