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Etnographic complex in Zlatograd

Zlatograd is a small town in the Rhodope Mountains located just 2 km away from the Greek border and 60 km southeast of Smolyan. Zlatograd Ethnographic Areal Complex lies in the heart of the town. It is an open-air museum which is also part of the everyday life of local people. The complex comprises an ethnographic museum, workshops and an exhibition of water equipment. The tour around the complex starts from the museum in order for visitors to become acquainted with the history of the region before they move on. The museum consists of an archaeological collection, an exhibition telling about the occupations of local people in the past, costume collections, adornments and ritual items.
Gela village is located at the foot of the most magnificent mountain peaks in the Rhodopi mountain - Goliam Perelik, Orpheus peak and peak Turlata, as the village is 18 kilometers away from Pamporovo and 30 kilometers away from Smolian town. It is situated in the heart of the mountain and the population of this small village is 98 inhabitants. This village has century-old history and has preserved beautiful legends. Legends say that this village was the birth-place of Orpheus. The name of the mythical ancient Thracian singer Orpheus is associated with many legends - his name is associated with the cave Diavolsko gurlo and with the lands around Gela village.
Situated where the meandering Arda River carves through the last spurs of the Eastern Rhodopes, the Ivaylovgrad region boasts a mild southern climate, a Mediterranean natural environment and a remarkable variety of cultural attractions. Though Ivaylovgrad is by all means off the beaten track, its direct proximity to Greece and Turkey and the new Maritsa highway makes it quite accessible. And with its quaint adobe villages, Byzantine castles and stunning Roman mosaics, the region is absolutely worth exploring! From the best place to observe rare birds of prey to a church built in seven days.
  This small Bulgarian village hideaway of Leshten is located in the Dabrash section of the Rhodope Mountains just 5 km north of Garmen, 75 km south of Blagoevgrad and 2 km south of Gorno Dryanovo. Leshten is considered a quite summer holiday retreat for the local Bulgarians and Europeans. This beautiful village was once a bustling town with over 500 inhabitants in the early part of the  20th century. However, today there’s only a handful of year round residences that call Leshten home. This doesn’t change the fact that in summer, visitors still migrate here to relax, unwind and bask in the beauty of the region.  
The town of Smolyan has 33 153 inhabitants and is 850 to 1050 m above sea level. It is picturesquely scattered in the narrow gorge of Cherna River (Black River), in the most beautiful part of the Rhodope Mountains. It is about 260 km south-east of Sofia, 103 km south of Plovdiv, 87 km west of Kurdzhali, 46 km south-east of Devin and 16 km south of Pamporovo Resort. This is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian towns and a regional administrative centre.
On the 18th of June, 1960 the three neighbouring villages of Smolyan, Raikovo and Ustovo merged in a town, which was named Smolyan, and presently each one of the villages is its quarter. Smolyan Quarter (at the highest altitude) is the successor of the vanished village of Ezerovo, which was situated 3 km above the town, amidst the Smolyan Lakes. During the period of the attempts to convert the native population to Islam (17th century), its inhabitants strongly opposed this act and the Turks completely destroying the village. Some of the inhabitants were killed, others ran to the mountains and those who adopted the Muslim religion populated the areas along Cherna River, where the modern quarter lies. The Turks named this new settlement Pashmaklu
The village is part of Trigrad Smolian district is located in the western Rhodope Mountains, not far from the border between Bulgaria and Greece. It lies 26 km south of the city and 40 km west of Devin Smolian city. It is situated at an altitude of 1000 m + above sea level, covers an area of 77,993 km ² and has a population of 707 inhabitants (census 01/01/2007). Many homes remain found in copper-stone age, and during that certify the origin of ancient Thracian village. The village is considered to be composed of three smaller towns, that's why it's called Trigrad (three settlements). For many, the keys are the most impressive Trigrad nature of Bulgaria. Besides incomparable Trigrad Keys region is home to about 150 caves, is the way of attraction for nature lovers, climbers and cavers throughout the year. Only two of them, Devil's Throat cave Yagodinska and are open to ordinary tourists.
Time has stopped here... You won't see people hurry for work or anything else. Life is passing with the typical tranquility of the mountain villages living. People of Zheravna are somehow over the everyday things - maybe a remain from the great past of the village.

he village now has ~330 houses and ~500 inhabitants. The middle part of the settlement is at altitude of 640 m. a.s.l. The highest peak in the surroundings is Razboyna - 1128 m. a. s. l.

Zheravna is only 32 km away from the road junction Petolachkata, at the Sofia-Bourgas highway. The roads are in good condition, in winter season they are cleaned frequently from snow (when there is some). The climate is moderate and very cold or very hot days are an exception.

Sveti Vlas has grown as a tourist resort in recent times, serving as a quieter alternative to nearby Sunny Beach. The gap between the two places is shrinking as more hotels and holiday apartments are built along the coast. Sveti Vlas lies at the northern end of a bay which has Sunny Beach in its middle and the ancient town of Nesebar at its southern end. Sunny Beach and Nesebar are easily accessible by bus or taxi, and there are also boats going between Sveti Vlas and Nesebar. The resort was mainly popular amongst inland Bulgarian tourists, but recently there is rapid growth in the number of foreign tourists, mainly from Russia, but also from Great Britain, Poland, Romania and Scandinavia. Even though Sveti Vlas was heavily developed in 2000's it remained pretty quiet and calm down place, making it good place to have a rest. Due to that fact the typical visitors in the resort are families with children.
Pomorie is situated on a narrow rocky peninsula in the southern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, 20 km from Bourgas and 18 km from Sunny Beach. The beach of Pomorie is about 5 km long. The shore is low, sandy, with a fully open horizon to the east and west. It is defended to the north from the Balkan mountain. Pomorie is well-known for the healing qualities of the mineral water in the town and for the medicinal qualities of the mud extracted during the production of salt in Pomorie Lake. Pomorie offers accommodation in hotels of different categories and prices. Pomorie Bay is preferred for yachting and sailing, wine-growing, wine-producing, production of salt and fishing.