Smolyan should become a centre of eco tourism in Bulgaria

The Ambassador of USA in Bulgaria James Warlick said that Smolyan city (only 10km away from Pamporovo) should become a centre of Eco tourism in Bulgaria.

He also said that Smolyan is one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria that abounds in natural, cultural and historic landmarks. He emphasized that Bulgaria just need to work on the development of eco products like the Rhodopes cheese and others and make them accessible to many people from other countries.

There are many sights to be seen in Smolyan, here are some of them:

- Museum of History, Smolyan:

Founded in 1935 by the renowned Rhodope enlighteneer, man of letters and researcher Stoyou Nedelev Shishkov. Since 1983 it has been in a specially designed museum building with a built-up area of 2 085 sq. m in the new centre of the town of Smolyan. Over 150 000 museum items are stored in the museum. It has a rich numismatic collection, an arms collection and works dedicated to various themes from the Rhodopes by famous Bulgarian painters. There is also a unique collection "Phaleristics, Heraldry and Numismatics", donated to the museum by Retired Colonel Raicho Peev Harbaliev.

- The Planetarium of Smolyan:

On September 6th 1975, the biggest Planetarium with public observatory in Bulgaria opened its doors in the town of Smolyan. The Planetarium is the town's most frequently visited place of interest. For the past 30 years it has been visited by 2,200,000 people. The planetarium and observatory complex works with no day off and has a staff of 10 people.

- Memorial Museum Collection “Laslo Nagi” - Smolyan

Opened on 30.X.1981 in Gyorjevata Kashta (a house in the "Raikovo" district), a monument of Rhodope architecture of c. 19. It has 200 sq. m of exhibition area, a multifunctional building with 50 seats and a projection booth.
The collection presents Laslo Nagi (1925-1978), an eminent Hungarian poet, publicist, translator of Bulgarian folk songs and poetry, a painter, a winner of the International Botev's Award (1976), an honorary citizen of Smolyan (1976). A bronze bas-relief by Yanosh Oros - The Poet with a Flower - is fitted at the entrance of the house. It is a gift from the Hungarian Embassy, with whose cooperation more exhibits were acquired and a traditional village room form Laslo Nagi's homeland was furnished.

by www.bulgaria-hotels.com, www.smoljaninfo.org, www.planetarium-sm.org

Top quality rose oil is produced in Bulgaria
20.04.2012

Top quality rose oil is produced in Bulgaria

A month before the 2012 Rose Festival in Bulgaria we decided to present to your attention an article about the famous Bulgarian rose oil which local people produce from Rosa damascena.
Rose oil (attar of roses) is an indispensable ingredient in virtually all fine perfumes made by most famous producers like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lancôme, Bulgari, Chanel.... Modern cosmetics is unthinkable without rose oil. It is a very expensive product. Grams of rose oil are as valuable as grams of gold. Much like coffee, which is of best quality and finest aroma when grown in particular areas, it is the Bulgarian-grown rose which is the most aromatic one. Every beginner in the fragrance industry knows that the top quality rose oil is produced in Bulgaria.

Skiing or Snowboarding
19.04.2012

Skiing or Snowboarding

Winter sports are growing in popularity and many people are now having a go at skiing or snowboarding. Once considered to be an expensive pastime, it is now possible to go on a winter sports holiday for a relatively cheaper price. France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy are still popular, but other countries, like Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania, are now offering excellent facilities at a cheaper price.

No matter where you choose to go, the most important consideration is which discipline you want to pursue. Both are exhilarating, both offer the chance to experience high speeds and whichever you try, you can guarantee you will fall down a lot when you start out.

Bulgaria Top Destination for Hunting Red Deer
17.10.2011

Bulgaria Top Destination for Hunting Red Deer

Bulgaria has emerged as one of the most popular global destinations for the hunting of red deer among "hunting tourists," according to the State Forestry Agency.

Bulgaria- a leading health tourism destination?
11.10.2011

Bulgaria- a leading health tourism destination?

In 2013 the European Union will apply a new directive, that patients, who have received medical service in other European countries, will have the chance to get their expenses refunded.

Qatar Airways to launch more flights to Bulgaria
19.09.2011

Qatar Airways to launch more flights to Bulgaria

Qatar Airways plans to increase the frequency of flights from Bulgaria's capital city Sofia to Qatar's capital Doha and to launch new routes to the country within a year, the air carrier's chief executive Akbar al-Baker said on September 15 2011.

2011 Burgas Sand Fest
05.07.2011

2011 Burgas Sand Fest

Sand Sculptures Festival 2011 started in the city of Bourgas, at the Black Sea coast, from July 02. Last year it attracted 70,000 visitors.

Rally Bulgaria 2011 starts in Borovets on July 08
05.07.2011

Rally Bulgaria 2011 starts in Borovets on July 08

The competition will take place from July 8th to 10th in Borovets and this year it will be the 6th round of the Europe Rally Championship for 2011. The Rally will have a total length of 781, 58 km and the length of the special stages will be 257, 76 km.

Bulgarian monasteries are top sites for foreign tourists
27.06.2011

Bulgarian monasteries are top sites for foreign tourists

Rila monastery, Bachkovo and Troyan monasteries are the sites that attract the most foreign tourists in Bulgaria, Nikolai Mindov, chairperson of Association of Bulgarian Tour Guides told Focus news agency.

A Cross forest- the Rhodope Jerusalem- a
17.06.2011

A Cross forest- the Rhodope Jerusalem- a "must- see" sight near Pamporovo!

If you happen to be in Pamporovo in summer, don't miss to visit the nearby (only 40km away) Cross forest.

Elevation Music Festival
07.06.2011

Elevation Music Festival

On June 24 and 25, 2011 the first Elevation music festival will be held near Bansko- in Razlog Valley, Bulgaria.

Kazanlak Rose Festival
02.06.2011

Kazanlak Rose Festival

Every year, during the first weekend of June, local community in Kazanlak organizes the annual Rose Festival.

Russians and Romanians visit Sozopol to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist
24.03.2011

Russians and Romanians visit Sozopol to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist

There is a rise in the tourists who come from Russia, Romania and Ukraine to visit Sozopol in order to see the holy remains of St. John the Baptist, representatives of the tourist business commented, "Your day" daily reported.

Bulgaria may become a leading SPA destination for German tourists
23.03.2011

Bulgaria may become a leading SPA destination for German tourists

There is a high possibility for Bulgaria to become a leading destination for SPA tourism, as it has been discussed between the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Ivo Marinov and representatives of the General Union of the State Health Insurance Funds in Germany on the international tourist fair ITB Berlin.

Seven real- time web cameras from Borovets!
28.02.2011

Seven real- time web cameras from Borovets!

Now you can check seven real- time web-cams from Borovets!

Borosport Funpark 2011 opened
14.02.2011

Borosport Funpark 2011 opened

Great interest and enthusiasm meet the launching of Borosport Funpark 2011!