Smolyan, born by human love and a generous mother nature, jealously keeps the
best examples of local architecture. Straddling the river Cherna, it is surrounded
by centenarian forests and lofty cliffs reflecting in the clear waters of the
Smolyan has had an eventful history. The area was populated during the second
and first millennium B.C., and the town owes its name to the tribe of the Smolyany
who came to this place in the 7th century.
In early 20th century, there were three neighbourhoods at the site of todays
Smolyan: Ustovo, Raikovo and Smolyan. The local houses are unique for Bulgaria.
Todays Smolyan is a modern economic, cultural and tourist centre.
The favourable climate and mountain charm make the Smolyan area the perfect
place for holiday and recreation during all seasons.