1. Natural Architectural Reserve Shiroka Laka

The village of Shiroka Laka is a natural architectural and folklore reserve as more than 90 local artifacts are important cultural assets and memorials. Most of these are authentic Rhodopa mountain houses built in a unique for the area architectural style. The most popular among them are the Zgurovska, the Uchikovska and the Grigorovska houses. The village has 2 must-see churches – “Sveti Nikola” (St. Nickola) and Dormition of the Mother of God – “Uspenie Bogorodichno”.

2. Smolyan Fortress Aetoss

The Byzantine fortress, aged VI century, is located right next to the St Panteleymon Monastery, situated at the Eastern slope of the Sokolitsa peak. During the first and second Bulgarian Kingdom the fortress played an important protective role of the area, with the Ottoman occupation it was destroyed and abandoned.

3. The Kaleto Castle near Koshnitsa village

The late-antiquity castle near the village of Koshnitsa is situated on the hilltop of a cone-shaped peak of marble karst, with an opening within the massif, forming a cave. The cave is also part of a Byzantine castle and together with the Smolyan fortress are attractions along the Central Trans-Rhodopean road through the center of the mountains, you must visit as you go.

4. The Magnificent City of Smolyan

The city of Smolyan is truly spectacular and a must-see in your travel list of Bulgarian cities – the regional centre of culture and tourism hosts events, organizes fests, serves as an administrative center and is an attraction itself, a point of interest to see in the Western Rhodopes. The city is situated in the former basin of the Cherna river. The two sides of the river have 3 major districts – Smolyan, Raykovo and Ustovo. Nowadays Smolyan is a mix of traditions and innovations, combining old-times Rhodopean architecture with modern buildings. The city is just 15km away from Pamporovo. The modern city center is renovated in a way, highlighting the best assets of both worlds – old and new, urban buildings and nature in one.

5. Perperikon (Perperek)

Perperikon is an ancient archeological artifact of the Eastern Rhodopes. The ancient Thracian megalith monument, built-in the rocks is the largest on the Balkans, 20 km northeast of the present-day city of Kardzhali. The artifact consists of a large megalith sanctuary, approx. 8000 old, ancient monuments and memorials and a Middle Ages fortress. The rock city stands on a cliff top at a height of 470m.  Romans, Goths, Bysantine Greeks and Bulgarians have lived here, till the Ottoman Turks destroyed the city in XIV century.

6. Momchilova Krepost (Momchil Fortress)

The Momchil Fortress is situated near the Gradat village, 16km away from the city of Smolyan. The fortress is built during the Late antiquity (XIV century) as part of the fortified border system of castles and fortresses against the Bysantine barbarians and the northern tribes inviding the area. 

7. Ethnographic Areal Complex of Zlatograd

The city of Zlatograd is Bulgaria’s most Southern point is home of more than 100 memorials, monuments and cultural artifacts. The Ethnographic Areal Complex in the heart of the city shows the way the town looked over 100 years ago.

8. Old Plovdiv

Visit of the city of Plovdiv, with its Old Town, dating back to the 6th millennium BCE, Plovdiv is considered one of the oldest cities in Europe. Plovdiv’s old name Philippopolis comes after the conquest of Philip II of Macedonia. The city was a Thracian settlement, invaded and inhibited by large variety of nations through the centuries - Persians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Goths, Slavs, Russians, Crusaders, and Turks. The city, similar to Rome, was built around seven hills and is often referred to as "The City of the Seven Hills".