Shiroka laka was founded in the 17th century and has now become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bulgaria. The village has preserved its architecture from the Bulgarian Revival Period, its musical culture, beautiful landscapes, and rich history.
Shiroka laka is famous for its beautiful, authentic Rhodope houses that lie amphitheatrically on both sides of the river. The local master builders were well-known throughout the country.
The village is also renowned for the folklore traditions it has preserved. Some of the most eminent singers and bagpipe-performers of Rhodope folklore songs were born in this village. The National School of Folk Arts was established in Shiroka laka in 1972.
Some of the most emblematic places of interest in the village is the Ethnographic Museum. It is arranged as a house of a wealthy Rhodope family from the end of the 19th century. Another site worth visiting is the Church of the Assumption which was built in 1834 in just 38 days by all the people of Shiroka laka.
The scenery, the architecture, the fresh air, and the venerable pine trees of this place make Shiroka laka one of the most interesting villages in Bulgaria.