This town about 105 mi/170 km southeast of Sofia in the lovely Rhodope Mountains can be seen on a long day trip from Plovdiv, though we recommend an overnight stay.

At 3,310 ft/1,009 m, Smolyan is Bulgaria's highest town and is set against a beautiful backdrop. The town has a historical museum that contains excellent regional ethnographic exhibits and an art gallery showcasing modern Bulgarian art.

Smolyan also offers a planetarium, Rhodopean Dramatic Theatre and several good examples of Bulgaria's National Revival architecture.

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