Starý Smokovec is a popular resort for skiing and hiking. It also forms the junction of the Tatra Electric Railway train line, connecting Poprad, Tatranská Lomnica and Štrbské Pleso. Amongst the more important buildings in the district are the sanatorium and the Grand Hotel (established in 1904). It is connected by the Starý Smokovec–Hrebienok funicular to the small ski resort of Hrebienok at 1285 m.
The village of NOVY SMOKOVEC (1,000 m, population 700) west of Stary Smokovec was also a spa centre, which continues up to the present time. Its foundation was a response to the new trends in balneology as a fashionable branch of therapy in the second half of the 19th century. Mikulas Szontagh brought the desire to own a proper high-mountain sanatorium over from Switzerland.
The village of Horny Smokovec is located east of village Starý Smokovec.
The village of Dolny Smokovec is located south of village Starý Smokovec.