Smolyan is 90 km from Plovdiv.
Smolyan charms with a fascinating combination of old and new architecture. The best of typical folk houses, from the time of Bulgarian national revival are to be found in the Rhodopes.
An excellent example is Pangalova’s house. Other notable buildings include the palace of Ali Bey in the Raikovo quarter, whose oldest part was constructed in 1780. The biggest Planetarium with public observatory in Bulgaria is built in Smolyan.