Smolyan Province (Област
Смолян, Oblast Smolyan) is a province in southern Bulgaria.
Greece and is situated in the Rhodope Mountains.
The province has
a sizable minority of Bulgarian Muslims
constitute 58,758 people out of the
province's total 140,066, some 41,599 being Eastern Orthodox
and 39,003 deciding not to
discuss their religion 
The economy of the province is based on tourism, mining, timber and
machine industries and livestock raising. The main crops of the
region are potatoes (about 30% of the national production), rye and
barley; but sheep, pigs and cattle are of greater importance for
the agriculture. In the eastern parts of the province are located
more than 20 lead and zinc mines, which form one of the most
extensive ore deposits in the Balkans
coniferous forests are prerequisite for well developed timber
industry in Dospat, Smolyan, Devin. In Smolyan there are
big plants producing machine tools and other machinery, while
textile industry is mainly developed to the east in Nedelino, Zlatograd, Madan and Rudozem.
also a synthetic rubber plant in Madan.
tourism is the backbone of the economy, especially in winter due to
the excellent ski resorts of Pamporovo and Chepelare; having been completely renovated and
The only factory for skiing equipment is located
in Chepelare and employs 400 people. The mineral springs in
popular among tourists. The beautiful, unspoilt nature and the
spectacular gorges, rock bridges and caves attract many people from
around the country as well as foreign tourists, while the numerous
dams are popular with campers and fishermen.
city is Smolyan, and other
The Miraculous bridges