After two previous attempts, today we finally made it out of Smolyan to the nearby village of Shiroka Laka (22 km away).
The weather was great and the drive–along a narrow, forested road– was even more beautiful than I remembered.
I don’t really know why I like little Shiroka Laka so much–perhaps it’s the authentic Rhodopean houses, tiny churches, or Ottoman era bridges.
Even in the dead of winter, the village is completely charming.
As much as it sometimes hinders our travel plans, winter in the Rhodopes is a beautiful time of year. All the little villages seem even more quaint and magical.
We are planning another visit to the village in early March for Pesponedelnik–one of the most well-known and visited kukeri festivals in Bulgaria.
Until then, I hope you enjoy some of the photos I took on our little adventure.